Mango Baritone Uke on its way to Texas

Today I shipped the first of two Baritone ukuleles to a customer in Texas.  She had wanted two Mango Baritone ukuleles with  cut-a-ways and electronic pickup systems; one for her and one for her Pastor. The Pastor’s birthday is this month so I focused on getting his instrument ready before hers.  She was a jewel to work with, like many of my customers who want something special, an instrument built specifically for them with their input.

The instrument has curly mango back and sides, a sinker redwood top, ebony fingerboard and head plate with an eagle cut from various shell pieces inlayed on the head. The rosette and purfling are paua abalone. The electronics are the new B-Band (1.3) systems for ukuleles that have build in tuners.

I have nine other instruments in various stages of instruction, two for customers and the others for the Reno Ukulele Festival in April. (


Finished Bro 6-1 Finisshed Bro Headplate Finished Bro 5-1

About jcclarkukuleles

I'm a retired Navy Fighter pilot who began building classical guitars and ukuleles in Tucson in 2004. I moved back to my boyhood town here in Nebraska in the summer of 2006 and continued building classical and parlor guitars as well as all four sizes of ukuleles. I am a member of The Guild of American Luthiers and The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans. I also write a regular column for GuitrarMaker magazine.
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