View Full Version : australian Luthiers/uke builders

10-28-2009, 06:22 PM
hey does anyone know any good ukulele builders in australia, ive seen a few, most wont touch any other wood other then australian timber which in my opion is ok if its a guitar but not a ukulele

10-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Scott Wise is probably the best, he works with blackwood which exactly like koa. His ukes are among the lightest and most responsive I have heard. And they look fabulous. He has a website and he is in WA.
cheers fergs

Ahnko Honu
10-28-2009, 08:20 PM
Check this thread: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17489&highlight=grappler

10-28-2009, 08:24 PM
scott wise is about 45 mintues from where i live, this i gotta check out thanks

10-28-2009, 08:56 PM
Maton Ukuleles are very nice.

10-29-2009, 02:54 AM
Hey Pippin, unfortunately, Maton does not currently make any ukuleles and does not intend to do so in the future; they can barely keep up with demand for their guitars at the moment.

There was a luthier's conference in WA a few months ago (Playmakers as part of the Perth Festival) and I would keep an eye out for another one of those as many ukulele builders showed off their ukes there. There are quite a few builders in Australia and many use whatever wood you like. Many Australians simply like to get a uke built by an Australian with Australian timbers.

Don't discount Australian timbers; we have some beautiful wood here!

10-29-2009, 04:02 AM
Scott Wise makes superb ukes.

I have a Scott Wise concert and I absolutely love it! If you want to get some idea what they sound like, do a youtube search on 'Scott Wise ukulele' and you will find a couple of videos I have posted playing mine.

Another Australian luthier who makes great ukes is Jim Williams.

09-23-2011, 03:42 PM
Maton has a new concert uke coming out late September... Just put a deposit down on one. More models coming out next year. Cost is $599

Rick Turner
09-23-2011, 03:48 PM
I highly recommend Allen McFarlen http://www.brguitars.com/ in Cairns. His ukes are just wonderful.

09-23-2011, 05:20 PM
I highly recommend Allen McFarlen http://www.brguitars.com/ in Cairns. His ukes are just wonderful.

I don't personally know Allen, but he is an active member and contributor to the UU community. Check him out in the Luthiers Lounge, he is a very knowledgeable builder and seems to be an all-around good guy.

09-23-2011, 06:03 PM
I highly recommend Allen McFarlen http://www.brguitars.com/ in Cairns. His ukes are just wonderful.
:agree: Seen some great looking ukes from Allen. Has a good rep overall and participates here a lot. Gotta give him extra credit for that IMHO . Scott and Jim Williams also seem to have a good reputation however I haven't
Heard their instruments yet. Will do the you tube thing I guess :)

09-24-2011, 11:42 AM
Well, one of the best luthiers I have seen is Isaac Ware.

Isaac has restored both my Gretch ukes and has done all my maintance over a number of years.

You can see some of his work on his facebook page


I have seen two tenors that he has made and they are yummy!

09-30-2011, 04:08 AM
Maton is now manufacturing ukuleles. Music City Cairns is getting the first batch and is eagerly awaiting them. I will post once they come in.

09-30-2011, 06:58 AM
To the comment about local timber not being good for ukes, Seems like Blackwood would be an awesome for back and sides. I assume spruce is available for a top wood. I'm a Koa a bigot so if that is what you are after, that I understand ;)

09-30-2011, 11:00 AM
As I've been mentioned in this thread by others I'll chime in. Thanks Rick, Jake and Tack.

I build in a variety of woods. Some Australian, some not. I've got a very large inventory on hand. Most of my work now are custom builds where you get the choice. If I don't have it in stock, then it's usually not that difficult to source if you know who to ask.