SOLD - Royal Style 3 Koa Ukulele – Hawaii c.1916
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This Royal Style 3 Ukulele is an absolute gem - a very special instrument and an extremely interesting collectors’ piece.
Not to be confused with the more commonly seen "Royal Hawaiian" brand ukes, the Hawaiian Ukulele Co. advertised as "makers of the celebrated ROYAL ukuleles" in the years 1916 & 1917, one of a number of "pop-up" companies that came & went just as quickly during the initial uke 'craze' of the mid-teens through late '20s.
This ukulele displays amazing Koa wood that looks to have had mineral deposits -which we think is called 'spalted' - throughout when it was cut all those years ago.
Koa is considered by many to be the most desirable tonewood, sought after for its unique aesthetic and enviable tone. Koa is a dense wood that has opened and developed as this instrument has been played, revealing softer overtones that have evolved alongside its player.
This one is in remarkable shape – original finish and structurally sound with no changes or repairs. No cracks or splits. Sounds loud, bright and lively.
This is a beautiful & scarce uke, one not to miss!
This Royal Style 3 comes with its original canvas case.