Tag Archives: Ukulele

Cavaquinho

Our #ThrowbackThursday instrument this week is the Cavaquinho.

The cavaquinho is a traditional Portuguese instrument whose origins are not easily traced.  It is thought by some that the ancient Gallaeci were influenced by the Greeks, by others that it was brought to Braga by the Biscayans.

Whilst the ancient tuning was D-A-B-E most these days are tuned to D-G-B-D.  That said, given the precursors to the Ukulele are also thought to be Portuguese in origin – the braguinha and rajão, some will use baritone or tenor ukulele tunings.

Being not disimilar to a Ukulele we would recommend using our Schatten Design pickup as a more attractive alternative to the one used in the picture.

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Ukulele Day

Today is Play Your Ukulele Day.  Each year this special day gives you a chance to ‘change the world four strings at a time’ by playing your uke, sharing it, and teaching others to play. That is, presuming that you own one…

02 - UkuleleWith cheap mass produced Ukes for as little as £8-12 we’ve tended to shy away from them.  However, Maurice Dupont produces perfect miniature Ukulele versions of his grand bouche, petite bouche, and f-hole jazz guitars which are – as you’d expect – simply stunning.  However, it takes almost as much work to hand craft these miniature masterpieces as it does to make a full size one and this is reflected in the price.

We can also get some rather lovely Portuguese made Ukes.  There is a story that the Hawaiian Ukulele is derived from a Portuguese folk instrument and, when you see them side by side, you can see why.  Again, the hand crafting comes at a price.

As such we only do Ukuleles as build to order and we do not keep them in stock.  Contact us for more details.
We do, however, keep some Schatten Design Acoustic Pickups for Ukuleles in stock and you can buy them by clicking the link here.