2019. Preowned. Beautiful and rare Custom Pepe Romero Jr. ‘Grand Reserve’ Baritone Ukulele handcrafted by Pepe in San Diego, California.
Pepe Romero Biography
Pepe Romero Jr. was born into a family that lives the Spanish guitar. From his childhood Pepe loved the guitar. He grew up playing some of the world’s greatest guitars from the incredible collection of his father. Growing up surrounded by guitars made by Torres, Esteso, Santos Hernandez, Hauser, and Miguel Rodriguez set the standard for how a guitar should be made.
At 18 years old Pepe went to the workshop of Dake Traphagen to build a guitar. Upon completion of this guitar, Pepe decided to dedicate himself to being a builder. In 1997, Pepe was lucky enough to spend time in the workshop of Miguel Rodriguez shortly before he passed away. He moved on to study with and receive guidance from J.L. Romanillos, Manuel Contreras II, Yuris Zeltins and Edmund Blöchinger. Pepe and Blöchinger have become great friends and have made 2 guitars together.
Pepe is heavily influenced by the Rodriguez guitars. His style of building is very similar to Rodriguez. He is also inspired by the elegant look and beautiful sound of the guitars by Santos Hernandez and Domingo Esteso. As of spring 2017, Pepe has made over 275 guitars. Each one is hand crafted and built in the traditional spanish method. His guitars are in great demand by concert guitarists and collectors worldwide. He has a waiting list of about 2-3 years for new guitars. He has handcrafted a relatively small number of ukuleles in comparison to his guitars but they play beautifully and have a focus on tone, sustain, and projection.
This ukulele was handcrafted of a master grade set of Cedar wood on the soundboard with a South American Amazon Rosewood back and sides. The fingerboard was crafted of Madagasgar Rosewood with a matching Madagascar Rosewood headstock plate. Solid Ebony wood bridge. Matching Amazon wood top and back binding. This beautiful ukulele also features an elegant wood rosette and abalone position markers on 5, 7, and 10. The instrument was built with a classical approach with a 12 fret joint to the body. Pepe used some of his finest materials for the Grand Reserve model. French polish. Gotoh geared tuners for precise and quick tuning. A few minor cosmetic dings on the soundboard but overall the instrument remains in wonderful condition.
The tone is full and balanced with exceptional projection, sustain, and a classic mellow baritone sound. A wonderful ukulele perfect for both the professional musician and the recreational ukulele player. ID#200065