Ukulele APC BC Baritone Classic

The baritone ukulele was the last of the ukuleles to be invented in the 1940s. It has scale of about 48cm. It is tuned in E-B-G-D from the highest string to the lowest, like the highest 4 strings of a classical guitar. This APC Baritone Classic model is built with solid koa.

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The APC BC Classic baritone ukulele is a unique ukulele with a fantastic sound. Made in Portugal.  

The baritone was the last of the ukulele family to be invented, more particularly in the 1940s. It is the largest ukulele and is tuned in Mi-Si-Sol-Ré, from the highest to the lowest string, like the 4 strings treble of a classical guitar.

These characteristics, together with the larger box that gives it greater volume, make it the favorite of many guitarists who like the sound of the ukulele without having to relearn to play a new instrument.

The APC BC Baritone Classical ukulele is manufactured by APC, which took great care in choosing the materials and applied its decades of experience in the manufacture of acoustic instruments to make this instrument very special.

The body is entirely made of solid koa wood. a kind of acacia native to Hawaii, which gives it identity and sound very close to the native instruments of the American island. The fingerboard is in black African wood, very resistant and that provides a very pleasant contrast with the lighter shade of the body.

The finish is in an open pore, leaving visible veins and the natural characteristics of the wood, while allowing it to expand and contract naturally, protecting it from variations in humidity and temperature as well as from intensive use.

The tuning machines are open, in a classic style with a golden finish. They are very stable and maintain the tuning of the strings in Nylgut, in the original string set of this model. This synthetic compound offers a more natural sound than traditional nylon strings.

The ukulele is a direct descendant of the Portuguese cavaquinho. Taken by Portuguese sailors to the American Pacific islands, it became a very popular instrument in the first decades of the 20th century, when Hawaiian-inspired music filled the early days of radio in the United States, and it accompanied American soldiers on Monday. World War. Nowadays, it is a very popular instrument for being easy and fun to play, being present in several musical genres.

The BC Baritone Classical ukulele is manufactured in Portugal by APC. Founded in 1976 by António Pinto Carvalho, descended from a century-old school of luthiers in Porto, APC now has about 45 artisans who build different types of traditional Portuguese and other cordophones. It is the largest national company in this field, producing and selling instruments to more than twenty countries.

The APC BC Classic baritone ukulele is the model that is missing from any ukulele collection, and a perfect instrument for anyone who wants to transition from the guitar to this instrument.


  • Top: solid koa
  • Back and sides: solid koa
  • Strings: Nylgut
  • Tuning: (1st) E, B, G, D
  • Finish: open pore
  • Tuning machines: golden
  • Fretboard: african blackwood

Traditional instruments made in Portugal can present differences
to the picture shown in the website due to it's artisanal manufacturing,
specially in it's decoration.

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