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Thread: Nut/Saddle materials

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Massachusetts, USA

    Default Nut/Saddle materials

    I recently bought a 30s/40s Favilla U2 soprano, a great uke. Later, I saw this earlier Favilla on Reverb, from the 1910s/1920s. My 30s/40s model has what looks like rosewood for the nut and saddle, while the much earlier uke has what looks like bone (see listing below). I guess those could have been changed to bone later, but if anything, I'd expect the older uke to have wooden nut & saddle. Any thoughts on that?
    Last edited by Ukecaster; 09-05-2017 at 07:24 AM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    West Virginia


    My 40's Silvertone has wooden nut and saddle - also likely rosewood. Perhaps because of import issues/war rationing/so many ukes sold that wood was easier to obtain? But, more likely, a different model might have bone versus wood in those same years as an option.
    - Laura

    Sopranino - Vintage 1930's Camp Uke (Birch)
    Soprano - Koaloha Opio (Sapele), Martin OXK (HPL), Brueko No. 2 (Maple), Kala ASOV -S (Spruce/Ovangkol), Vintage 40's Silvertone (Mahogany), Vintage 50's Harmony (Birch), Zither Heaven (1 Black Walnut & 1 Cherry), First Act Discovery (Plastic)
    Concert - Luna (Spruce top)
    Tenor - Outdoor Ukulele (Composite Polycarbonate), Mainland (Mahogany)

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