Circa 2005. Custom DeVine Baritone Bass Ukulele handcrafted by Eric DeVine. This is a one-off full custom and the only one ever made by Eric as a bass ukulele. Flamed Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides with a Western Cedar wood soundboard. Maple wood top and back binding and Ebony wood headstock veneer, fretboard, bridge, and tailpiece. Honduras Mahogany wood neck for added stability. Note that the strings run through Ebony wood bridge guides in similar fashion to an upright bass, anchoring the strings to a tailpiece at the butt of the instrument. This enables the soundboard to resonate more than with a string through bridge, giving the instrument better sustain and clarity in contrast to a standard bridge set up. The ukulele also uses a hybrid Kasha bracing with upper bout port and Kasha bridge plate. Slotted headstock design and a classic DeVine ‘Hibiscus’ inlay at the headstock are a few additional features of this wonderful one-off custom by Eric Devine.
In terms of condition, the long scratch on the top is not deep or through the lacquer but can be seen in the photos posted above. The dark spot by the soundhole is NOT worn through but just stained and whatever got on there seemed to have tinted the lacquer. Honest play wear with finger pick marks and a few minor cosmetic dings consistent with an instrument over 15 years old. This is perhaps also why this instrument sounds so good. #210057