Leonardo Nunes, Style 0, Ukulele, late 1910s
The son of Manuel Nunes, Leonardo Nunes struck out on his own with his line of Ukuleles beginning in 1914. He moved from Hawaii to Los Angeles and began making instruments labeled Ukulele O Hawaii, just as this one is. The body and neck are made of koa. The back is designed with a slight convex arch. Also, the back of the head has a bit of a convex arch. Like many of the ukes of this era with whisper thin top and back plates, this has suffered some boo boos. There are two repaired top cracks, the edges have been reglued in places, and there are a a few short rib cracks. We were most pleased to find that it sounds good when we strung it up after stabilizing out some of its issues. The frets are funky brass frets.
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