Pete Howlett Ukulele
call: 07811 054584  email:

Californian-style Tenor

The term ‘Californian style’ was coined by Jake Maclay and is used to denote the hardwood/spruce combination used for body woods that has grown in popularity since 2005. The body shape of my tenor that uses this configuration is based on the Martin OM style. I have a range of exotic back and side tonewoods and a huge selection of spruce to partner with them. Where appropriate I use wood combinations that make sense; for instance: if I am using an English walnut back and sides I will select an Alpine spruce to partner with them. Oregon myrtle will best partner up with Englemann or red spruce and so forth. Although it is possible to supply these with a slotted headstock, I think they look best with the flat style.

These instruments have the same scale length and body dimensions as the Hawaiian tenors.

They are bound and have herringbone rosettes. Neck to body join is at the 13th fret. Gloss finish only.

These instruments have quite a complex sound and are most suited for soloing and fingerpicking.

Price: £1350 gloss finish + delivery