Ukuleles - Mass Production Manufactures

Ukulele builders, luthiers and manufactures from around the globe. Their instruments are typically available at music stores and retailers.

Finding a Great Ukulele

QUICKPIC - Here are a few luthiers to check out first: 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 The Kitakis Family of Ko'olau Guitar & 'Ukulele Company

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.

Applause Guitars

Applause Guitars

Made by Ovation Guitars (Kaman Music)
KMC Music Inc.
55 Griffin Road South 
Bloomfield, CT 06002-0507
USA
Tel: (860) 509-8888

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Applause Guitars brand.

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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. logo-OvationIn 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.

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Aria Guitars

Aria Guitars

Aria & Company
12-2 Kanda-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 466-0077
Japan

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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 ]

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Blackbird Guitars

Blackbird Guitars

1736 Grove street
San Francisco, California 94117
USA
Phone: 415.706.0632
Fax: 415.358.6862

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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.

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Cole Clark

Cole Clark

Factory 3
7 Clare St
Bayswater
Vic, 3153
Australia

USA office:
Ulrich City Centre, Suite #6
Lockport, New York 14094
U.S.A. Canada office: 46 Forest Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 1X1, Canada Phone: 905.525.0323
Fax: 905.525.7943

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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.

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Eastman Strings

Eastman Strings

A division of: Eastman Music Company USA Headquarters
22525 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
USA
Phone: 240-686-2050
Toll-free: 1-800-624-0270
Fax: 240-686-2058

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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.

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Eastwood Guitars

Eastwood Guitars

348 Guelph St. #14
Georgetown, Ontario
CANADA
7G-4B5
Phone: 905-702-8291 9AM-5PM EST

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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.

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Eddy Finn Ukuleles

Eddy Finn Ukuleles

SHS International
1922 W. Banta Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217
USA
Phone: 1-800-475-7686

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Eddy Finn Ukuleles brand.

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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.

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Epiphone

Epiphone

A division of Gibson Nashville, TN
USA

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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.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)

8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
SUA
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) brand.

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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.

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Gibson

Gibson

Gibson Corporate
309 Plus Park Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37217
USA
800.444.2766
615.871.4500
615.889.5509 FAX

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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.

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Gretsch Guitars

Gretsch Guitars

8860 East Chaparral Road
Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
USA A division of Fender Music Instruments

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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.

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Hofner

Hofner

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
Fax:262-671-4280

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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.

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Hoku Ukulele’s

Hoku Ukulele’s

P.O. Box 255
Lawai, Hawaii 96765
USA

tel: 808-634-1101

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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.

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Hulala Ukulele

Hulala Ukulele

USA Distributor Dana B. Goods, Inc.
4054 Transport Street, Unit A,
Ventura, CA 93003
USA
Tel: 800-741-0109 www.danabgoods.com

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Hulala Ukulele brand.

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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.

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Ibanez

Ibanez

Hoshino (USA) Inc.
1726 Winchester Rd.
Bensalem, PA, 19020
USA
Telephone (215)638-8670
Fax (215)245-8583

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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.

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Johnson Musical Instruments

Johnson Musical Instruments

Johnson Musical Instruments
Yuma, Arizona
USA

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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.

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Kala Brand Music Company

Kala Brand Music Company

pronounced Kah’ la

P.O. Box 751149
Petaluma, California 94975-1149
USA

tel:1 877 Uke Duke

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Kala Brand Music Company brand.

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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.

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Kamoa Ukulele

Kamoa Ukulele

4-1310 Kuhio Hwy
Kapa’a, Hawaii 96746
USA
Phone: (808) 652 9999

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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.

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Kay Guitar

Kay Guitar

PO Box 8798
Newport Beach, CA 92658
USA

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from the Kay Guitar web site

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Koloa Ukulele

Koloa Ukulele

UK Distributor
Westside Distribution Unit C,
139 Lancefield Street
Glasgow,
UK G3 8HZ

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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.

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Lanikai Ukuleles

Lanikai Ukuleles

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

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Lanikai Ukuleles brand.

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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.

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Luna Guitars

Luna Guitars

4924 West Waters Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33634
USA
Toll Free: 1-866-854-5045

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Luna Guitars brand.

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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.

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Magic Fluke Company

Magic Fluke Company

292 South Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257
USA
tel: 800-459-5558
fax: 413-229-8536

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Magic Fluke Company brand.

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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.

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C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.

C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.

510 Sycamore Street
P. O. Box 329
Nazareth, PA 18064-0329
USA
Phone: 610-759-2837
Fax: 610-759-5757

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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.

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Moku Ukuleles

Moku Ukuleles

D & B Music LLC
San Francisco, California
USA
Phone: 415-681-6081
eMail: [email protected]

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Moku Ukuleles brand.

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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.

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Ohana Ukuleles

Ohana Ukuleles

3350 E. 7th Street, #105
Long Beach, CA 90804
USA
Phone: 1-626-922-2848

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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.

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Oscar Schmidt by Washburn

Oscar Schmidt by Washburn

U.S. Music Corp
444 E. Courtland St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
Phone: 1-800 US SOUND (877-6863) OR 847-949-0444
Fax: 847-949-8444

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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®.

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Peavey

Peavey

International Headquarter
Peavey Electronics Corporation
5022 Hartley Peavey Drive
Meridian, MS 39305
Customer Phone: 601-483-5365
Fax: 601-486-1278

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from the Peavey web site

Peavey Electronics, manufacturer of musical equipment, gear, accessories and just about anything else you can think of. Rock on!

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Pukanala Brand Ukulele

Pukanala Brand Ukulele

Taiwan
eMail: [email protected]

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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.

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RISA Musical Instruments GmbH

RISA Musical Instruments GmbH

Rigk Sauer
Pferdsbachstr. 31
D-64823 Gross-Umstadt
Germany
Phone: +49-(0)6078-911183
Fax: +49-(0)6078-911176

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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.

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Samick Guitar Company

Samick Guitar Company

1329 Gateway Drive
Gallatin, Tennessee 37066
USA

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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.

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Takamine

Takamine

Takamine Guitars
17600 N Perimeter Dr
Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
USA

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Takamine brand.

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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.

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Taylor Guitars

Taylor Guitars

1980 Gillespie Way
El Cajon, CA 92020
USA
(619) 258-1207 (main)
(619) 258-6957 (sales)

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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.

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Uluru Ukulele

Uluru Ukulele

AYERS MUSIC CO., LTD
3F-1 NO. 139 Kien Kwo N Rd.
Sec.2 Taipei Taiwan 104
Phone: +886-2-25058856
Fax: +886-2-25013934

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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.

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Vineyard Ukuleles

Vineyard Ukuleles

Praiseland Music Inc.
1825 Peck Rd Ste B
Monrovia, California 91016-4778
USA
Phone (626) 303-2100

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from the Vineyard Ukuleles web site

A brand name used by **Praiseland Music Inc. **Imported from China.

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aNueNue Ukuleles

aNueNue Ukuleles

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

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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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