QUICKPIC - Here are a few luthiers to check out first: The Kitakis Family of Ko'olau Guitar & 'Ukulele Company, Gordon & Char Mayer, Arron Keim and crew - Mya-Moe Ukulele Ukuleles, Duane Heilman - Black Bear Ukuleles, Mike DaSilva - DaSilva Ukulele Co., Joel Eckhaus - Earnest Musicial Instruments, Dave Means - Glyph Custom Ukuleles, Chuck Moore - Moore Bettah Ukuleles, Dave Talsma - Talsma String Instruments and
Pretty much every major guitar manufacture has jumped on the ukulele band wagon. Check the ukulele forums for players recommendations beyond my list of suggested builders and manufactures.
Amati’s Fine Instruments
Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
Phone: (888) 262-8471
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Amahi Ukuleles brand.
from the Amahi Ukuleles web site
A new line of ukuleles from an establish fine instrument company.
Manufacturer/Distributor of High-Quality Ukuleles including Amahi and Snail Ukuleles. Over 40 models available with exotic woods and unique designs.
OCT 2014 - We at Funky Frets are getting in an order of Amahi ukuleles and a couple of great guitars. The sales rep, Jackie was into and these are quality ukulele at unbelievable prices.
Made by Ovation Guitars (Kaman Music)
KMC Music Inc.
55 Griffin Road South
Bloomfield, CT 06002-0507
Tel: (860) 509-8888
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Applause Guitars brand.
from the Applause Guitars web site
In the early ’60s, guitar virtuoso and game-changing engineer Charlie Kaman set out to find the sound he always knew but never heard. He discovered it in 1966, the Ovation guitar was born. The story of Ovation guitars-and the ground-breaking technology behind them-begins with Charles H. Kaman, an aeronautical engineer known for his pioneering work in helicopter and aerospace design. In 1945, Charles Kaman founded Kaman Aircraft, and in 1947 his company developed a radical helicopter that used inter-meshing rotors and Kaman’s patented servo-flap control. In 1951, Kaman built the world’s first gas turbine helicopter-an innovative aircraft now at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
from the Aria Guitars web site
Aria now has the D’Aquisto name and is making a series of guitar based on the same original D’Aquisto models. Here is the D’Aquisto DQ-JZ model after Jim Halls Jimmy D’Aquisto built guitar. [ link: www.ariausa.com/daquisto/index.html ]
1736 Grove street
San Francisco, California 94117
from the Blackbird Guitars web site
Blackbird Guitars was founded by Joe Luttwak and Kyle Wolfe and now includes fellow designer Troy Stevens. After years searching for a compact guitar worth bringing along for the ride, all they could find was thin sounding and fragile. Eventually they realized that none of the established companies would tackle this problem so they decided to do it themselves.
7 Clare St
Ulrich City Centre, Suite #6
Lockport, New York 14094
U.S.A. Canada office: 46 Forest Avenue
L8N 1X1, Canada Phone: 905.525.0323
from the Cole Clark web site
Cole Clark guitars combine classical construction with innovative design and manufacturing techniques to produce lighter, stronger instruments with superior acoustic performance. Made using indigenous timber and featuring Face Brace Sensor acoustic pickup systems, Cole Clark guitars provide professional quality at affordable prices. All Cole Clark ukuleles comprise our unique “Carved to fit” Soundboard & Backs, as well as the “Spanish” or “Integral Neck”, that is, the neck forms a part of the construction as with our “Fat Lady” range of acoustic guitars.
Cordoba Music Group (CMG)
Cordoba Guitars, Guild Guitars
Santa Monica, California
USA tol free: 877-304-0909
from the Cordoba Guitars & Ukuleles web site
Founded in 1997, ** Córdoba** seeks to guide the evolution of the nylon string guitar, blending traditional craftsmanship of the early master luthiers with modern developments. Inspired by the organic beauty and honesty of acoustic instruments, every Córdoba is lightweight, responsive, and a direct descendant of the Spanish tradition. Córdoba continues to challenge the definition of the acoustic guitar without sacrificing the authenticity of its heritage.
A division of: Eastman Music Company
22525 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
from the Eastman Strings web site
In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a different approach was needed.
348 Guelph St. #14
Phone: 905-702-8291 9AM-5PM EST
from the Eastwood Guitars web site
Since 2001, Eastwood® has been creating some of the most exciting Electric Guitars the world has ever seen. Our RADICAL VINTAGE REMAKE series feature a variety of models based on popular sixties designs - from the classic Mosrites to our top-selling AIRLINE - they capture the excitement and style of the originals.
1922 W. Banta Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Eddy Finn Ukuleles brand.
from the Eddy Finn Ukuleles web site
From the distinctive soundhole resonance to the exotic woods used to hand craft each one to tonal perfection, every one has a song waiting to be played. Pick up an Eddy Finn and it’s like a blast of warm sea air hitting your senses. Hand set ocean abalone, fishbone, herringbone…it’s all here. But the truth? It has to sound great first or it’s just a decoration hanging on a wall. Nobody wants that. At the core it has to be musical. It has to breathe.
from the Epiphone web site
Epiphone is one of American’s oldest and most revered instrument makers. Since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music and in 2013 will celebrate its 140th anniversary. Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality, performance and value. One of Gibson’s most formidable competitors through the first half of the 20th century, Epiphone was acquired by Gibson Guitar in 1957. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Epiphone is part of the Gibson family of brands.
8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) brand.
from the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) web site
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock ‘n’ roll. Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors.
309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37217
from the Gibson web site
The home of Gibson electric guitars today is “Gibson USA,” built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson’s Les Paul guitars. Although the entire guitar industry went through a slump in the late ’70s, the spirit of innovation remained strong at Gibson. In response to a growing demand for vintage stylings, Gibson tapped its rich history and reissued the dot-neck version of the ES-335 in 1981 and the flametop sunburst Les Paul in 1982. At the same time, two legendary guitarists joined Gibson- B.B. King in 1980 with the Lucille model and Chet Atkins in 1982 with his new concept of a solidbody acoustic guitar.
8860 East Chaparral Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
USA A division of Fender Music Instruments
from the Gretsch Guitars web site
Since 1883, when 27-year-old Friedrich Gretsch founded his little shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., making banjos, drums and tambourines, The Gretsch Company has grown to produce some of the world’s greatest drums and guitars over the span of four generations. With its emphasis on hand-craftsmanship and commitment to quality, Gretsch has pioneered new designs and manufacturing techniques, winning endorsements from some of the music industry’s most respected artists, including Chet Atkins, Bono, Charlie Watts, Neil Young and Phil Collins.
Karl Höfner GmbH & Co. KG Egerlandstraße 38
D-91083 Baiersdorf-Hagenau - Germany
Phone:+49 (0) 9133-7758-0 Fax:+49 (0) 9133-7758-58 (USA) Classic Musical Instruments (CMI)
PO Box 580713
Pleasant Prairie, WI 58158
Phone:888-942-2642 or 262-942-4811
from the Hofner web site
Hofner makes guitars, basses, violins, violas, cellos and double basses. We have done for a long time - 125 years! The company is situated in Bavaria, southern Germany. We are most famous for the legendary Violin Beatle Bass. That’s the one played for over 50 years by ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney. But we make a lot of other great guitars and basses including the Clubs and the Verythins. Then there is the famous President 500/5 bass too, played by Stuart Sutcliffe, also once of Beatle fame.
from the Hoku Ukulele’s web site
Hoku Ukulele’s is a small company specializing in Tenor and Concert ukulele’s by player’s for player’s. They are located in Hawaii on the island of Kauai and manufacture our ukulele’s in southeast Asia by a well known luthier in Vietnam, to be able to sell a quality Instrument at a reasonable price.
Dana B. Goods, Inc.
4054 Transport Street, Unit A,
Ventura, CA 93003
Tel: 800-741-0109 www.danabgoods.com
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Hulala Ukulele brand.
from the Hulala Ukulele web site
Originally, a team of designers and ukulele specialists came together for a singular project… to create a ukulele perfectly suited to professional use with a great performance to price ratio. Their ambition was to be part of the great vintage ukulele making tradition while meeting the need of modern players. Today, active/gigging musician, recording artist or bedroom hobbyist use Hulala ukulele as a tool on their missions.
Hoshino (USA) Inc.
1726 Winchester Rd.
Bensalem, PA, 19020
from the Ibanez web site
Ibanez pretty much begins almost 30 years ago, when Hoshino opened an office near Philadelphia, PA for more efficiently distributing Ibanez guitars to the United States. Most of those guitars were Ibanez´ famous high quality (but very inexpensive) copies of just about everything–you name it, we probably made a version of it. At that time many American instruments were going through an unfortunate period of increasing prices with decreasing quality, and these copies hit a ready market.
Johnson Musical Instruments
from the Johnson Musical Instruments web site
Johnson Musical Instruments has become the industry’s premier builder of high-quality, high-value musical instruments. We began crafting guitars and fretted instruments in 1993 and have continuously expanded our line of acoustics, electrics, resonators, folk instruments and amps ever since. Our dedication to preserving the best interests of our customers by bringing to market playable instruments at affordable prices has kept us a forerunner in the musical instrument community. We have a nationwide network of dealers who have supported our mission for almost two decades thanks to our great instruments, excellent reputation and great customer support.
pronounced Kah’ la
P.O. Box 751149
Petaluma, California 94975-1149
tel:1 877 Uke Duke
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Kala Brand Music Company brand.
from the Kala Brand Music Company web site
Mike Upton is the founder of Kala Brand Music Company in northern California. Established in 2005, Kala builds 120-plus models of ukulele, including travel and bass variations. Kala amd Makala brand of ukuleles.
from the Kamoa Ukulele web site
Kamoa™ Ukulele Company is dedicated to building high quality bell tone instruments. Our “One player at a time” philosophy is the basis for the countless experiences that will resonate with you for years to come through the lifelong enjoyment of music on your Kamoa™ ukulele. From Exceptional student models priced around $100 up to divine custom masterpieces, we have a tailored Kamoa™ experience ready for you whether you are a true beginner or ukulele master.
Westside Distribution Unit C,
139 Lancefield Street
UK G3 8HZ
from the Koloa Ukulele web site
Koloa is the maker of professional ukluleles. Introduced in early 2007, each ukulele features traditional Hawaiian styling and excellent features at incredible prices. Koloa takes its name from an area on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Koloa area is known for its sugar, a sweet inspiration for our traditional ukuleles. Each Koloa ukulele features the most authentic craftsmanship, the finest quality woods and a truly expressive sound.
from the LA Guitars & Ukulele web site
In 1978, after 8-years of experience as a guitar-player and singer in several French pop and rock bands, I started on the crazy (but so exciting) project to create and produce high-end guitars in Toulouse, in the South-West of France, a city well-known for its famous artists and its really active music scene!
I first started an efficient and reliable repair shop dedicated to all stringed instruments. This shop brought a lot of knowledge and experience, as well as many different and interesting customers through our Custom Shop models! Then, thanks to many musician friends who had built a great image for Lâg guitars on stage and in studio, we introduced our first creations to guitar dealers and players; in France first, then all around Europe, with a lot of success.
EAST COAST: 1000 Technology Park Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone: (800) 446-6010
Fax: (804) 515-0347
WEST COAST: 1240 Quarry St.
Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (800) 637-0477
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Lanikai Ukuleles brand.
from the Lanikai Ukuleles web site
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii - its name means “Heavenly Ocean”… and Lanikai Ukuleles let you “ride the wave” to your own heavenly musical landscape.
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Luna Guitars brand.
from the Luna Guitars web site
Yvonne de Villiers, the accomplished stained-glass artist who envisioned Luna Guitars. Yvonne’s inspiration for a line of guitars designed to maximize playing comfort came from her mother, Hilda Williers, an electric bass player for more than 40 years.
292 South Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Magic Fluke Company brand.
from the Magic Fluke Company web site
The Magic Fluke Co. was started by Dale and Phyllis Webb in 1999 in the basement of our home in New Hartford Connecticut. I was inspired and encouraged by Phyllis’s brother Jim Beloff, an accomplished musician and guitarist who discovered the uke a few years earlier. Jim realized anyone interested in playing the uke back then had very little to choose from in the way of available music or instruments and in 1992, he incorporated as Flea Market Music and released the first of many music books and videos. In the late nineties, I had the motivation to jump ship from the corporate world and decided to make an attempt at an affordable, USA-made ukulele. Armed with prototypes made with thermoformed parts from the kitchen oven, and a handful of Jim’s books and CDs, we committed to exhibit at The National Association of Music Merchants annual trade show in LA, January of 1999. The Magic Fluke Company was born and there was no looking back as orders started coming in and we had to tool up and start producing instruments.
510 Sycamore Street
P. O. Box 329
Nazareth, PA 18064-0329
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. brand.
from the C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. web site
Martin’s steadfast adherence to high standards of musical excellence, mixed with experienced management, has largely accounted for the company’s remarkable longevity. Marketing methods and product mix have changed at Martin over the years, but the company attitude towards guitar building has never varied. In the preface to the 1904 catalog, Frank Henry Martin explained to potential customers, “How to build a guitar to give this tone is not a secret. It takes care and patience. Care in selecting the materials, laying out the proportions, and attending to the details which add to the player’s comfort. Patience in giving the necessary time to finish every part. A good guitar cannot be built for the price of a poor one, but who regrets the extra cost for a good guitar?” Almost eighty years have passed since Frank Henry Martin authored this statement of policy, but it still is an accurate expression of Martin’s ongoing commitment to quality.
D & B Music LLC
San Francisco, California
eMail: [email protected]
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Moku Ukuleles brand.
from the Moku Ukuleles web site
The Hawaiian word “Moku” means Island, which was the original inspiration for these beautiful Ukuleles. There is just something so simple and beautiful about the Ukulele –just like the Polynesian Islands they originated from. Play one yourself and bring your self back to the Islands.
5410 East Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90022
eMail: [email protected]
from the Nalu Ukulele Company web site
Los Angeles, California based ukulele company.
We’ve spent years prototyping and testing ukulele after ukulele to be able to make one simple promise: When you buy a Nalu ukulele, you will be buying an ukulele with an outstanding sound, a beautiful appearance, and a structural integrity that guarantees it’s built to last.
3350 E. 7th Street, #105
Long Beach, CA 90804
from the Ohana Ukuleles web site
Welcome to Ohana, where you will find the many hand-crafted ukulele models we offer - from soprano to baritone, mahogany to selected koa from the islands of Hawaii, conventional to vintage models, plus unique ones for those who are looking for something different.
At Ohana, our goal is to provide the highest quality product at a reasonable price. Every ukulele that leaves our warehouse is carefully inspected and set up for maximum playability. Yes that’s right — EVERY UKULELE, regardless of model and price. Should you compromise on quality just because you need an entry-level ukulele? We don’t think you should.
U.S. Music Corp
444 E. Courtland St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: 1-800 US SOUND (877-6863) OR 847-949-0444
from the Oscar Schmidt by Washburn web site
The Oscar Schmidt Company was founded in 1871 and incorporated in 1911. By the early 1900s, the company had five factories in Europe and a factory on Ferry Street in Jersey City. They made all kinds of stringed instruments, guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, zithers, and Autoharps®.
Peavey Electronics Corporation
5022 Hartley Peavey Drive
Meridian, MS 39305
Customer Phone: 601-483-5365
eMail: [email protected]
from the Pukanala Brand Ukulele web site
“Pukana La” means sunrise in Hawaiian. Sweeping throughthe strings of Pukana La Ukulele,and feel the warm and sunny spirit shines upon you like the morning sun. “PUKA”, likewise, is designed to share an image of rising and opening.
from the RISA Musical Instruments GmbH web site
RISA Musical Instruments is a young innovative company. They design, produce and distribute small stringed instruments. Niche products with volume potential are our main focus.
from the Samick Guitar Company web site
For almost 40 years Samick has manufactured product for the leading brand names in the guitar business. In the process, we learned a great deal about not only what goes into a great guitar, but how to produce it at an affordable price. We also realized that the ability to produce quality product at an affordable price was only half the equation. There needed to be an all out effort to develop a powerful new identity for the product and our company.
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Takamine brand.
from the Takamine web site
For more than half a century now, Takamine has proudly dedicated itself to the art of fine guitar craftsmanship. Its longstanding devotion to innovation and continual improvement has placed it among the world’s premier acoustic guitar makers, with truly fine instruments that are the first choice of performing guitarists worldwide. At Takamine, we’re artisans and craftspeople at heart. High-volume builders use production machinery to speed up their output, but speed isn’t the issue for us—it’s the quality of the instrument. We’re proud of the level of our craftsmanship, and we invite you to see it for yourself by taking a close look at our instruments, part by part.
1980 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 258-1207 (main)
(619) 258-6957 (sales)
from the Taylor Guitars web site
Taylor Guitars is an El Cajon California based luthier, widely known for their quality acoustic guitars. Taylor Guitars was established as a small shop in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has since become one of the world’s foremost manufacturer of premium-quality guitars. Taylor is widely recognized for its pioneering use of cutting-edge technology to craft ultra-playable, great-sounding and musically-inspiring guitars.
AYERS MUSIC CO., LTD
3F-1 NO. 139 Kien Kwo N Rd.
Sec.2 Taipei Taiwan 104
from the Uluru Ukulele web site
Uluru is the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock in Australia With pure love and craze for the unique sounds, Ayers presents the ultimate ukulele line, Uluru. Made by the best Hawaiian Koa and decent exotic tone woods, along with the luthier shop skills, Uluru soon gets its reputation in handmade ukuleles.
Praiseland Music Inc.
1825 Peck Rd Ste B
Monrovia, California 91016-4778
Phone (626) 303-2100
Front Musik Corp.
1F, No.52, Lane 137, Sec. 2
Xinsheng N.Rd. Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: 886-2-2561-5858 Fax: 886-2-2521-0868
from the aNueNue Ukuleles web site
Aloha! The aNueNue ukulele is not just another ukulele company. We are about life, music, and play. aNueNue means rainbow in Hawaiian. Pronounced as “"Ahh nu way nu way," we are a multi-national operation with ukulele enthusiasts from Hawaii, Canada, Japan and Taiwan. With our expertise and years of experience in the MI industry, we have focused our passion to bring you the World’s best ukulele.
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