Ukulele of handcrafted construction. The fretboard at the lid level (as is mostly stylized in the four Venezuelans or in the elus) allows to relieve the weight of the instrument, subtracting unnecessary mass. This material reduction helps the propagation of more bass frequencies, giving a sweeter tone to the intruder timbre. The bridge is also reduced and the ropes are closer to the lid.
- WEIGHT: 450 gr
- HIGH: 65 cm
- WIDTH: 23 cm
- DEPTH: 8 cm
- CONSTRUCTION TIME (if any): 1 month
- FINISH: lacquer rubber to alcohol
- TUNING: sun – do -mi – the
- STOCK: yes
- FUNDA: Does not include Cover. Consult.
History and origin of the ukulele
The instrument was born in the late 19th century in Hawaii. The story dates back to August 23, 1879 when the famous British ship SS Ravenscrag arrived at Honolulu Harbour with a crew of about 420 people, destined to work on sugarcane plantations. When some of the Portuguese sailors landed, they decided to sing some songs, just as Joao Fernandes took his Portuguese cavaquinho, to encourage the arrival. When he played a song with that artifact, he surprised the locals, who had not heard music the same.
During this colonial era many Portuguese lived on the island and therefore carried with them their culture, music and of course their traditional instruments such as cavaquinho, a four-string instrument very popular in Portugal and Madeira. Many of them arrived to work on sugar plantations but some stayed at the end of their contracts in order to develop their own businesses.
Three crew members of the SS Ravenscrag: Augusto Dias, Manuel Nunes and José do Espirito Santo, settled in Honolulu and set up their carpentry business, where they manufactured all kinds of things in wood, including some musical instruments. Thanks to their creativity and good work they invented the ukulele, a hybrid in the shape of cavaquinho and its four strings, but with a reentrant tuning similar to the 5–string crack.