Preowned. Custom ukuleles by Bruce Petros. Beautiful Petros Baritone 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 Baritone Ukulele was handcrafted with the finest materials and the utmost care. Petros instruments, known for remarkable inlay work, sound, and attention to detail, this beauty boasts a “Hawaiian Tattoo” theme, making its aesthetic entirely unique to its own.
This elegant Petros baritone ukulele, boasts a quarter sawn “Tunnel 13” redwood soundboard with a master grade set of Africian Ziricote wood back and sides, giving this instrument a tremendous amount of warmth, clarity, and sustain. This soundboard wood, deemed “Tunnel 13 Wood” has a unique story and place in history for woodworkers and guitar luthiers alike. Here is a detailed explanation of the history of this wood from Bruce Petros.
Southern Pacific Railroad’s Siskiyou Summit Tunnel #13 was built in the 1880’s using virgin Redwood timbers harvested in Southwestern Oregon. These timbers witnessed the October 11, 1923 hold up of the SP Train 13 Gold Special, pulling 13 cars, by the DeAutremont brothers. When these magnificent Redwood timbers were salvaged from this historic tunnel after a fire in 2004, Petros Guitars managed to acquire some of the nicer sections. When these diamonds in the rough were opened up, it was discovered to be exceptional, master-grade tonewood, air-dried in this tunnel for more than 120 years. – Bruce Petros
The neck on this beautiful Petros baritone has been carved from Butternut wood and contrasts the darker colors provided by the Macassar ebony wood body. The fretboard and bridge have been handcrafted of musicians-grade Macassar Ebony wood with an intricate bone cover plate at the bridge, adding to the elegant feel of the ukulele. Matching Hawaiian tattoo soundboard purfling inlay with cherry wood top and back binding, bound fretboard and headstock, and matching bound side sound port also in cherry wood. Hawaiian “Honu” or ‘Sea Turtle” inlay position markers on positions 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 15 for quick reference. Gorgeous top, back, and side wood accent lines for a simple yet elegant appeal. The headstock veneer is of Macassar ebony wood and compliments the fretboard and bridge of the instrument perfectly. Elegant “Hawaiian Tiki” inlay rosette inlay. Bone nut and saddle and professional Rubner tuners for quick and precise tuning.
A uniquely elegant ukulele in appearance, this wood combination of African Ziricote wood and “Tunnel 13” Redwood is unique in the world of ukuleles and is stunningly beautiful. Beyond its appearance, however, is the remarkable tones offered through Bruce’s woodworking knowledge and his design that give this instrument its greatest appeal. It is quite light in weight and has wonderful sustain 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#:230128