The ukulele is a popular instrument that is easy-to-learn and fun to play! It can make virtually any song sound great and people love hearing their favorite tunes played on a ukulele. The small size of ukuleles also means they are very portable — making them the perfect option for taking camping or traveling.
But did you know there are many types of ukuleles? The largest ukulele is called a baritone ukulele. It is a great choice for anyone interested in a ukulele with a deeper and richer sound.
If the idea of a baritone ukulele sounds interesting, you have reached the right place. This guide will share all of the information you need to know about baritone ukuleles including where they came from and what materials they use. We’ll also share some of the best ukuleles on the market.
A (brief) history of the baritone ukulele
The ukulele was first created by instrument makers in Hawaii in the 19th-Century, to emulate the Portuguese machete — a small instrument used by Portuguese immigrants. “Ukulele” loosely translates to “jumping flea” in Hawaiian, which may be a reference to the quick finger movements of skilled ukulele players. The ukulele eventually became popular internationally and has been used by some very prominent musicians over the years.
The baritone ukulele was sold commercially sometime around 1950 in the United States. There are conflicting stories about who was responsible for the design of the baritone ukulele, with both Arthur Godfrey and Herk Favilla developing the instrument at different times.