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AlohaKine
09-09-2017, 03:57 PM
This post is dead, new post and link;

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?130498-World-Wide-Uke-Builders-List

Gary52
09-09-2017, 04:15 PM
Covered Bridge.
https://www.facebook.com/Covered-Bridge-Ukuleles-194736710602006/

lfoo6952
09-09-2017, 04:18 PM
I know you're going to be asked to define "affordable", so I might as well ask now. Under $1000?

stevepetergal
09-09-2017, 04:21 PM
Dave Talsma

RafterGirl
09-09-2017, 05:17 PM
Bonanza

http://www.bonanzaukuleles.com

wildfire070
09-09-2017, 05:21 PM
Pohaku Ukuleles (http://www.pohakuukulele.com) by Peter Hurney

Jim Hanks
09-09-2017, 05:36 PM
"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

Booli
09-09-2017, 06:37 PM
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/

AlohaKine
09-09-2017, 06:50 PM
Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

Thanks Booli

kohanmike
09-09-2017, 09:54 PM
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.

AlohaKine
09-10-2017, 12:52 PM
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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Nickie
09-10-2017, 03:12 PM
Did you know that Sailor Ukuleles is a LoPrinzi brand, built exclusively for Uke Republic?

Jim Hanks
09-10-2017, 04:02 PM
Did you know that Sailor Ukuleles is a LoPrinzi brand, built exclusively for Uke Republic?
Certainly associated with Loprinzi, but I think they meet the parameters of this thread. They will "make to order" within certain parameters at least. I once approached them (with Mike at Uke Republic as go-between as you state) about a super soprano with some "custom" features and almost made the commission but ended up doing the Cocobolo super concert instead.

stevejfc
09-11-2017, 09:34 AM
I highly recommend goatrockukulele.com . Michael Smith Goat Rock owner/luthier builds some spectacular custom ukes in his one man shop in Graton, California.

AlohaKine
09-11-2017, 10:11 AM
Did you know that Sailor Ukuleles is a LoPrinzi brand, built exclusively for Uke Republic?

Ahh ok...




Certainly associated with Loprinzi, but I think they meet the parameters of this thread. They will "make to order" within certain parameters at least. I once approached them (with Mike at Uke Republic as go-between as you state) about a super soprano with some "custom" features and almost made the commission but ended up doing the Cocobolo super concert instead.

Hmm, so what's the consensus here, should I leave them?

Thanks guys...



I highly recommend goatrockukulele.com . Michael Smith Goat Rock owner/luthier builds some spectacular custom ukes in his one man shop in Graton, California.

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stevejfc
09-11-2017, 10:40 AM
Ahh ok...





Hmm, so what's the consensus here, should I leave them?

Thanks guys...




I saw them before, but those don't look like affordable Ukes, what kind of price range are we talking?

Depending on the uke, $1100 plus range. Shoot Michael an email or call him.

AlohaKine
09-11-2017, 11:58 AM
Ok thanks, I'll leave them up...

70sSanO
09-11-2017, 09:24 PM
There is a segment of people out there who would be considered luthiers, but not necessarily by trade. Since this is an activity driven by their passion and not by their mortgage, the instruments are generally more affordable. An example of this is SIMSCal. But you may not get your wish of ukulele only.

The earlier question about the definition of custom is valid as some builders will build to whatever a customer wants and some are more semi-custom where they will offer different woods and some variation in design, but may be less likely to go full custom with all the bells and whistles that a customer might want. I would think affordable is conducive to semi-custom.

John

mountain goat
09-12-2017, 04:03 AM
Black Bear Ukuleles.
Duane Heilman.
Yakima, WA

KanePono
09-12-2017, 05:26 AM
Griffin Ukulele
Bellingham, WA
http://www.griffinukuleles.com/

AlohaKine
09-12-2017, 04:50 PM
There is a segment of people out there who would be considered luthiers, but not necessarily by trade. Since this is an activity driven by their passion and not by their mortgage, the instruments are generally more affordable. An example of this is SIMSCal. But you may not get your wish of ukulele only.

The earlier question about the definition of custom is valid as some builders will build to whatever a customer wants and some are more semi-custom where they will offer different woods and some variation in design, but may be less likely to go full custom with all the bells and whistles that a customer might want. I would think affordable is conducive to semi-custom.

John


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Black Bear Ukuleles.
Duane Heilman.
Yakima, WA

Thanks...



Griffin Ukulele
Bellingham, WA
http://www.griffinukuleles.com/


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70sSanO
09-12-2017, 06:17 PM
Small time is great, as long as they're Ukulele only builders we can add to this list.

I do not understand your infatuation with ukulele only builders, especially when the luthier is someone who is not in the business, but doing it for their own enjoyment and pride in workmanship after work, weekends, or whenever.

I have 2 tenor ukuleles from Hawaii made by someone who just loves to make them. He is not a custom builder as he builds what he likes. I got the first one 10 years ago. I don't know if he is still making any longer, but he used to take a month to build one.

There is a retired tile setter in the San Diego area that has been making ukuleles for years out of his garage, pretty reasonable for solid wood. Has some standard designs, but will modify and use whatever wood a customer wants. But alas, he has made other stringed instruments over the years so I guess his experience making hundreds of ukuleles still does not make him suitable.

I don't particularly care if you do, but you can check out the pictures of my Flamin' Uke in my profile. First ukulele John made; he has made a number of guitars. He is a SIMSCal member, but he has a day job and it is not as a luthier. I paid more than your $1000 threshold but not even close to what an established for profit ukulele luthier would charge.

While I can't support the claim, I imagine you would probably be hard pressed to find any ukulele luthier who has never made any other stringed instrument at any point in his or her life.

John

AlohaKine
09-13-2017, 12:00 PM
Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

warndt
09-13-2017, 12:16 PM
Mike Pereira of MP Ukulele
https://www.mpukulele.com/

AlohaKine
09-13-2017, 12:23 PM
Mike Pereira of MP Ukulele
https://www.mpukulele.com/

List updated, thanks...

southcoastukes
09-13-2017, 12:55 PM
70sSanO it's not about any infatuation, and being in the business or not isn't a problem, it's simply a list of people who only make ukuleles, that's all...

Infatuation? Strange Obsession? What you may want to think about is how useful your list will be. It's your list of course, but if your purpose in putting it together is to help folks out, just be aware that that sort of limitation is not very useful. Not as bad as, for example making a list of folks that only build Ukuleles with, let's say oval sound holes, but think about it.

But if you're going to stick with it, then you'll need to take Dave Talsma & Loprinzi off your list. They also make guitars.

AlohaKine
09-13-2017, 01:25 PM
Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

mountain goat
09-13-2017, 05:37 PM
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders

warndt
09-13-2017, 06:35 PM
Good job Mountain Goat. I was too lazy.

AlohaKine
09-13-2017, 08:41 PM
Good job Mountain Goat. I was too lazy.

No worries... :shaka:



http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders

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Ukulele Eddie
09-14-2017, 07:33 AM
I've owned and am a fan of both LoPrinzi and MP. LoPrinzi is a production shop, not really a custom shop. They also do guitars, if you're sticking with your original requirement of only ukes, as does MP. It's your list, but not sure it would matter if somebody made guitars as well.

AlohaKine
09-14-2017, 03:26 PM
I've owned and am a fan of both LoPrinzi and MP. LoPrinzi is a production shop, not really a custom shop. They also do guitars, if you're sticking with your original requirement of only ukes, as does MP. It's your list, but not sure it would matter if somebody made guitars as well.

Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders...

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70sSanO
09-16-2017, 08:29 AM
Fred Shields Ukulele's

La Mesa, Ca

https://m.facebook.com/Fred-Shields-Ukuleles-180995551945357/

John

AlohaKine
09-16-2017, 08:02 PM
Fred Shields Ukulele's

La Mesa, Ca

https://m.facebook.com/Fred-Shields-Ukuleles-180995551945357/

John


Thanks 70sSanO :)

DanY
09-16-2017, 09:01 PM
This list is helpful, thanks AlohaKine!

AlohaKine
09-17-2017, 11:17 AM
This list is helpful, thanks AlohaKine!

I'm trying... :)

It would be nice if one of the Mods would sticky it.

THANKS!

Nickie
09-17-2017, 12:34 PM
I've owned and am a fan of both LoPrinzi and MP. LoPrinzi is a production shop, not really a custom shop. They also do guitars, if you're sticking with your original requirement of only ukes, as does MP. It's your list, but not sure it would matter if somebody made guitars as well.

Uh, Donna does do custom orders, although they may not be common. Several TBUS members have one-off ukes from her. I know of at least 3 of them that are truly one of a kind, right here in town. She has told me she will build whatever I want.

Ukulele Eddie
09-18-2017, 08:37 AM
Uh, Donna does do custom orders, although they may not be common. Several TBUS members have one-off ukes from her. I know of at least 3 of them that are truly one of a kind, right here in town. She has told me she will build whatever I want.

Understood, but they are very rare and she doesn't indicate on her website that she even does customs. I'm a fan of her work, but her focus is not on customs.

AlohaKine
09-18-2017, 08:40 PM
I don't see the need to make this xenophobic list a sticky on UU. It excludes far too many ukulele makers to be seen as useful for a serious ukulele collector or player. The author only joined UU in September 2017, a major failing of the list is the exclusion of a lot of UU members who have been members for many years before September 2017 and who have contributed a lot UU and who make excellent musical instruments. It also excludes some great makers who work in Europe, Asia, and Australasia.
While some of the long term members who have been excluded by silly rules may be offended by the exclusion, I don't have a problem with the thread, it is something many collectors do. Make a list of nearby makers, and find one to order your new uke from. A good take away for all UU members is to have a go at identifying all your local makers, where ever you live. Many will only be found by word of mouth and wont really want to see their name in lights on a board like UU, they will have plenty of work and wont need a newbie annoying them with questions unless there is a serious intent to buy.
However, the step of providing free advertising to such a confined exclusive group as a sticky on UU is really something that does not do a lot for the international membership of UU when they are looking for a maker. A maker sticky on UU needs to have much wider rules so that all members, can see a wide range of options when they are looking for a custom uke. It is not hard for UU members to narrow down the list themselves, most really don't need to be told how to look at a list of makers and work out which ones work in the USA.
And for the makers who are UU members, if you feel left out, do something (positive) about it. If other UU members don't seem to realise that you exist when they are buying a new ukulele, UU has some rules which help out and allow some commercial activities to help you become better known if you want to be. You can't expect to hide in the luthiers lounge and connect with potential buyers if you want to sell product. Of course many UU member makers are not into hyped up sales and marketing plans, they just join to get some knowledge and encouragement, which is fine, they probably would not want to be on a list like the one in the OP. However, if you do want to be on such a list, whether it is posted or just made at home by a potential customer, you really do need to have a sales and marketing plan which targets the market that is following the OP. You wont sell anything by hoping someone is going to find you by ESP. Selling is not easy, it requires active work and planning, if you want to sell you need to do the work and planning.


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hawaii 50
09-18-2017, 09:45 PM
Alohakine,

What you don't see is what Bill not only alluded to, but pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Unknowingly, hopefully, you've been very successful at creating a post that excludes most, if not ALL, of the builders who participate on this forum.

If I were to describe this thread in one word, resoundingly, its "exclusion".



I agree with you Aaron...this is a strange thread IMO...the threads that were written up years ago were builders that UU members knew first hand...buy ordering ukes or playing them..
and many of the builders requested that they be included on the original thread.....so they did visit the UU a few times if not more
what we are getting now are folks who are surfing the internet and adding builders to the thread.....I doubt if anyone owns many of the ukes and have a clue about build quality and tone/sound....so all guess work....:)

but this is the new UU...and the world changes.....:)..:)

my 2 cents


wow this from 2009...
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders

AlohaKine
09-19-2017, 11:42 AM
Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders... :)

hawaii 50
09-19-2017, 05:07 PM
This list is strange since there already is one that was stated a while back...why not ask the Moderators to add new builders to the original post...makes no sense to start another thread with the same builders repeated on it.....but maybe this just me...

again the original list has many builders that are UU members and the builders were recommended by members who played/saw the builders work....not just surfing the internet then adding to your list....

add the builders to this list
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?12834-A-Partial-List-of-Custom-Builders
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?16211-808-Builders

tenor madness
09-19-2017, 05:24 PM
Spruce House is/was in Oregon (Al McWhorter). A couple of other very small builders are Ebi Ukuleles and Juniper Ukuleles, though I have only seen photos of their work and not played any of their instruments ( output to date probably low to mid 30's)

hawaii 50
09-19-2017, 05:25 PM
AlohaKine

maybe you should make yourself available as a Moderator..that way you can update threads and monitor the site......seems like you have the time and represent the newer UU members.....:)

AlohaKine
09-19-2017, 06:47 PM
UPDATE!

Original post has been changed to include any and all good builders... :)

Rob Uker
09-20-2017, 05:53 AM
Is Mya-Moe still around?

Jim Hanks
09-20-2017, 02:58 PM
Is Mya-Moe still around?
Yes, but winding down, and their build schedule is full.

AlohaKine
12-04-2017, 03:18 PM
Still keeping it alive! :shaka:

RafterGirl
12-04-2017, 03:42 PM
Very helpful thread. Should be a sticky?

kkimura
12-04-2017, 04:26 PM
How about Snowshoe Ukulele in Chicopee Ma?

https://www.snowshoeuke.com/

AlohaKine
12-04-2017, 04:53 PM
How about Snowshoe Ukulele in Chicopee Ma?

https://www.snowshoeuke.com/


These look like some nice Ukes, thanks for sharing kkimura

kkimura
12-05-2017, 02:24 AM
These look like some nice Ukes, thanks for sharing kkimura

No problem Alohakine, just trying to help with your list. And thanks for giving me credit for the listing but no need. I saw them at one the ukulele events in NH a few years a go and thought I'd mention them to you.

AlohaKine
12-05-2017, 12:00 PM
Very helpful thread. Should be a sticky?


It's been sticked... :)



No problem Alohakine, just trying to help with your list. And thanks for giving me credit for the listing but no need. I saw them at one the ukulele events in NH a few years a go and thought I'd mention them to you.

Oh I'm sure all the Uke addicts would love to see the list grow, me too... :shaka:

Peace Train
12-05-2017, 03:53 PM
Where’s Ken Timms on the list?

Or Southern Cross out of New Zealand?

Nickie
12-06-2017, 04:06 AM
Alohakine, how about Duke Banjoukes of New Zealand?

http://www.dukeuke.com/

AlohaKine
12-06-2017, 11:43 AM
Where’s Ken Timms on the list?

Or Southern Cross out of New Zealand?

Ahh thanks for reminding me about Mr. Timms. :)

Do you have an address for Southern Cross?




Alohakine, how about Duke Banjoukes of New Zealand?

http://www.dukeuke.com/

Thanks

Peace Train
12-06-2017, 05:53 PM
Southern Cross -
dpophotography@yahoo.co.nz

Kevin Mason - Mason Guitars & Ukuleles

Michael Keller - http://www.kellerguitars.com/

warndt
12-06-2017, 07:55 PM
(Tim) Laughlin Ukulele - USA

http://www.laughlinukulele.com/comingsoon.index.html

AlohaKine
12-07-2017, 01:14 PM
Southern Cross -
dpophotography@yahoo.co.nz

Kevin Mason - Mason Guitars & Ukuleles

Michael Keller - http://www.kellerguitars.com/


There's no websites at all or places Southern Cross sells at, like Ebay, so I can post a link online?

Thanks




(Tim) Laughlin Ukulele - USA

http://www.laughlinukulele.com/comingsoon.index.html



Thanks