New Ukulele Builder, Manufactures, Luthiers Added

New ukulele luthiers, builders and manufactures listings I’ve added in the last several months.

Atelier Tomi Strings

Atelier Tomi Strings

Ernie Kleinman, Luthier and Bowmaker
Missouri
USA
Phone: 816-462-3788

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from the Atelier Tomi Strings web site

Twenty years of living in British Columbia, Canada expanded my horizons, discovering many ways of working in wood while pursuing a lifelong joy of playing stringed instruments and a passion for guitar-building. Since moving to the USA, I’ve taken inspiration from the vast selection of quality local hardwoods available for construction of stringed instruments, furniture and chairs.

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Barron River Guitars

Barron River Guitars

Allen R. McFarlen
8 Meteor Street
Mt. Sheridan, Queensland
Australia 4868
Phone: (61 +7) 4045 5930
Mobile: 0431 430 186

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from the Barron River Guitars web site

Every instrument is fully hand made from select timbers and finished to the highest of standards. Owning a hand built instrument made to your specifications is easier than you may think. I’m happy to discuss your options and ideas for a custom built instrument. It’s just part of the service that you should expect when commissioning a build, or buying an instrument that I have in stock.

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Bischoff Guitars & Ukulele

Bischoff Guitars & Ukulele

5150 Deerfield Road
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
USA
Daytime Phone: (715) 832-8915
Evening Phone: (715) 834-3751

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from the Bischoff Guitars & Ukulele web site

After studying performance on saxophone and guitar in the University of Wisconsin system, Gordon Bischoff proceeded to receive training in violin repair in 1974 at Redwing Technical College in Redwing, Minnesota. Using the skills and techniques from that training and incorporating every bit of printed material available on the subject he went on to pursue his true interest...guitars.

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Blue Maui Ukulele

Blue Maui Ukulele

by John (Colly) Norman
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
USA

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from the Blue Maui Ukulele web site

John (Colly) Norman was born in the late 40’s and grew up in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. “When I was 18, hanging around as a teenager in Miami, I had a friend named Skip Ruck whose brother was always in their parents’ garage building guitars. Though I never met the brother, the idea of building a musical instrument intrigued me throughout the next thirty five years of construction, custom woodworking, aviation, and other creative endeavors.”

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Butser Mountain Music

Butser Mountain Music

Mark Fletcher
**Butser Mountain
**England

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A maker and Repairer of Musical Instruments nestling in the foothills of Butser Mountain Southern England.

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Celentano Woodworks

Celentano Woodworks

Paul Celentano
Asheville, NC
USA

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from the Celentano Woodworks web site

What would your custom instrument look like? If you can dream it,lets build it. Whats your favorite Food, Animal, Object? The possibility’s are endless when it comes to instrument building. Now your instrument can be as personal as the music you play. 100% handcrafted in N.C. What Would Your Dream Instrument Look Like? All designs can be made into a ukulele , guitar , bass , mandolin ,and more. All designs are custom made to order.Each instrument is hand made from start to finish just for you and can be designed to meet the needs of your budget.

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Cordoba Guitars & Ukuleles

Cordoba Guitars & Ukuleles

Cordoba Music Group (CMG)
Cordoba Guitars, Guild Guitars
Santa Monica, California
USA tol free: 877-304-0909

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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.

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Donaldson Ukuleles

Donaldson Ukuleles

*Ukuleles, Mandolins & Guitars
*Cannon Beach, Oregon
USA
Phone: 206 369 0953
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Donaldson Ukuleles web site

Luthier Brad Donaldson of Cannon Beach, Oregon. I have been a part time luthier for 28 years. As a Seattle native, my real job was running the ambient air monitoring network for Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. I retired from the agency in 2005, moved to Cannon Beach and have been free to pursue my passion of building instruments since. I started out making ukes at first, but as there was not much interest in them, switched to making mandolins and guitars. I am very glad that the ukulele has become popular again, it was the first instrument I learned to play and is the most fun for me to build.

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Doug Eaton Lutherie

Doug Eaton Lutherie

PO Box 456
Maleny, Qld 4552
Australia
Phone: 07 5494 4046

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from the Doug Eaton Lutherie web site

Doug made his first guitar in 1970, when dissatisfaction with various commercial guitars prompted a colleague to suggest he make one. His association with making and repairing instruments has been continuous since then.

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George Banjos

George Banjos

Tommy George and Christian Stanfield
301 Church Street
Somerville, Tennessee
USA

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from the George Banjos web site

George Banjos is located in historic, scenic Somerville, Tennessee, just a few blocks away from the court square and town center. It is located just shy of midway between Memphis and Jackson.

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Goat Rock Ukulele

Goat Rock Ukulele

Michael F Smith
PO Box 176
Graton, California 95444
USA
Tel. 707-888-6228

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from the Goat Rock Ukulele web site

I’ve worked with wood my entire life as a cabinet maker, finish carpenter and now a ukulele builder. My parents were both artists, making beautiful things runs deep. I strive to make the best ukuleles in both sound and sight. Goat Rock Ukulele is not a ukulele factory. I build few instruments at a time. Each ukulele is unique. I love building themed instruments that have connection to the eventual owner. I often build with recycled wood. Many woods harvested decades ago are of higher quality then is now available. I have recycled redwood from 75 year old cabernet wine tanks. It’s stained a beautiful purple from the wine. This wood will make an amazing top for a vintner themed Ukulele.

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Gourd Banjos

Gourd Banjos

Barry Sholder
122 Battle Dr.
Dallas, Georgia 30132
USA
USA
Phone: 770-712-4419
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Gourd Banjos web site

To construct all my banjos, I try to find the finest materials available . Your banjo will truely be one of a kind because these instruments are made from gourds grown in the fields of Casa Grade, Arizona. Some of the gourds that I use measure up to 3/4” thick, making them ideal for a carved surface. Also, thickness does have a factor in the tone of the instrument.

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Heirloom Ukuleles

Heirloom Ukuleles

Ken & Virginia Miller
1819 Raa Ave.
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
USA
USA
Phone: (850) 386-4157
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Heirloom Ukuleles web site

Ken Miller started his building career in 1962 when his guitar needed repairs and he fixed it himself. Soon other people were bringing their instruments to him to repair. In the early 70’s he spent several years working at Guild Guitars in Westerly, Rhode Island in a variety of positions including assistant foreman in final assembly. In the following years Ken focused mostly on repairs while managing to build one to four instruments per year. With his wife, Virginia, designing and cutting inlays, they are now building full time.

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Heller Guitars

Heller Guitars

Luther: Thomas Heller
Classical & Flamenco Guitars
San Diego, CA USA
tel: 760.522.5945

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from the Heller Guitars web site

Thomas Heller, inspired by his love of blues artists like Robert Johnson, and guided by his background in building classical guitars, has constructed a truly unique line of acoustic steel string guitars that produce his trademark rich sound.

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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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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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Iriguchi Ukuleles

Iriguchi Ukuleles

Diana & Dave Iriguchi
Carmichael, California
USA
eMail: [email protected]

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Iriguchi Ukuleles is Diana and me. We are a husband/wife team. I am the luthier and web guy and Diana is my inspiration/muse/accountant. Oh, and Dieter is our shop dog. He’s a German Shepherd. I build our ukuleles in a little workshop here in Carmichael, California, which is just outside Sacramento.

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Kimo Ukulele

Kimo Ukulele

Hank Johnson
535 Chesterfield Circle
San Marcos, California 92069
USA
Phone: (760) 585-6352 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm (PST)

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from the Kimo Ukulele web site

My second home, Maui, and many years in ocean sports both on the mainland and the Islands naturally led me to the beauty of the Polynesian culture including slack-key guitar and ukulele.

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Mandolins by Jonathan Mann

Mandolins by Jonathan Mann

1002 Bradford Place
Joelton, TN 37080
USA
Phone: 615-562-5747
Cell: 615-289-1333
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Mandolins by Jonathan Mann web site

A “small shop” instrument builder and currently building acoustic and electric mandolin family instruments, electric ukuleles and other random custom instruments. A while back a customer emailed me and wanted to talk to me about building an electric steel string Uke…this worked out quite well since the electric mandolins I build are very similar in size, scale to the Ukulele. 

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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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Nalu Ukulele Company

Nalu Ukulele Company

5410 East Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90022
USA
Phone: 213.785.7483
eMail: [email protected]

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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.

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New Wave Ukulele

New Wave Ukulele

El Cajon, California
USA
Phone: 619-873-7839
eMail: [email protected]

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from the New Wave Ukulele web site

New ukulele builder located in El Cajon, California My name is Eric Vossbrink, I am a Luthier from San Diego California. Originally from Los Angeles, I started working with guitars when I was 18 in music stores, eventually I went to work for one of the most prestigious guitar manufacturers in the world. My belief is that since ukulele music is becoming more sophisticated, so should the instrument. My goal is to create instruments that help the artist find their music.

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Nica Tiki Ukuleles

Nica Tiki Ukuleles

San Juan del Sur
Nicaragua, Central America

nicatikiukulele[email protected]
US: (415) 799-8850
Nicaragua: 011 505 8952 5173 • 011 505 2568 2301

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from the Nica Tiki Ukuleles web site

NicaTiki Ukuleles are handmade by two of the most respected guitar and ukulele makers in Central America. We offer 2 models of ukuleles to cater to the different styles and interests of our customers.

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Outdoor Ukulele

Outdoor Ukulele

20724 SE Carmen Loop
Suite 140
Bend, Oregon 97002
USA
Phone: 541.241.7835

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from the Outdoor Ukulele web site

The Outdoor Ukulele is injection molded from glass fiber filled polycarbonate. This high-performance composite plastic creates a very strong structure with exceptional tonal quality.

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PM Guitars

PM Guitars

Woodend, Victoria
Australia

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I build handmade guitars and ukuleles from quality tone woods as well as found objects and recycled materials. Making unique instruments with great tone and individual appearance.

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Sideways Eight Ukuleles

Sideways Eight Ukuleles

Gibson Woodworking & Design
Andrew Gibson
Florida
USA
Phone: (727) 365-2549
eMail: [email protected]

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Florida Based Furniture Maker and Luthier. I love to use local, eco frendly lumber whenever possible.

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Small Wonder Banjos

Small Wonder Banjos

Jere Canote
Seattle, Washington
USA

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My fascination with banjos was first sparked in 1975 when I discovered the joys of old time music while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Soon I was repairing and restoring great old instruments, and after settling in Seattle, I began designing and building my own banjo-family instruments in 1985. I am especially fond of the the late 19th century banjo aesthetic, and at the same time I enjoy taking banjo design in playful and humorous directions. I’ve had a lot of experience creating custom inlays, including: skeletons, lizards, frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, crows, cats, llamas, hens, roosters, burning candles, and floral motifs. I have built open backed 5 string Banjos (both 11in, and 12in rims) minstrel banjos, banjo-guitars, and banjo-ukes (using both standard banjo construction, and my unique “neck-through” body design).

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Snowshoe Ukulele

Snowshoe Ukulele

Stephen Beauregard Chicopee, Massachusetts
USA

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Snowshoe Ukulele Company started out simply in 2005 with the building of a mahogany soprano to play around the summer campfires. That didn’t turn out as planned as every time the uke would come out, someone new wanted to buy it. Thus the first orders were taken and have been growing since. The names have changed to protect the innocent. So if you find a Stephen Paul or Northern Ukulele in a pawn shops, we all had to start somewhere! That first soprano is still here in the shop and played often. Check out our website and keep coming back as we’re in the process of building it.

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Tin Guitars

Tin Guitars

Rob Collins
6 Glen View Rd
Hebden Bridge
W Yorkshire, Great Britain HX7 6DA

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Luthier Rob Collins of Hebden Bridge, W Yorkshire, Great Britain. The ukulele is my instrument of choice as a player. I bought my first ukulele in 1989 and I’ve been building wooden acoustic ukes since 2009.

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Tin Pan Ukuleles

Tin Pan Ukuleles

Artful Bodger Woodworks
Nancy Romalov, Furniture Maker
Iowa City, Iowa
USA

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from the Tin Pan Ukuleles web site

Having spent the greater part of my adult life exercising the left side of my brain–I received a PhD in American Studies at the University of Iowa and have taught at various colleges for the past 20 years–I decided several years ago it was time to strike a balance. I began to pursue a long-time interest in woodworking and have since been laboring toward a total career shift. With any luck, I’ll have achieved that shift before I reach retirement age.

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Todd Rose Guitars

Todd Rose Guitars

115 Marsh Road
Ithaca, New York 14850
USA
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Todd Rose Guitars web site

An introduction to the ideas behind the design and construction of my instruments has to begin with some acknowledgments and thanks. In the decade and a half since I began my lutherie journey, I’ve been privileged to meet many great guitar makers and to receive a tremendous wealth of guidance and education from these masters of the art.

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Whiskey Hotel Instruments

Whiskey Hotel Instruments

Wayne Hayward
**Michigan
**USA

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Whiskey Hotel Instruments is a Michigan-based boutique custom luthier. Using carefully selected materials, luthier Wayne Hayward creates unique instruments, uniquely for you.

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Laurie Williams Guitars

Laurie Williams Guitars

Goshen Valley Rd
Mangonui, Taipa 0442
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 4050559
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Laurie Williams Guitars web site

Luither Laurie Williams of Mangonui, Taipa, New Zealand. Building Ukuleles, Guitars and Mandolins. I live in the Paraoanui valley in the Far North of New Zealand’s North Island surrounded by native bush and farmland. It is off the beaten track; to get here requires a rugged drive on rough gravel roads.

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Wise Luthiers

Wise Luthiers

P.O. Box 420
Margaret River, Western 6285
Australia
Outside Australia (61) 897573224
Inside Australia 08 97573224
eMail: [email protected]

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from the Wise Luthiers web site

Ukulele luthier from Margaret River, Western, Australia Welcome to the Wise Ukulele website.  I am Scott Wise.  I have been making ukuleles since 1979.  I have always had a deep interest in historic Hawaiian ukuleles and their precursors from Portugal and Spain.   I believe that the traditional lightly built handmade ukuleles of the early 20th century have important characteristics which are not found in modern instruments. I am working to regain some of the old magic.

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