Ancient Music

The Treholope


    This group of ukeleles was manufactured for the tourist trade. They are fanciful in their design and employ several mass produced parts (the fretboard, bridge, nut, tuning pegs, the two string guides, and the tail pin are all the same molded black plastic parts for the entire family). The bodys are all some variant of a long triangle. They are perfectly servicable instruments that play quite well. They were manufactured for a company called Peterson Products, by Swagerty Specialities Co. of San Clemente, California.

    The marketing promoted the myth that they were popular in the islands because the long pointed neck allowed the player to stick it straight up in the beach sand while the gang went swimming in the surf, thereby keeping the important parts of the instrument clean and dry. The Treholope had a curved neck. The "Surfalele"s neck recurved into a soft "S" shape, and there was a long but straight neck called the xxxxxxx. The example pictured has the name "Folk-A-Lay-Lee" printed on the back of the head. They are quite long - the one pictured is 51.5" overall (the average classical guitar is 40" for comparison.

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