Galileo is Antica Ukuleleria’s latest model…why this name?
It refers to Galileo Galilei, the famous Italian physicist from the 1500s, father of the scientific method consisting in observation, research, hypothesis, test, data and then conclusions.
Even after years of experience, luthiery often reserves some aspects for which one sometimes feels like walking blind. The particular modular design of this model allows the scientific method to be applied more effectively, by isolating the various parts of the instrument it is possible to have a clearer idea of what is happening acoustically.
These are the ideas I was experimenting with and wanted to include in this model:
- Module design: modules are joint together at last moment, after being tested and finely tuned separately.
- Light and vibratile soundboard & back plate.
- Strong and heavy frame carved from solid wood, in order not to absorb and therefore waste energy from the soundboard and the back.
- Elevated fretboard, to raise the angle of the strings on the soundboard, so to enhance the vibration modes responsible for the volume of the instrument.
- Bolt-on neck.
Thanks to these features with Galileo you will have a thin-line ukulele with a sound that has nothing to envy to larger ones. The look is minimal yet peculiar. The front and the back modules are joint with a visible and touchable line that gives a nice eye-catching detail. The solid frame design offers an unusual wood grain layout and a very comfortable feeling with its rounded corners.
Available in cherry wood for a slightly deeper and rounder tone, or in chestnut wood for a sharper and clearer sound.
Chestnut comes also in Antiqued finish that fits very well with its nice open pore texture.
Galileo is designed to minimize the waste of material typical of a hollow instrument: soundboard and back ar not carved from the same block of their frames, but glued on them later, like in a traditional acoustic instrument. In this way the internal wood is not discarded consumed by the router, but remains whole and usable. The design is made to allow for two Allegros to be made from these two remaining block.
The top module
The back module
Father and son