Petros Custom Tenor Ukulele "Tunnel 13"

Petros Custom Tenor Ukulele "Tunnel 13"

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Tunnel 13 Tenor #23

We are consistently super impressed with the tone, feel, and look of Petros custom ukuleles. This one is, though, is simply incredible. One of the best sounding ukes ever made. 

Southern Pacific Railroad's Siskiyou Summit Tunnel #13 was built in the 1880s using virgin Redwood timbers harvested in Southwestern Oregon. These timbers witnessed the October 11, 1923 hold up of the SP Train 13 Gold Special, pulling 13 cars, by the DeAutremont brothers. Four men were killed in the robbery attempt.

When these magnificent Redwood timbers were salvaged from this historic tunnel after a fire in 2004, Petros Guitars managed to acquire some of the nicer sections.

When these diamonds in the rough were opened up, it was discovered to be exceptional, master-grade tonewood, air-dried in this tunnel for more than 120 years. Paired with lightweight, figured Claro Walnut from Oregon and a lightweight Butternut neck from Wisconsin, this ukulele is light as a feather with the resonance of a 120 year old uke.

After a century of silence, Petros Tunnel 13 Redwood® ukuleles are giving voice to the remarkable Redwood of Tunnel 13.

Since 1972, Bruce Petros has been building unique, custom, handmade instruments for discerning players and collectors. Matthew Petros has been building alongside his father since the year 2000. Building on a 40 year legacy of guitar making, they began building Ukuleles in 2012 and have fallen in love with the instrument, the people and the process.

This Tunnel 13 tenor sounds unreal, fat tone all the way up the fretboard. It's a very lightweight instrument, very resonant, and filled with beautiful artistic design. We think you're gonna love this ukulele!

This is a short excert from our last podcast (Ep 19.47 w Kimo Hussey)

Pictures and video show the exact instrument now available! Includes an Oahu top-of-the-line Fiberglass Hardshell Case and Oasis Humidifier.

Additional Information
  • Top: Tunnel 13 Redwood
  • Back & Sides: 4A Curly Claro Walnut
  • Neck: Butternut
  • Fingerboard: Ebony, Bound in Cherry
  • Bridge: Ebony with Inlay
  • Nut and Saddle: Vintage Amber Buffalo Bone
  • Binding: Cherry
  • Purfling: Western Purflex®
  • Rosette: Tunnel 13 with DichroLam
  • Sound Port: Bound with Cherry
  • Lower Bout: 9 1/4 Inches
  • Waist: 5 5/8 Inches
  • Upper Bout: 6 1/2 Inches
  • Depth: 2 7/8 Inches
  • Scale: 17 Inches
  • Nut: Width: 1 3/8 Inches
  • Bridge Spacing: 1 11/16 Inches

Comes with fiberglass hardcase and upgraded humidifier.

* For more info, refer to the Ukulele Care link at the bottom of this page. If you think you need to humidify the instrument, then you also need a hardcase for a humidifier to properly work and you need to maintain the humidifier by refilling it as needed. 

Setup Options

Most people shop with us because of the extensive quality control and final setup work we provide at no extra cost on all ukuleles we ship out. However this is time consuming work and creates a delay in shipping. We are now offering an "Expedited Setup" for those wanting to receive their instrument faster. See details on the Full Setup and Expedited Setup options along with current turnaround times for each at the link- HERE.

* Put a note in the Special Instructions if you would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything (e.g., “Please setup high G”). 

* After adding this instrument to your cart, you can shop further to create your own package by adding a case or accessories from the website.

* Free Shipping-  US will receive free FedEx 2-day shipping. Two days is the time in transit. For international orders, we include DHL. Before it is shipped, your instrument will go through our setup department so that you get the best instrument for your money. For more information on our setup process, turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below Helpful Links at the bottom of the page.


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