Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele - Sold

I’ve named this one the Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele because it’s got Honduran Rosewood everywhere.  This is another of my builds focusing on a specific wood.  This is a Big Baritone shape.  A Honduran Rosewood Tenor Guitar?

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

A classic look.

It’s All About The Wood

Body:  Honduran Rosewood.  It took me a while to pick this particular set from almost 100 listed at Marvel Woods.  Yikes, it must have been at least an hour.  Why, you might ask?  Well, I wanted a set that was about the right size without too much waste (they are all guitar sets) and I wanted a set that exhibited lots of fun colors and grain.  These woods do have a distinct reddish hue that will darken some with time.  I particularly liked the matching sap wood back strip and sides.  I think I’ve mentioned before that the tap tone of these woods is classic rosewood–think Brazilian.

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

Honduran Rosewood back and sides.

Sound Board:  Another example of old growth Sitka.  This wood has a particular tap tone of its own.  It’s also been perfectly quarter sawn.  The color reflects it’s age.

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

OLd growth sitka spruce sound board.

Neck:  Honduran Mahogany with carbon fiber truss rod.  The finish is all epoxy and sanded to 4000gt and super smoooooth.

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

Honduran mahogany neck.

Fret Board and Bridge:  Yep, you guessed it,  radiused Honduran Rosewood.  Jorge at Marvel had just posted this material to his website.  The scale is the classic 20″.

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

Honduran rosewood finger board and bridge.

Accent Woods:  Honduran Rosewood.

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

Honduran rosewood binding and sound hole rosette.

Binding:  Honduran Rosewood.  Ho-hum!  Oh, I did use white/black fiber for purfling accents.

The Rest Of The Build

Tuners:  Gotoh UPT.

Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele

Honduran rosewood accents.

Strings:  Oasis Baritone linear with wound D/G.

Case:  Crossrock ABS.

Fret Board Markers:  white MOP.

Nut and Saddle:  stained, unbleached bone.


My client fell into this one immediately.  Me too.  The 20″ scale is easy to play for finger-style and light strumming.  The tone with this combination of woods is noticeably guitar-like as well with a good balance of brights and lows–and the strings were not completely set at delivery.  I was itching to drop it to G and play some slack key but then it would have been “used”.  Check, check and double check!  I kinda like this Honduran Rosewood Baritone Ukulele.