c.1955 Harmony Baritone Uke (another one!)

It seems like I have a never-ending supply of beautiful Harmony baris from the '50s! I've been very lucky in picking them up, lately -- usually it's just a lot of '60s ones floating around. This is, of course, a thin-topped, all-solid mahogany, crack-free, bone nut & saddle, Braz. rosewood bridge & fretboard, red-headed beauty!

This has to be one of the best ones I've had in, as well -- after a fret dress and setup it plays fantastically and is loud and snappy in terms of tone, with that warm, sweet, sort of samba/mellow jazzy mwah to it. Great soloing instrument and also a very strong accompaniment instrument.

Remains of the '50s label, bone nut. Original tuners, too.

Brass frets, freshly dressed... faux-MOP dots.

Rosewood bridge, bone saddle, and, of course... I've tied them like a uke should have its strings tied, rather than classical fashion. Check out the beautiful curly/light flamey figure on that top! I'm smitten!

Such nice wood...!

And the usual tortoise trim.

Back is less figured but has that gorgeous, simple, straight-grain mahogany look like you see on old Martins.

More lovely 'hog over here!

Good neck set.

Here you can see some of that tortoise in the sun.

1 comment:

Chad said...

why should a uke have its strings tied that way? is it something to do with the potential of too much upward pull on the bridge/saddle? or?