Pete Howlett Revelator - All Spalted Korina Electro Acoustic Concert Ukulele w/Case - KRNRC1 #1024
The Pete Howlett Revelator ukulele is something of a legend... It's the product of Pete Howlett's exhaustive struggle to innovate and perfect his craft of ukulele making.
The Revelator is a thin body ukulele with offset soundhole. Its sleek aesthetics just glow at you when looking at the uke. This concert ukulele it can be plugged in and provide a top notch amplified tone with a more natural body fit or it can be played unplugged to produce a sweet and full bodied ukulele sound.
This Revelator, is I believe Pete's second ever concert model and was crafted between September and November 2021 by Pete in Gwynedd, Wales. At this stage in his career Pete has really bonded with certain tonewoods and many of his real legacy instruments are made of korina. Korina gives off an extremely rich and open sound and is the perfect companion to the slimline Revelator design that Pete has hit his stride with. I only wish he had several more pairs of hands to make them faster!
It's sound is textured and clear, punctuated by the slightly mellower tone produced naturally by the slimline body design and position of the sound hole. I must confess that I expected this instrument to be more suited to being electrified but it's acoustic sound is to die for, particularly if you like a traditional - sweeter concert sound.
For more information on the Revelator, we highly recommending searching back through Pete Howlett's Facebook group where he has documented the design and various building decisions made nearly every day for the past 4 years. It's a fascinating journey and worth a bit of exploring if you like the idea of getting the full picture on what brought this instrument to life.
This Revelator features Pete's more pronounced nautilus soundhole and the effect it has on the sound is a slightly bolder bass and treble whereas the standard Revelator (oval soundhole) has a mellower sound. When I played this instrument for the comparison video I found it to just be a bit cheeky and full of life.
The concert model has some subtle differences to the tenor but the most aesthetically obvious has to be the switch to planetary style geared tuners on the headstock which feels like an upgrade, keeping the whole instrument light in the hands, bright on the ears and tight on the eyes (whatever that means).
Also, have you seen the neck on this? I think its the most beautiful neck I have ever seen on a ukulele at any price!
Solid spalted korina top, back and sides
Nautilus soundhole design
15'' concert scale length
Satin matt finish
Gotoh planetary tuners
Strung high G GCEA - fluorocarbon strings
Rosewood fingerboard, bridge and faceplate
Pin bridge design with matching wooden pins
Corian nut and saddle
36mm nut width
Supplied with a TGI hard case by us
(Pete's cases are now available via Pete directly)