The ukulele is a plucked stringed instrument, used as the main instrument in the music of Hawaiian Islands, Tahiti, and Easter Island that originally had five strings. It is an adaptation of the Portuguese cavaquinho created in the 1880s in Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It later spread to French Polynesia and Easter Island with a more rustic carving, giving rise to the Tahitian or Polynesian ukulele.
The four dimensions of the ukulele are soprano, concerto, tenor, and baritone. In the 1920s the ukulele concerto was developed, a little larger in size and also with a slightly deeper sound. Today the ukulele has four strings, but there are also six and eight-string models.
The concert size ukulele is about 58 cm, it is a little bigger than the soprano, is more comfortable to play, and has more free frets. In addition, the larger size of the soundboard offers more bass volume, greater sound depth than the soprano, and more space between the first frets.
The tenor size ukulele is approximately 67 cm, usually used a lot in fingerpicking. The larger scale allows for more separated frets, making fingering and chord formation easier. The greater separation between strings facilitates strumming. Also, its bigger soundboard offers more volume, with many more basses.
In Maderas Barber we have rosettes for the different sizes of ukulele, both for concert and tenor and for soprano. The rosettes are the perfect accessory to customize your ukulele, discover our models. You can also find machine-heads and saddles for the three types of ukulele.
The ukulele sides are an important part of the soundboard, along with the backs are responsible for transmitting the bass sounds. The ukuleles are instruments of a smaller size than the guitar so its soundboard acquires greater importance in achieving a good sound, which is why the choice of the sides is an important part in the final finish of the instrument.
Maderas Barber decided to eliminate the inferior qualities in its selection process for this type of instruments, and we decided to group the medium and high qualities in one standard, thus raising the quality level of our woods. We also decided to bet on a great variety of woods and look for the best balance between the most exotic and spectacular, and at the same time, with the best sound qualities.
The ukulele fingerboard, as in the most of the plucked string instruments, is the part of the instrument that suffers the most wear and tear due to the rubbing of the strings and fingers.
The most commonly used woods for fingerboards are dense woods with a great power of resistance and good acoustic properties. Maintenance is very important in these pieces. One of the ways to achieve greater longevity in our fingerboards is to use special oils to nourish the wood so that it doesn’t break.
Both Ebony and Indian Rosewood not only fulfill this function perfectly, but will also give your instrument a leap in quality due to its many properties and prestige.
The Ukulele Concert or Ukulele Tenor backs, together with the sides and tops make up the instrument’s soundboard and are responsible for transmitting the lower sounds. In addition, this is one of the most visible parts and therefore are vital in providing beauty to the instrument.
Maderas barber decided to eliminate the inferior qualities in its selection process for this type of instruments, and we decided to group the medium and high qualities into one standard, thus raising the quality level of our woods. We also decided to bet on a great variety of woods and look for the best balance between the most exotic and spectacular ones, and at the same time, with the best sound qualities.
The ukulele neck, unlike the classical guitar neck, is much smaller so the tension it causes on the strings is less because the distance between the pegs and the bridge is shorter. Also, the size of the ukulele neck has been related to guitarists or musicians who were more comfortable playing an instrument with a smaller neck, as they could access to the frets much better.
In Maderas Barber we have necks of American Mahogany certified FSC 100%, African Mahogany and Cedar of the best quality to satisfy the demand of our customers.
The Ukulele top is surely the most important part of the instrument to transmit the desired sound. Both tops and backs can be built in one piece or in two symmetrical pieces as the guitar is built.
Maderas barber decided to eliminate the inferior qualities in its selection process for this type of instruments, and we decided to group the medium and high qualities into one standard, thus raising the quality level of our woods.
The European Spruce, the American Spruce or Engelman and the Canadian Red Cedar are the queen when choosing the wood for the top of any stringed instrument. The three woods can be found in Maderas Barber.