Well, I’ve finally gotten something accomplished in the workshop. Just completed this flamenco style ‘ukulele based on the famous 1951 Barbero Flamenco, Ex Sabicas (plans from The Big Red Book, Vol. 5 or from GAL Plan). While not an exact copy (not a typical Spanish heel) I tried to stick to the design and look.
Woods: Spanish Cedar neck, Ebony fingerboard, Spruce top, Ceylon Satinwood sides/back
Tuning: standard re-entrant G
Lower bout: 8.5″
Upper bout: 6.5″
Weight: 22 oz.
Bracing is copied from the Barbero plan
The bulk of the instrument was built in late 2012/early 2013, but hung uncompleted until 2014. I put the finish on several months and have just gotten to installing the bridge, pegs, saddle and nut this past week.
It has a deep (for a ‘ukulele), strong sound with good sustain. Overall I’m quite happy with it, not perfect, but each ‘uke I build seems to get better.