View Full Version : Wooden roundback uke

05-29-2018, 07:56 AM
Have seen lots of roundback ukes with plastic backs, but never a round wooden back, like this vintage SS Stewart. Must have been difficult to make that!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-VINTAGE-ANTIQUE-S-S-STEWART-UKULELE-ROUND-BACK-PHILA-PA-NEW-YORK-N-Y/192552942830?hash=item2cd50cbcee:g:UEgAAOSwR9pbDGe V


05-29-2018, 12:32 PM
How about this. Its a roosebeck baroque ukulele.

05-29-2018, 11:59 PM
Turturro used to make a similar ukulele, nicknamed the 'peanut' for obvious reasons. Remember that in those days most mandolins were still built with a 'bowl back', even at the high volume builders.

The two main 'tricks' are to measure and plan again and again - and to fit them onto a solid mold when glueing them into shape. This author says the actual building of a wooden bowl back can be surprisingly fast: http://www.cincinnatiearlymusic.com/medieval_lute.html

05-30-2018, 01:35 PM
I have played one of the Turturro ones - it was in a small music shop on the Gold Coast here in Australia. How it came down the years and into my hands so far from it's home still intrigues me (if only old ukes could talk).
It sounded great - sweet and really loud!! That bowl back may have been hard to make, but is an effective design element. And it isn't hard to hold - almost any shaped uke can be cradled and strummed. A Stewart one would be well made - if you were thinking of bidding I say "go for it!"