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    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
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    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.
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    scott wise is about 45 mintues from where i live, this i gotta check out thanks
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    Maton Ukuleles are very nice.
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    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!
    Last edited by Gaby; 10-30-2009 at 01:59 PM.

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    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.

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    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

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    I highly recommend Allen McFarlen http://www.brguitars.com/ in Cairns. His ukes are just wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Turner View Post
    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.
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