5/17/2018

1940s Favilla Mahogany Soprano Ukulele




Want the feel, vibe, and tone of a vintage Martin Style 0 soprano but don't want to shell-out the $500+ for one before repairs? These old New York-made Favillas have got it going on. They're much like your average Martin but their overall tone is just a touch brighter and more lively rather than routinely darker/velvet. For my own playing style (I lean towards brighter koa sounds), I really like that as I get a more articulate tone out of them -- or maybe it's just a different tone? Breathier -- or something like that.

Feel-wise, their necks, fretboards, and scale are very close to Martins so those familiar (or looking for) a Martin will not feel alienated by the touch of these. That is to say -- they feel like a quality instrument.

Work included a fret level/dress, hairline crack cleats/repairs to one on the top to the treble side of the bridge and one smaller one on the back-lower-bout, side dots install, cleaning, and a good setup with Martin fluorocarbon strings. The frets are low and small (typical for Favillas) which gives it a very slick touch for sliding chords up and down the neck.

Specs are: 13 1/2" scale length, 1 3/18" nut width, 1 3/32" string spacing at the nut, 1 9/16" spacing at the bridge, 6 1/2" lower bout width, 5" upper bout, and 2 1/4" side depth at the endblock. The neck has a mild-to-medium C-shaped rear profile and flat board. The body, neck, and bridge are solid mahogany while the fretboard is rosewood and the nut is ebony. Action is spot-on 1/16" at the 12th fret and the neck is straight. The uke is entirely original and the original satin finish has a little checking here and there and a few minor scratches but is otherwise clean.








The original tuners are working just fine.







It comes with its original canvas case!

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