The baritone is the largest of the ukulele family and in essence is a small guitar as it is strung the same as the bottom four strings of a guitar DGBE. This allows the player to move from playing guitar to playing ukelele with out having to learn new chords!
This particular model was a commission build and the client requested the heart shaped off-set soundhole. The bracing pattern used to accomodate this is what is called “Kasha Style” bracing and has no less than 27 individual hand made braces on the underside of the top alone. Some of these braces are no bigger than a match stick and are tapered from top to bottom as well as side to side.
The back and sides were made from hand selected mahogany, Sitka Spruce soundboard, mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The bindings are locally sourced Sycamore and the purflings boxwood and ebony. Bone nut and saddle along with Gotoh machine heads finish it all off.
The combinations of timbers are entirely down to the choice of the customer so anything is possible really as well as the shape of the soundhole.
Follow the link below to see a series of photographs detailing the build process of the Baritone Ukulele.