Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

Here is a great combination of tonewoods for small instruments.  This is the Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele.

Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele

Tonally warm western red cedar sound board.

The Woods

BodyWestern Claro Walnut.  Good color, good figure and medium low density.

Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele

Western claro walnut body.

Sound BoardWestern Red Cedar.  Tonally, I think cedar is warmer than redwood.

NeckWestern Black Walnut with Eastern Cherry lamination.  I laminated the neck with cherry to mimic the color of the cedar sound board.  Passive carbon fiber truss rod, of course.

Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele

Western black walnut with Eastern cherry lamination.

Finger Board and BridgeEbony species.

Accent WoodsOregon Black Walnut Burl.

Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele

Oregon black walnut burl accents.

BindingIndia Rosewood with maple/black purfling accent.

The Rest of the Build

Strings:  Pepe Romero flourocarbon with smooth wound  “D”.  This combination is warm and enticing.  I’m still up in the air about the “best” combinations for baritone ukulele.  I’ve been using Thomastik cf30/27 on the “D/G” and have recently tried Oasis with smooth brass wound “D/G” as well.  They all have their attributes.

Nut and Saddle:  unbleached bone.

Claro and Walnut Baritone Ukulele

Rosewood binding with maple/black purfling.

Fret Board Markers:  white MOP.

CaseCrossrock ABS/Kala


This instrument has a 20 ” scale and with the Romero strings is easy to play, warm and full bodied in my opinion.   I’ll get some more feedback soon since it should be delivered today.   I have a new 21″ scale instrument with Sitka top and the same string combination and find this instrument to be the equal of the longer scale but warmer of voice.  Not complainin’, just sayin’!  It’s so much a personal thing.

Basically, I don’t think you can go wrong with a Claro and Cedar Baritone Ukulele!