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José Alvaréz the Dulcet Soprano at Ukulele Corner
My Alvaréz Dulcet
When I talk about "Pre War" for Spain, I mean pre Spanish Civil War, another of the precursor events to WWII (during which Spain was neutral).
It is not uncommon, particularly in Europe, to see pre Civil War Spanish Ukuleles, Spain at this period was the home of the "Spanish Guitar" so there were plenty of luthiers and factories plying their trade and a lot of European distributors included Spanish instruments as part of the catalogue, (for example Beare & Sons 1932 catalogue lists 4 Spanish made Ukuleles, but no information beyond they are Spanish). Sometimes they have a paper label inside the sound hole giving the name of the maker, but not always. A lot of the Spanish Ukuleles look more like Guitaricos (and may well have originally been built as such), with golpeadores and saddleless bridges, but the problem is there is not a lot of information on them like the size of the workshop or the quantity or quality of manufacture? Any help would be great.

Enrique González

From Madrid and possibly a descendant of Francisco Gonzalez the famous Madrid Guitar maker 1818-1880? I don't have any information beyond that

Telesforo Julve

He ran a major Chordophone factory in Valencia starting from before the civil war and continuing on until certainly into the 1950's. He did put his own name on some Ukuleles but he also produced a number of products for others to brand, (in fact he did the rebranding for them!) One of the brands I know he produced, at the behest of Rose Morris was José Alvaréz and this branding also included "Dulcet" which they obtained when they brought out Barnet Samuel. The sound hole label says the Ukuleles (and Guitars) come from Barcelona but this like José Alvaréz himself is fictitious. One other thing to note about this brand though was and example was in George Formby's personal collection at the time of his death.


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