Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

I didn’t have to select any of the woods for this Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele.  My client did all the leg work.

The Woods

Body:  Curly and colorful Oregon Myrtle.  You know, the Koa of the Pacific Northwest.

Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele

Curly, blond and brown Oregon Myrtle wood.

Sound Board:  Curly Port Orford Cedar–yummy and warm.

NeckHonduran Mahogany with carbon truss rod.   I usually use Black Limba for most of my Myrtle builds but there is so much brown in this myrtle set that mahogany proves to be the better choice.

Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele

Honduran neck a good match.

Binding and Accents:  Curly Hawaiian Koa with blue/black fiber purfling.

Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele

Curly koa binding with blue/black purfling accents.

Finger Board and BridgeEbony species.  21 inch scale.

The Rest of the Build

CaseCrossrock ABS.

StringsPepe Romero flourocarbon with wound 4th.

Nut and Saddlebone.

TunersGotoh UPT in black.

Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele

Fender style peg head with Gotoh UPT’s.


The double puka design size and placement is a collaboration between the client and I.  The sound holes are not the same size and are asymmetrically placed.  The side port is retained in this build.  The bridge also is a design collaboration.

Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele

Just your basic curly Myrtle wood.

Originally I intended to use Oasis Baritone strings with wound 3 & 4 but I ordered the wrong set–duh!  Actually the string diameters of the Oasis and the Romero are approximately the same so I used my standard Romero set  and included a set of the Oasis as well for the new owner to try at his leisure.  After the strings started to set, I found the sound to be very pleasing.  I’m really not sure that the wound 3 is a necessity. A wound 3rd gives the instrument a bit more punch but is also a little more guitarish in sound.  Depends on your ear I guess.

I believe this Myrtle Port Orford Baritone Ukulele is going for an around the world cruise this coming year and should sound good playing  “Tiare O’Tahiti”.   Pictures please!