Jazzbox Archtop Spruce & Maple Acoustic Soprano ukulele

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Toby Chennell Jazzbox Concert at Lardy's Ukulele Database

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I have put on Aquila Strings and it has a standard g~C~E~A tuning



Jazzbox Spruce & Maple

Jazz Box is the name Bournemouth Luthier Toby Chennell gives to his range of Ukuleles. He specialises in Archtop Instruments and on some of them he uses ƒ holes.

I love Archtop Ukuleles! I love ƒ holes! I spend way to much time in Bournemouth. It was only a matter of time.....

The Ukulele, I think, looks beautiful. The top is Sitka Spruce apparently recycled from an old guitar soundboard, the sides are slightly quilted Maple and the back is Maple strips joined together like an old Mandolin back. All of the other wood is good quality too, a good neck, amboyna headstock and rosewood fretboard. It all seems well put together, no gaps, cracks, rough bits or faults that I can see. On the minus it came with cheap plastic £3 friction pegs and really naff strings but I suppose that's what I deserve for badgering him to to do me one on the cheap?

I have replaced the strings and the tone has improved tremendously. This really was a case of decent strings on a good Ukulele makes a lot of difference. Far more so than when I've done the same thing on budget Ukuleles. I will leave the pegs alone, they might be the least attractive part of the Ukulele but they do the job and I wouldn't want to risk any of the rest of the finish by messing with them and I hope that this is a Ukulele whose tone will get better with time.