Haigha

Archtop, semi-hollow, electric, soprano ukulele with a cutout.

Specifications:

  • Type: Archtop, semi-hollow or HardBody electric
  • Size: Super-Soprano (extended scale)
  • Body: Handcarved Curly Maple
  • Soundboard: Handcarved Curly Maple
  • Neck: Birdseye Maple – medium rounded profile; cantilevered over the soundboard
  • Scale length: 14.7″
  • Total # frets: 19
  • Frets to the body: 14

Special Features:

  • Includes K&K Sound Twin Spot internal pickup
  • Body is carved from a single block of curly Maple so the grain runs continuously around the entire body

 

Haigha, the March Hare – illustration by Sir John Tenniel

The March Hare is a most famous for appearing in the tea party scene in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The March Hare later appears at the trial for the Knave of Hearts, and for a final time as “Haigha” (which Carroll tells us is pronounced to rhyme with “mayor”), the personal messenger to the White King in Through the Looking-Glass.

 

Alice, hypothesized, “The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad — at least not so mad as it was in March.”

 

“Mad as a March hare” is a common British English phrase, both now and in Carroll’s time.

 

Like the character’s friend, the Hatter, the March Hare feels compelled to always behave as though it is tea-time because the Hatter supposedly “murdered the time” whilst singing for the Queen of Hearts.

 

Haigha’s back and sides are carved from a single billet of curly Maple and in fact his soundboard is from the same billet. The result is that the grain on the body is continuous all the way around.

 

His modified f-holes are modeled after Babaji and he has a cutout so you can easily reach all 19 frets. Yup 19 frets… I told you Haigha is a little crazy.

 

Soprano body with an extended 16″ concert-length scale

The back is sculpted in the upper bout the way only a semi-hollow could be

Heel plate mounts with a small hinge. You can also see the pickup jack for the K&K Sound Twin Spot internal pickup

Smile when you play that!™