A Unique California Uke for a Great Cause

Builder/Blogger: Steve Eubanks

This was a special build because it's for a great cause, and I got a chance to break out of the box a little on the design. It starts with our Balboa model uke, which is a pretty traditional shape and tone, in a concert size, because, frankly, that's my favorite. On that foundation I created a distinctly Calfornia design, based on the California Republic flag, which has a great history of its own that you should totally read up on. The body and neck are California Redwood, salvaged from summer 2018 files in central Cal. The top is spruce with a manogany stripe, and the fretboard and bridge are pauduk.

This uke was specially built for, and donated to the Switchfoot BroAm Foundationfor their annual charity auction in 2019. The auction is part of the annual BroAm music and surf festival at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. It's a great event that celebrates the California beach community, and raises a bunch of money for charities in the San Diego area. We loved attending both the Thursday charity event/auction, and the Saturday beach fest, and I was super excited to see the ukulele sell for $850 in the auction.