View Full Version : NUD: Flewelling Hollywood concert

04-02-2018, 03:33 AM
Got this one in recently, a used sunburst Hollywood style concert uke by Neal Flewelling, up in Maine. Mahogany back & sides and a spruce top, all solid wood. Didn't know much about the Hollywood body style before I got it, and this is my first concert size uke, but so far it's a wonderful instrument: very light, loud & resonant, and still has the soprano-like tone that I prefer, with just a bit more room on the fretboard for fingering. Although it came with a real nice Crossrock concert gigbag, it fits like a glove in this extra soprano HSC I have. I'll try to put up a video on it eventually.


04-02-2018, 04:13 AM
I had been looking at that one. It looks like a beauty and as I recall it was a great deal. Can't wait to hear it

04-02-2018, 01:47 PM
Neal is a good friend of mine. I persuaded him to build concert ukuleles based on the Hollywood shape for the very reason you (Ukecaster) like this one - it sounds kind of like a bigger soprano. Neal traced one of my Hollywood ukes and took its measurements. I've played a umber of Neal's concerts, but not this one. They were all wonderful, as I am sure this one is. They are all sold. So, you are lucky to have one. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

I also wrote an article about Hollywood ukuleles for one of Ukulelezaza's books. It's an interesting history.

04-03-2018, 12:54 PM
Thanks all! I've been playing it a bunch, and it has the sweet soprano tone I like, just bigger, due to a larger concert body, and with more room on the fret board, from the concert scale. The Hollywood uke is surely a cool design! It came stock with Worth BM, and while those may be optimal, I'll try some Worth Clear strings anyway to see what it can do with those.

07-04-2019, 05:20 AM
Beautiful ukulele! I love the Hollywood shape (and am partial to sun bursts, too). Glad to hear it plays and sounds as good as it looks!

07-04-2019, 06:45 AM
Nice score! Can't wait to hear you playing it.