Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
John D'angelico (1905-1964) built some of the finest archtop guitars ever made. He learned how to make instruments from his great uncle Signor Ciani who was famed for his mandolin and flat top guitars. Mr. D'angelico further studied violin making and the classical influence is apparent in his f-hole archtops. He was able to produce about 35 instruments a year at the peak of production. While D'angelico guitars are not noted for exceptional power or volume, they do possess an exceptionally smooth mellow tone, fantastic sustain, and such balance that every note up and down the fingerboard is said to ring with the same clarity and volume. These instruments are excellent for stage or studio. D'angelico mandolins are exceedingly rare as well. There were only 3 ukuleles made by John D'angelico. One is a Spruce top Tenor that resides in the American Guitar Museum in New York. The second is a mahogany standard from the 30s. The last is this Tenor Sunburst Tiple. Perhaps the only D'angelico ukulele that is available on the open market.
This instrument is available through Ukulele Puapua. Please inquire with Tyler for more details, or to set up a viewing of the instrument. Mahalo.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Kimo Hussey has been a great supporter of both the UGH and 'ukulele in general. Here he shares a rare Baritone 6 string from Eric DeVine of Lahaina.
Your truly with the asymmetrical Road Toad tenor.
Here are some shots from the Ukulele Guild of Hawai'i that was held at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel on November 20-21 of this year. The Ukulele Guild is held yearly in Honolulu as an opportunity for local professional and hobbyists to come and showcase their works. This is also an excellent opportunity for ukulele afficionados to do some reasearch and drooling. Lots of drooling. Anyhow, this is the event through which I have gotten to know some of the finest builders both here and abroad. Lately, this event has seen entries from Hawai'i, the mainland U.S., and even Japan! I hope that you will all mark your calendars now for next year's UGH. It is usually held on the weekend of the third week of November. Mahalo!