Custom Lichty ‘Ziggy’ Baritone Ukulele


The “Ziggy” – Modified Baritone ukulele is the masterpiece in fit, finish, playability and tone of collaborative efforts between world renowned ukulele musician, Kimo Hussey, and the meticulous craftsmanship of master luthier Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars and Ukuleles in Tryon, NC.

Gorgeous cocobolo wood back and sides with a master grade set of Bear Claw Sitka spruce soundboard. Macassar Ebony wood fingerboard and bridge with a slight radius on the fingerboard for added wrist-angle comfort in the higher positions. Honduran mahogany wood neck. Matching cocobolo wood bound fretboard, headstock, and top and back binding lending itself to a subtle but elegant aesthetic. Top, back, and side wood purfling lines with matching wood purfling lines on the fingerboard and headstock highlight the seductive counters of the instrument. Zero fret. Mother-of-pearl inlay in positions, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 with a 15 fret joint neck to the body for added reach in the higher positions. Rubner professional geared tuners for precise and smooth tuning.


Overall Length: 31 1/2

Lower Bout: 10 1/2

Upper Bout: 8 7/8

Waist: 7

Depth: 3

This beautifully handcrafted Lichty “Ziggy” modified baritone ukulele was designed with the intention to create an instrument with more overtones and increased sustain. By adjusting the porting from the traditional location to an upper bout porting system he was able to achieve just that.

Here below is legendary musician Kimo Hussey’s review of this wonderful and beautifully handcrafted Lichty modified baritone ukulele.

“The Ziggy hybrid is an INCREDIBLE instrument and is a real ukulele hot rod.

 The sound is really bright and fresh, almost precocious, and I believe this uke will mature into a sound that will definitely capture the interest and imagination of all who get to hear it. This instrument wins the grand prize for sustain —– Jay, you were right about this and it’s the best sustain I’ve ever experienced.  The  F-Bb-D-G  tuning puts a very nice ring to it and I think is where this ukulele’s tuning “sweet spot” is at.  I’m really thrilled with the sound.
Looks-wise, what I like best about this uke is that it highlights wood —– as is my preference.  Pictures and videos don’t do the bear claw any justice.  It’s a beautiful piece and I love how it just sits there all by itself inviting me to enjoy its beauty. The overall wood composition is truly wonderful.  I like the location of the sound holes. The binding that continues around the fretboard on the tongue is a real stroke of genius.
The action on this uke is definitely trend-setting.  The overall feel of the neck and fretboard combined with the dimensions and fretboard radius all work cooperatively to produce the best “feel” I’ve ever experienced. All of the research and collaboration you’ve done have paid off handsomely.” – Kimo Hussey

Price: SOLD




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