1950s Harmony Concert Ukulele

I've had a number of this same model through the shop and they're one of my first suggestions for folks looking for a vintage concert ukulele. Because of their lightweight bracing and thinly cut top, they sound a lot like a vintage Favilla and come close to the sweetness/expression of an old Martin concert but are a little bit more on the plain side as far as voicing goes. There's a nice, woody, simplicity to the sound that's engaging because it's also loud and clean.

A customer sent this in for work and after getting it done, it's turned into a nice little player. These ukes feel much more upscale than they let-on at first glance and their bodies and neck are solid mahogany throughout.

Work included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, install of Gotoh geared UPT pegs, and a setup.

Setup notes: it plays spot-on with 1/16" action at the 12th fret and it's strung with Aquila Nylgut. I think fluorocarbon strings would give it some more sparkle and sweetness, but these Aquilas do sound good.

Scale length: 14 3/4"
Nut width: 1 7/16"
String spacing at nut: 1 1/8"
String spacing at bridge: 1 3/4"
Body length: 10 7/8"
Lower bout width: 7 3/4"
Waist width: 4 7/8"
Upper bout width: 5 7/8"
Side depth at endpin: 2 5/8"
Top wood: solid mahogany
Back/sides wood: solid mahogany
Neck wood: mahogany
Bracing type: ladder
Fretboard: rosewood, brass frets
Bridge: mahogany
Neck feel: slim-to-medium c/d shape, flat board

Condition notes: there's a little finish fill at the sides of the heel/body joint and there's a filled dot at the back of the heel (that's from adding bolt-reinforcement for the neck joint as these have a stock dowel joint which is not the best). Otherwise, it's in good order and has zero cracks and only the most minor wear and tear to the finish.

The nut is original bone.

The cream-buttoned Gotoh 4:1 pegs are such a huge upgrade compared to any other uke tuner I've used. They're totally worth the entry price.