The Snail S60C and S60T have quickly risen through the ranks of ukuleles under £1000 that punch well above their weight. That's saying something because Millar, Flight and Ana'Ole are pretty hefty competition.
This new model is not only a stunning looking instrument with its oversized abalone rosette and flamed acacia body but is also Snail's first foray into the world of baritone ukuleles. The quite exquisite design touches are a trademark of Snail nowadays but this is something else, it just has 'it', whatever 'it' is.
Solid acacia top, back and sides makes for a very delicate, complex sound with a wide dynamic range, so quiet fingerpickers will appreciate the clarity and sustain you can achieve with a very light touch, whilst heavy strummers will appreciate the strong, unmuddy chords with great note definition.
A strange feature of this first batch of Snail Baritones is that they come strung up GCEA from the factory. If you would like it strung in Baritone DGBE please order the strings you would like at the same time as your Ukulele and we will happily set it up however you like.
The larger baritone body sits somewhere perfectly between a jumbo tenor and the other baritones out there with a sweet voicing that mirrors the traditional island sound of a Kamaka and manages to avoid the trap that many baritone ukuleles fall into by not sounding muddy in the slightest - just deep, rich and wonderful.
The concert size, the S60C, was one of our best selling ukuleles intermediate ukuleles of 2019 and came in at no 2 on the Best Ukulele of 2019 list. The S60T in just 12 months became our best selling Ukulele at any price and topped the list of best Ukuleles of 2020. So, we are very, very, very excited to see Snail manufacture this instrument in a baritone form at our request. Why do we make it left handed? Well, we happen to have one of the most well known left handed Ukulele players in the world on the staff and that means we spend a lot of time trying to look after our left handed uke playing minority. These will be made in limited numbers (about 8-10 a year). Please get in touch with us in store if you would like to see photos of our current stock. This listing shows a typical example.
Snail have made this baritone ukulele really easy to handle and familiar to your average concert/tenor player by keeping with a 35mm nut width. This may not suit some players that like a thick wide neck on their baritones but will definitely compliment the vast majority that prefer the feel of Pono baritones which also have a 35mm nut width.
The addition of an bevelled ebony arm rest at the top of the bottom bout is welcome meaning that you won't cut off circulation to your hands when you clasp the uke to your body whilst playing it. And you are going to want to pick it up and play it a lot! The slotted headstock, soundhole rosette and the figuring in the wood all add up to make this a very, very attractive instrument indeed! Pictures show an average example - for photos of actual stock please drop us a line.
Interestingly, Snail have shipped this instrument to us with high G GCEA fluorocarbon strings but we can fit DGBE strings by request. Simply add the strings you would like fitted to your cart when ordering and let us know.
Solid acacia top, back and sides Mahogany neck Gloss finish Slotted headstock Clear Fluorocarbon GCEA strings Abalone soundhole rosette Padauk binding 35mm nut width Bone nut and saddle Open geared heart shaped machine heads Ebony freboard and bridge Ebony bevelled "comfort edge" arm rest Free grey Snail gigbag included