(c.2019). Mint. Custom ukuleles by Bruce Petros. Beautiful Petros 19″ Long Scale Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by luthier and artist Bruce Petros of Kaukauna, WI. Bruce a luthier of finely crafted instruments for over 40 years handcrafts some of the most aesthetically pleasing and tonally balanced instruments on the market. Since 2000 his son Matthew has also joined the ranks of fine luthiery practices alongside his father in making instruments for all to enjoy. Together, this father-son duo continues to build ukuleles and guitars that are regarded as some of the finest in the world.
Bruce Petros Bio
Bruce discovered his love of guitar making at the age of 19. After realizing that he yearned to do something he was passionate about, he quit college and took a job on a dude ranch in Colorado on a whim. While there, Bruce happened upon a $15 guitar making kit. It was crude, but once completed he knew he had found his calling. Bruce began building his own guitars and attending luthier conventions whenever possible. He then took a position assisting a maker of tracker action pipe organs, which provided him with invaluable insight into temperament, scales, and tone production, and simultaneously began building his dream home complete with a well-outfitted guitar shop below. This is where Petros Guitars resides to this day. Bruce continues his work with his son, Matthew.
Since establishing Petros Guitars in 1972, Bruce Petros has been building unique, custom, handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles for discriminating guitar and ukulele players and collectors. by meticulously constructing each instrument from the finest master-grade woods and using innovative techniques, Petros guitars and ukuleles are some of the most sought after instruments in the world. Bruce has devoted more than half of his life to the pursuit of excellence in guitar and ukulele making and he builds each instrument with both the player and the audience in mind, combining new technologies with time-honored craft secrets. His mission is really quite simple: to build instruments the sound wonderful and are a joy to play.
Matthew Petros Bio
Matt began spending every moment he could in his father’s guitar shop in the basement of their Wisconsin home as soon as he was old enough to make it down the stairs. It was soon clear to his father that he had the same penchant for woodworking and innovating that his father did. By the time Matt was 22 years old, Petros Guitars and Ukuleles had grown to the point that orders were coming in quickly enough to bring him on full time. Today, Matt builds the majority of each instrument produced at the shop. His extensive skills and abilities allow Bruce to continue developing new models, tooling, jigs, and designs that keep Petros Guitars and Ukuleles at the top of their game.
This beautiful Custom Petros 19″ Long Scale Tenor Ukulele was handcrafted with the finest materials and the utmost care. The theme of this ukulele lies within the elegant and functional appeal of an instrument with a tonal and aesthetic personality all its own. Petros instruments, known for remarkable inlay work, sound, and attention to detail, fashioned this long scale tenor ukulele in conjunction with famed Hawaii musician, Kimo Hussey, as a collaborative project with a 19″ extended scale. The instrument can be tuned in either standard tuning of gCEA or one octave lower in Bb tuning (F, Bb, D, G) which enables the instrument to breathe in an even more open tuning adding to the mellowness and sweetness in sound given the longer scale.
This elegant Petros long scale tenor ukulele, boasts a quarter sawn Redwood soundboard with Claro Walnut back and sides. The neck has been carved from Butternut wood and contrasts the darker colors provided by the Claro Walnut wood body. The fretboard and bridge have been handcrafted of musicians-grade Snakewood wood with an intricate etched bone cover plate at the bridge, adding to the elegant feel of the ukulele. Cherry wood top and back binding with side sound port also bound in Cherry wood. Hibiscus inlay position markers on positions 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 for quick reference. Slotted headstock. Gorgeous top, back, and side wood accent lines for a simple yet elegant appeal. The headstock veneer is also of Snakewood and compliments the fretboard and bridge of the instrument perfectly. There is a beautiful Florentine 2 rosette with DichroLam inlay. Vintage amber buffalo bone nut and saddle and professional Rubner slotted headstock tuners for quick and precise tuning.
A uniquely elegant ukulele in appearance, this wood combination of Claro Walnut and Redwood wood is an attractive one in the world of ukuleles but beyond its appearance is the tonal variation offered through Bruce’s woodworking knowledge and his design that gives this instrument its greatest appeal. It is quite light in weight and has wonderful sustain, clarity, and projection. The warmth and sweetness of the sound is something that is best enjoyed in person although we’ve done our best to communicate this to you over video. Petros ukuleles come highly recommended by professional musicians and ukulele enthusiasts alike and those who own one understand the privilege that comes with such a beautiful playing instrument. ID#:200020