5/24/2018

1950s Favilla Baritone Ukulele




This Favilla bari is has to definitely be on the earlier side (very late '40s or early '50s) of production. Its body shape and bracing (like a single-ladder-braced Favilla soprano uke but bigger) is a little different from the average Favillas and it sounds like nothing other than a big uke! This is in contrast to the more "flamenco" classical guitar vibe that I usually associate with Favillas. It still has the "airy sparkle" thing going on, but with a bit of a faster attack and decay that I associate more with smaller ukes. Interesting!

I worked on this for a customer and it was totally beat when it arrived. There are/were numerous hairline cracks on the top and back, the neck needed a reset, all the inlay in the fretboard was gone, and who knows what else I fixed and forgot about. In the end, work included a neck reset, cleating and sealing-up the 3 or 4 hairline cracks on the top and 5 or 6 on the back, a fret level/dress, replacement dot inlay (I oversized it as I have plenty of 1/4" pearl dots on hand), new bone saddle, and a setup. It plays spot-on and just like a Favilla -- by which I mean: superb!

Specs are: 19" scale, 1 7/16" nut width, 1 1/8" string spacing at the nut, 1 9/16" spacing at the bridge, 1/16" action height at the 12th fret, 10" lower bout, 7 1/2" upper bout, and 3 1/2" side depth at the endblock. The neck is straight and has a medium, C-shaped rear profile and flat board.

The body is solid mahogany and so is the neck. The fretboard and bridge are rosewood. The instrument is also entirely original except for the saddle and new dots. It has a ton of wear/tear to the finish which includes a bit of picking-wear next to the fretboard and lots of little nicks, dings, and scratches. There's a healthy dose of weather-check to the finish, too.













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