New Super Baritone Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

I’ve been busy!  Here’s the first of a large batch of new instruments.  I’m calling this a New Super Baritone Ukulele.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Reddish Honduran Rosewood back and sides.

So What’s so New?

Shape:  I guess I should discuss this first.  I and my client have been enamored with the Santa Cruz Guitar Company Firefly parlor guitar for some time.  I’ve just been too busy to explore the shape for a new instrument until recently.  Based roughly on the Firefly and the “J” series jumbo guitars, I think that I have created an  instrument with good volume and bridge placement on the sound board.  This particular instrument has a 20″ scale by request although my original plans are for 21″ and perhaps 15 frets to the sound board as with my standard baritone.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Big brother to my super tenor sized ukulele.

Volume:  With more volume comes more depth and flavor of tonality.  It may not look it since I don’t have a standard baritone to compare with but this instrument comes close to the size and volume of the early small Martin Parlor Guitars.  I believe that I can truly call it a baritone and maybe not an ukulele.

It’s All About the Woods

Back and Sides:  I’m using a new wood for me–Honduran Rosewood.   The tap tone of this wood is the equal to a set of Brazilian that I have in stock.  In fact, I thought the tone was better.  This piece worked relatively easy.  Rosewood really comes into play with a larger instrument.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Honduran Rosewood sounds like Brazilian.

Sound Board:  Old growth and very tight grained California Redwood.  Redwood is rapidly becoming my favorite sound board.  Bright, not as soft as cedar, and very responsive to low string tension.

Binding:  India Rosewood with wite/black purfling turned out to be a perfect compliment.  I didn’t want binding to detract from the beauty of the Honduran rosewood.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Redwod and rosewood.

Finger Board Bridge:  Last year I came across some Malagasy Rosewood from Madagascar.  This was obtained by Gilmer Wood way back.  It is, I believe, impossible to obtain at the present.  So, what I have, is probably all that I will be able to get.   It has beautiful grain, color and a wonderfully brilliant tap tone.   What  a perfect compliment to the reddish tones of the redwood and Honduran.  Both are radiused and the nut is 1.5″ by request.  India rosewood binding added to compliment.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Malagasy rosewood finger board and bridge.

Neck:  Honduran Mahogany with internal carbon truss rod.

Accent Woods:  Honduran Rosewood.  Keeping it simple and clean.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Pretty good grain match.

The Rest of the Build

Strings:  A comination of Oasis on the 1/2 and Thomastik-Infeld on the 3/4.  I thought I had a complete set of the Oasis but no.  Actually the T-I have a little more tension than the brass wound 3/4 of the Oasis.  Both are smooth wound.

Nut and Saddle:  unbleached bone.

Tuners:  Gotoh open-back guitar style 15:1 ratio.

Case:  Crossrock ABS.  OOOOH! it just fits.  I thought at first that I might have to go for a 3/4 guitar case.  Perfect!

A New Super Baritone Ukulele

Snug fit!


During building I was impressed with the tap tone of the instrument.  I  have an unfinished parlor guitar in the shop and this puppy comes close.   My first impression with strings put a smile on my face for sure.  Volume–yes.  Tone–you bet.  It’s not boomy.  This is an instrument for finger-style playing for sure.  Who needs amplification.

A New Super Baritone Ukulele with super sound.  Can’t wait to make another!