Featured Ukulele Builder
Periodically I'll feature a ukulele builder or manufacture that just goes above and beyond on the quality and custome care with their instruments. Mya-Moe is on of those builder that sprung on the scene a few years ago and has just shined. One of their ukulele is on my list this year to finally have them build. I've been putting it off for far too long.
- Mya-Moe Ukuleles - On my wish list. Gordon and Char Myers and Arron Kiem are building some of the finest ukuleles around. Check out Gordon's weekly series of videos, very informative.
Builders and Manufactures
- New Ukulele Builders Luthiers, & Manufactures
New listings added in the last several months.
- All Ukulele Builders & Manufactures [ A..Z ]
Listing of ALL builders and manufactures listed alphabetically.
- Production Ukulele Manufactures
Manufactures building a lot of ukuleles and are available in a wider range of retail outlets than custom builders.
A lot of major guitar manufacture like Fendor, Ibanex and Epiphone are getting in to the ukulele business.
- Custom Builders by State, USA
Listed by State.
- Custom Builders by Country, International
Listed by Country.
- My Personal Recommendations
These are from entry level ukuleles great for beginners exploring the ukulele for the first time to seasoned pros wanting the best ukulele possible.
I personally have a Ko'olau CS Contemporary Tenor, A Koa Tenor Fluke and Kalas of all sizes.
- Banjo Ukulele
The banko uke was made popular by British entertainer George Formby
- Bass Ukulele
Both acoustic and solid body variations are available.
- Resonator Ukulele
These are the ukulele with the little hub cap in the sound hole. -;)
- Electric Ukulele
Any ukulele can be “electrified” with a pickup. This page has are builders and manufactures with solidbody ukulele offerings.
A great resources for past and present ukulele manufactures is the Tiki King's Big Ukulele List.
Over 680 brand names listed, with whatever information Tiki King can collect.
Tiki King also has great ukulele shop in Felton, CA, naturally calles Ukuleles of Felton.
Ukulele Like Instruments
The cavaquinho (pron. /kɐ.vɐ.'ki.ɲu/ in European Portuguese and /ka.va.'ki.ɲu/ in Brazilian Portuguese) is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wires or gut strings. It is also called machimbo, machim, machete (in the Portuguese Atlantic islands and Brazil), manchete or marchete, braguinha or braguinho, and cavaco. Its standard tuning is D-G-B-D
The Hawaiian islands have an instrument similar to the cavaquinho called the ukulele, which is thought to be a development of the cavaquinho, brought to the island by Portuguese immigrants. The Hawaiian ukulele has four strings and a similar shape to the cavaquinho, which was introduced into Hawaii by Augusto Dias, Manuel Nunes, and João Fernandes in 1879.
- Cavaquinho Artists
- Cavaquinho "Cavaquinho" link, Júlio Pereira
- Cavaquinho Ukulele link