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José Alvaréz the Dulcet Soprano at Ukulele Corner
My Alvaréz Dulcet
(with aftermarket paintwork)
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

José Alvaréz

From Barcelona according to the sound hole label and quite prolific in output so its likely this was the brand name for a factory rather than a single person workshop, (Though I would think there originally was a Jose Alvaréz), and at least one of the models, the Dulcet was distributed in the UK by Dallas. This model was also considered good enough to be in George Formby's personal collection


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