Ono Custom Bear Claw Spruce Makore 6 String Baritone

Ono Custom Bear Claw Spruce Makore 6 String Baritone

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Ono ukuleles are made in Ashland, Oregon by David Ingalls. This is a wonderful new baritone with the regular baritone scale 20" and linear tuning, but the two low strings are accompanied with an octave higher string. This gives you that beautiful chorus sound you get from doubled strings, but still easy to play cleanly when picking melodies with the two high strings, compared to say an 8 string, or the way most other 6 strings have the high string doubled. This makes it different and David accentuated the uniqueness by tuning it up a step, to linear A. We love it. Apparently David collaborated with Kimo Hussey and Dirk Wormhoudt of Southcoast strings to come up with the right string set. It has more power and clarity than you hear from a baritone, but this also sounds fantastic with regular baritone tuning. Even with these strings I thought it sounded great in regular Linear G, but this is one step up in Linear A. Corey shares some thoughts after the sound sample.

Pictures and video show the instrument now available (if it says "In Stock")!

The woods David used on this are a master grade bear claw spruce top with symmetry and figure you never see, a rare and beautiful Makore back and sides with a side sound port, mahogany neck w carbon fiber and cantilevered radius ebony fretboard also reinforced with carbon fiber. It also features top of the line Waverly tuners.

Makore comes from Western African Rain forests and has been described as similar to mahogany but with a deeper tone. Most makore is rather plain but as you can see this has a beautiful quilted figuring. We should note that this is a nitrocellulose gloss lacquer finish showing off these woods. David was originally only using oil finishes but he's now spraying a top notch gloss lacquer finish. The whole thing, construction and finishing is extremely clean and precise craftsmanship. This is a special one that I think any uke player would enjoy. Hats off to David for something different, but natural, and beautiful in look and tone.

Comes in a baritone hard wood case.

Additional Information
  • 20" scale
  • Makore back and sides
  • Master grade Sitka bearclaw spruce top
  • Honduras mahogany neck with carbon fiber reinforcement
  • Nitrocellulose gloss finish
  • Cantilevered 16" Radius ebony fretboard with curly Makore binding
  • Ebony bridge
  • Ebony bindings
  • Monterillo rosette
  • Carbon fiber bridge plate
  • Unbleached bone nut and saddle
  • Waverly Tuners
  • Strung w Southcoawst HML-WB

This ukulele includes an Oahu hardcase.

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.

Custom Options

We can install the Mi-Si with its rechargeable preamp,  or the new L.R. Baggs 5.0 ukulele pickup.

Extra Options

The Herco HE360 is the included humidifier. You can upgrade to the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18). This is for places that get below 40% humidity. If you live in a very low humidity area (parts of Nevada, Arizona, etc.) or if you heat the air in your home, then we suggest the OH-5+ for the most effective care. For more info see our Ukulele Care link at the bottom of the site.

If you would like to let the setup or shipping department know anything just put a note in the Special Instructions box.


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