Cool Ukuleles

Some very cool ukuleles from a few of the builders listed on the site.

Ko'olau Ukuleles - Collector Series

There are a lot of great ukulele builders making some of the finest instruments in the world. And, the Ko'olau Guitar & Ukulele Company makes the best high end ukes that are a work of art.

Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
USA

tel: 808-622-1064
fax: 808-622-1646

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company brand.

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from the Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company web site

Ko’olau Guitars and ‘Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko’olau Mountains.

img For many years Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele has been building some of the finest quality ukes money can buy, allowing the customer to pick from many woods and decorative options. The company was founded and is still run by John Kitakis, whose career began as a furniture maker. He moved from the mainland US to Hawaii forty  years ago, then for a period of time went back to the mainland  doing warranty repair work  for Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Guild and other guitar manufacturers, and in between  built custom  guitars and mandolins. Eventually he, his wife and children returned to Oahu  to begin Ko’olau Guitar & Ukulele Company.  All of John’s children worked in the family business, from sorting screws to sweeping floors. His oldest son, Noa eventually chose to pursue stringed instrument making, and now manages all Ko’olau production.  His youngest son, Andrew also joined the family doing repairs and  assisting in Ko’olau construction and finishing, but eventually established his own retail guitar and ‘ukulele business.

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Black Bear Ukuleles - Theme Ukulele

There are a lot of great ukulele builders making some of the finest instruments in the world. And, the Ko'olau Guitar & Ukulele Company makes the best high end ukes that are a work of art.

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Black Bear Ukuleles - Theme Ukulele

Black Bear Ukuleles

Black Bear Ukuleles

Duane Heilman
Yakima, WA
USA

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from the Black Bear Ukuleles web site

My name is Duane Heilman, and I am a luthier and owner of Black Bear Guitars and Ukuleles, a one man shop located in Yakima, Washington, in the U.S. I have been designing, building, and repairing stringed instruments since 1991, and creating ukuleles since 1998. My designs and construction techniques have grown out of years of study and observation of vintage and modern ukes. I try to incorporate my own artistic sense into each instrument as well, and sometimes the results can be quite different and full of surprises -- even to me!

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Tony Graziano Ukuleles - The "Erickenbacker"

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Tony Graziano Ukuleles - The "Erickenbacker"

Graziano Ukuleles

Graziano Ukuleles

1016 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
USA
Shop Phone/Fax (831)479-3590

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from the Graziano Ukuleles web site

Tony Graziano Ukuleles, Tony Graziano has been building musical instruments since 1969 and became interested in the Ukulele in 1978 , and then in 1995, after several years of building both guitars and Ukuleles, Tony began building Ukuleles almost exclusively. Tony likes to think of the ukulele as an instrument of the millennium. Its compact, easy to travel with, and brings joy to all who hear and play them. All Tony Graziano Ukes are built by Tony in his Santa Cruz shop using of the finest woods available. His is a page of information on the woods, with descriptions, used by Tony Graziano to build his fine ukuleles.

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Shark Uke by Norman Takeya

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Shark Uke by Norman Takeya

Ukulele by Joel Eckhaus (Earnest Instruments)

Earnest Musical Instruments

Earnest Musical Instruments

Joel Eckhaus, Luthier
12 Fairlawn Ave.
S. Portland, ME 04106
USA
207 799-9788

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from the Earnest Musical Instruments web site

EARNEST INSTRUMENTS are created for musicians who require functional, distinctive, high quality tools for making music. These are not your garden variety music store axes, but uncommon musical instruments designed to meet the needs of innovative players looking for something a little different. Rather than build reproductions of standard manufactured items, EARNEST combines time-tested styles and designs to create unique, original instruments with a classic appearance. Every effort is made to build the finest sounding and playing instruments. Their expense results from the quality of the materials and workmanship rather than unnecessary detail or excessive ornamentation. Materials are chosen for utility, tone, and appearance. Domestic and lesser known exotic tonewoods are favored over rare, overpriced, and often endangered species. Natural and manufactured materials are combined with appropriate adhesives and fasteners, at optimum humidity, to insure the stability and durability of the instruments. Earnest Instruments are built for a lifetime of music making!

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Big Bufo Bass Baritone by Owen Holt

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Road Toad Music

Road Toad Music

Owen Holt
Road Toad Music
P.O. Box 51817
San Jose, CA 95151
USA
ph: (408)223-8006

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from the Road Toad Music web site

Road Toad Music produces quality handcrafted ukulele and bass instruments. Among the ukulele that Owen makes are a line of bass ukes. I played a few at the 2006 New York Ukulele Festival and they are amazing. You can believe the sound that comes from these. Owen also designed the Kala UBass.

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Mele Ukulele Double Neck Tenor

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Mele Custom Mahogany Double-Neck Tenor

Mele Ukulele

Mele Ukulele

1750 Kaahumanu Avenue
Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793
USA
Tel. 808.244.3938
Fax. 808.242.6566

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from the Mele Ukulele web site

Mele Ukulele builds and sells fine ENTIRELY HAND MADE ukuleles and guitars at incredibly low prices. Our ukuleles feature great tone and playability, top quality Hawaiian koa and other fine SOLID tonewoods, and detailed inlay work. For nearly 20 years, Mele Ukulele continues to offer what can be considered among the best value in instruments today

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