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    Default Ukulele Builders List

    Hello,

    This list is a work in progress, so if you see it failing in anyway, please pass your thoughts along so this list can be improved for all UU members worldwide!

    This is a list that we want all UU members to agree on that are good builders, so at any point in time the UU members agree there is someone that should be removed, please let me know so that we keep this a list that everyone agrees on.

    Please put up what you know, and I'll add them into this list.

    THANKS


    Akulele
    http://akulele.com/

    Anakoneke
    http://anakoneke.com/index.html

    Ana'ole
    http://www.anaoleukulele.com/

    Antica Ukuleleria
    http://www.anticaukuleleria.com

    Argapa Ukuleles
    http://argapa.blogspot.com/

    Beansprout
    https://www.thebeansprout.com/

    Beltona
    http://www.beltona.net/wordpress/

    Beau Hannam
    http://www.beauhannamguitars.com/

    Barron River
    http://www.brguitars.com/

    Blackbird
    https://www.blackbirdguitar.com/collections/ukuleles

    Bonanza - Thanks to RafterGirl
    http://www.bonanzaukuleles.com/

    Blue Star Guitar - Thanks to Jim Hanks
    http://bluestarguitarcompany.com/

    BRUKO
    http://brueko.de/

    Candelas
    http://www.candelas.com/ukulele.php

    Char Lutheries
    http://www.charguitars.com/

    Cocobolo Ukuleles - Thanks to Jim Hanks
    http://cocoboloukuleles.com/

    Collings
    http://www.collingsguitars.com/custom-gallery/ukuleles/

    Cordoba
    https://www.cordobaguitars.com/guitars/ukuleles

    Covered Bridge - Thanks to Gary52
    https://www.facebook.com/Covered-Bri...4736710602006/

    DaSilva
    http://www.ukemaker.com/ukemaker.php

    Dave Talsma - Thanks to stevepetergal
    http://davetalsma.com/

    Dave's Ukes
    http://davesukes.com

    DeVine
    http://www.devineguitars.com/

    DJ Morgan Ukuleles
    http://djmorganukuleles.co.uk/

    Duane Noble
    http://www.dlnobleguitars.com/

    Earnest - Thanks to Booli
    http://www.earnestinstruments.com/ukuleles/

    Ebi Ukuleles - Thanks to tenor madness
    http://www.ebiukuleles.com/

    Fidra Ukulele
    http://www.fidraukulele.co.uk/

    Fred Shields Ukulele's - Thanks to 70sSanO
    https://m.facebook.com/Fred-Shields-...0995551945357/

    GKU
    http://gkuhi.tripod.com/

    Goat Rock Ukulele - Thanks to stevejfc
    http://goatrockukulele.com/goatrocku....com/home.html

    Griffin Ukuleles - Thanks To KanePono
    http://www.griffinukuleles.com/

    Grimes
    http://www.grimesguitars.com/

    GString Ukulele
    http://gstringukuleles.com/

    Guitar Factory - Honeybell Custom Ukes
    http://www.guitarfactory.us/

    Hinkle Ukulele - Thanks to Jim Hanks
    http://www.hinkle-ukulele.com/

    Hive Ukuleles
    https://www.hiveukuleles.com/

    Hoffman Ukuleles
    http://hoffmannlutherie.com/index.html

    Honni
    http://www.honnimusic.com/ukuleles.html

    Hono Ukulele
    https://www.honuukes.com/

    'I'iwi
    https://www.iiwiukulele.com/

    IMUA
    http://www.imua-ukulele.com/

    Iriguchi Ukuleles
    http://iriguchiukuleles.com/

    Island Ukulele of Kauai
    http://www.koaukulele.com

    Joe Green Ukulele
    http://joegreenukulele.com/

    Josh Rieck
    http://jrieck.com/

    Jupiter Ukulele - thanks to tenor madness
    http://jupiteruke.com/

    Kala
    https://kalabrand.com/

    Kamaka
    http://www.kamakahawaii.com/

    Kamoa
    https://kamoaukuleles.myshopify.com/

    Kanile'a
    http://kanileaukulele.com/

    Kepasa Ukulele
    http://www.kepasaukulele.com/

    Kimo Ukuleles
    http://www.kimoukulele.com

    Kinnard
    http://www.kinnardukes.com/

    Kiwaya
    http://gigaplus.makeshop.jp/kiwaya/english/index.html

    KoAloha
    http://www.koaloha.com/

    Ko'olau
    http://koolauukulele.com/

    Lanikai
    http://lanikaiukuleles.com/

    Larrivée
    https://www.larrivee.com/

    Laurie Williams
    http://www.guitars.co.nz/

    LFdM
    http://lfdmguitars.ca/

    Lichty
    http://lichtyguitars.com/

    Little River Ukuleles
    http://www.littleriverukuleles.com/

    Loprinzi
    http://www.augustinoloprinzi.com/

    Lottonen
    http://lottonen.com/laulu-ukuleles/

    Lymana
    http://www.lymanaukulele.com/index.html

    Magic Fluke
    http://www.magicfluke.com/

    Mainland
    http://www.mainlandukuleles.com/

    Marcello Silva
    http://luthiermarcelosilva.blogspot.com/

    Mark Roberts
    https://www.roberts-guitars.com/

    Martin
    https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/ukulele/

    Maton
    https://maton.com.au/product/maton-ukuleles

    Mele Ukulele
    http://meleukulele.com/

    MP Ukulele - Thanks to warndt
    https://www.mpukulele.com/

    Moore Bettah Ukuleles
    http://www.moorebettahukes.com/

    Nakulu Ukuleles
    http://nakuluukulele.com/

    North Pacific
    http://www.northpacificproductions.com/ukuleles.html

    Oceana Ukuleles
    http://www.oceanaukuleles.com

    Ohana
    https://ohana-music.com/

    Oiwi Ukulele
    http://www.oiwiukulele.com/

    Ono Ukulele
    http://www.onoukes.com/

    OulCraft
    http://www.oulcraft.com/

    Palm Tree Ukuleles
    http://www.palmtreeukuleles.com/

    Pegasus
    http://www.pegasusguitars.com/

    Pepe Romero
    http://luthier.peperomero.com/

    Pete Howlett
    http://petehowlettukulele.co.uk/

    Petros
    http://petrosguitars.com/the-ukulele/

    Pohaku Ukulele - Thanks to wildfire070
    http://www.pohakuukulele.com/

    Red Sands Ukuleles
    http://www.redsandsukuleles.com/index.html

    RNS
    http://www.rnsguitarsandukuleles.com.au/index.html

    Rick Turner Guitars - Compass Rose
    http://rickturnerguitars.com/ukuleles

    Road Toad Music
    http://www.roadtoadmusic.com/main.html

    Rob Collins
    http://tinguitar.com

    Sailor Brand
    http://www.sailoruke.com/

    Sexauer
    http://www.mojoluthier.com/

    Scheurenbrand
    http://www.koaguitars.com/index.html

    Skipper
    http://www.skipperstrings.com/

    Sonny D Ukuleles
    http://sonnyd-ukuleles.com/

    Southcoast
    http://www.southcoastukes.com/

    Stansell
    http://www.stansellguitars.com/

    Stuart Longridge
    http://www.stuartlongridge.co.uk/Welcome.html

    Thomas Rodriguez
    https://rodriguezukuleles.wordpress.com/

    Tony Graziano
    http://www.grazianoukuleles.com/

    Vento Music
    http://koaguitars.wixsite.com/ventomusichawaii

    Waverly Street Ukuleles
    http://www.wsukes.com/

    Wise Ukulele
    http://www.wiseukulele.com/

    Woodley White
    http://whiteguitars.com/ukulele-puuwai/

    Zimnicki
    http://www.zimnicki.com/instruments/ukelele/
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    I know you're going to be asked to define "affordable", so I might as well ask now. Under $1000?

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    Dave Talsma
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    Pohaku Ukuleles by Peter Hurney
    Super Tenor
    Kinnard Kimo Hussey Torrified Spruce/Master Grade Koa

    Tenor
    Mya-Moe #1976 Master Grade Koa Classic

    Concert
    Kamaka Tiki Gold Label || Pohaku Koa/Maple Concert 10

    Long Neck Soprano
    Asturias Spruce/Rosewood || Gerard Guasch #14 Mahogany Pineapple

    Soprano
    Romero Creations XS Soprano Spruce/Koa

    Sopranino
    Koaloha Noah

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    "Custom" might also be open to interpretation but some other suggestions might include Spruce House, Hinkle Ukulele, Blue Star Guitar, and Cocobolo Ukuleles

    ETA - also Southern Cross Ukuleles
    Last edited by Jim Hanks; 09-09-2017 at 06:38 PM.
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    One to consider would be Joel Eckhaus of Earnest Instruments, who is a one-man shop, and also was a student of Roy Smeck. His most popular uke seems to be the 'Strad uke' and was also famously played often on stage by the late, great John King.

    see: http://www.earnestinstruments.com/
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    Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

    Thanks Booli
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    I had a reasonably priced ($700) custom mini bass made by Blue Star Guitar in Michigan. I've also used Ballona Creek Lutherie in Culver City, California for repair work and I've seen a couple of his ukes that are not more than $1000 that were beauties, he prides himself on doing clean work, but I ran into him the other day and he said he's been focussing more on carpentry and furniture work lately.


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