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 African Blackwood back and sides with a master grade set of Curly Redwood soundboard. African Blackwood has a fine, even texture, with small pores and is also known as grenadillo and mpingo. It is a short tree that normally grows to about 25′ and rarely reaches 40′. The tree can be easily recognized by its fluted trunk and is in the family of true rosewoods. African Blackwood grows primarily in the savanna areas of East Africa and is an excellent tonewood for ukuleles and guitars although it is most frequently used on woodwind instruments such as clarinets, flutes and bagpipes. Tonally, this wood is remarkable! It is frequently compared to the coveted ‘Brazilian Rosewood’. African Blackwood is denser and harder than Brazilian Rosewood and is known for great power, punch, clarity, and complexity. Paired with a Redwood top, this ukulele is a remarkable combination with great sustain and projection as well.
The fingerboard and bridge were handcrafted from East-Indian Rosewood with a slight radius on the fingerboard for added wrist-angle comfort in the higher positions. Spanish Cedar wood neck. Bloodwood fretboard, headstock, and top and back binding lends itself to a beautiful contrast with an elegant appeal. Top, back, and side white purfling lines with matching white purfling lines on the fingerboard and headstock highlight the seductive counters of the instrument. Zero fret. Wood inlay position markers on 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. Double cutaway design with an armrest bevel for added comfort when cradling the instrument and a beautiful paua abalone purfling inlay on the soundboard are a few more of the wonderful amenities that have been incorporated in to this beautiful hybrid baritone ukulele. End pin at the butt of the instrument.
Overall Length: 31 1/2
Lower Bout: 10 1/2
Upper Bout: 8 7/8
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.