We’re absolutely delighted to now stock Phil Davidson ukuleles. For those not already in the know, Phil is world renowned for his luthier skills including building ukuleles, guitars, mandolins, banjos and more. His work is held in very high esteem and we’re lucky enough to have him on our doorstep in The Forest of Dean.
The most recent Phil Davidson ukulele we got in sold within twenty minutes of being on the wall! Phil’s builds use really nice woods, beautifully inlaid headstocks and the tops are so light that they are incredibly resonant.
This is a brand new one made recently by Phil and is very special. It is made from a North American spruce top which has been stained with a gorgeous heritage cherry stain giving it an incredibly distinctive look. With the gloss finish it has a lovely deep rich look. The back and sides are koa which give a really lovely warm tone. People think of koa as a bright sounding wood but I think when paired with spruce it is super warm with lots of mid tone.
This one has a bound scalloped fretboard and really nice purfling and rosette. Another thing people love about Phil’s ukes are the really slim necks that make playing a real joy and keep the whole uke very light.
The fretboard, faceplate and bridge are all Ebony. It has beautifully done maple binding around the instrument and along the fretboard. It’s gorgeous!
As with many luthier made ukes you will find the odd tooling mark here and there (and this one has a small diamond of wood inlaid on the top to cover a minuscule production mark) but that’s part of the beauty of a unique handmade instrument. This one has a few light strum marks from where Phis has demo’d it.
To vouch for the quality – I have been buying, collecting and selling ukes for years. Of the all personal instruments I own at home 50% were made by Phil!
This heirloom instrument will bring much enjoyment for years to come.