Beautiful Les Rietfors Tenor Ukulele in restored condition. This piece is tremendously rare and a wonderful collector’s and player’s piece.
Premium Hawaiian Koa face, back, & sides with ebony wood radiused fretboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle with beautiful rope binding rosette and purfling on soundboard. Hawaiian flag wood inlay on headstock. Black celluloid top binding Honduran mahogany neck and Grover open-geared machine tuners for precision tuning. The uke has a new radiused fretboard and new frets as well (Les Rietfors ukuleles do not typically come with radiused fretboards). The restoration was done by classical guitar and ukulele luthier Kerry Char of Portland, Oregon. There is also a fracture below the bridge that has been repaired and is totally stable. It is tremendously bright and has excellent volume and sustain. This is a definite keeper for both the collector and the true player. His ukuleles are amongst the most desired custom ukuleles to have been made and tremendously difficult to locate.
Unfortunately, Les Rietfors has since passed away in 2005 but his love of music, the Hawaiian culture and people, and the art of fine luthiery lives on through his legacy of beautifully handcrafted instruments.