Aloha Soprano Ukulele , c. 1922

Aloha  Soprano Ukulele ,  c. 1922
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Aloha Soprano Ukulele, c. 1922, made in Hawaii, natural varnish finish, koa wood body and neck, black hard shell case.

This Hawaiian-made Ukulele looks to date to the early/mid-1920s, still with the slimmer waisted body more characteristic of original earlier 1910's ukes. It is made entirely of Koa in the native Hawaiian style and branded "Aloha Hawaii" on the headstock with the "Tabu-Made in Hawaii" hot stamp under the soundhole. Construction is typically Hawaiian with the Spanish-style slipper foot neck joint, one-piece bridge and "zipper" style wood marquetry around the top edge and soundhole. This uke was likely originally sold in Hawaii as a souvenir; some of the original workmanship is a bit sloppy but is a very good quality instrument and a fine sounding uke.
 
Overall length is 21 in. (53.3 cm.), 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 13 3/8 in. (340 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/16 in. (36 mm.).

This uke shows some wear and repair but is in good condition for a 100 or so year old piece. There is one tightly sealed crack off the treble end of the bridge and spots of sloppy assembly around the neck joint area, but everything is solid. There is a small chip off the top corner of the headstock. It is fitted with ivoroid violin style tuners that are very attractive but may not be original; they are certainly period.

The very thin varnish finish has some odd checking patterns mostly on the top with dings, dents and scuffs overall. The headstock decal shows some minor loss but is still quite attractive. As with most koa ukes this is a really nice sounding instrument; as is typical many Hawaiian-made ukuleles the action gets noticeably higher after the fifth fret but the uke plays well in the first position, which is all it was intended to do. This is a lovely souvenir of the early era of the Ukulele, a nice piece of Hawaiian history. Very Good + Condition.