Grimes Tenor Ukulele


Although guitars have been the focus of my work since the early seventies, mandolins and ukuleles have always had a special place in my heart. I played mandolin and fiddle in  a bluegrass band and fell in love with small string instruments.  The first 40 instruments that I made were mandolins, and I made soprano and tenor ukuleles in the first few years.  Not so well known is the fact that I still make concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles.

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To hear the tone of an ALL KOA tenor uke, click " HERE "

To see video of redwood top ukulele being played, click " HERE "




Grimes Concert Ukulele Curly koa top, sides and back
Grimes Concert Ukulele Curly walnut top sides and back
Grimes Concert Ukulele Curly Big Leaf maple sides and back, with maple, Sitka, Engelmann or Cedar top
Grimes Concert Ukulele Indian Rosewood sides and back , with Sitka, Engelmann or Cedar top
Grimes Concert Ukulele Graduated and tuned soundboard
Grimes Concert Ukulele Milo sides and back, with Milo, Sitka, Engelmann or Cedar top
Grimes Concert Ukulele Honduras mahogany sides and back, with Honduras, Sitka, Engelmann or Cedar top
Grimes Concert Ukulele Curly Koa, rosewood, or curly maple bindings with 5-ply wood purflings (top and back)
Grimes Concert Ukulele Wood binding on fingerboard
Grimes Concert Ukulele Binding + 5-ply purfling on peghead
Grimes Concert Ukulele Rope purflings
Grimes Concert Ukulele Ebony or Brazilian rosewood tie bridge, pin bridge, or pinless bridge
Grimes Concert Ukulele High gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, or satin finish
Grimes Concert Ukulele High gloss or satin finish on neck
Grimes Concert Ukulele Custom neck dimensions
Grimes Concert Ukulele Flat, or custom radius fingerboard
Grimes Concert Ukulele Gabon or Macassar ebony fingerboard
Grimes Concert Ukulele 17” or 19” scale fingerboard
Grimes Concert Ukulele Gotoh “UK700” tuners, or Wavery tuners
Grimes Concert Ukulele “Grimes” logo, or “Leaf G” logo
Grimes Concert Ukulele Ebony, Brazilian rosewood, or rosewood burl peghead veneer
Grimes Concert Ukulele Inlaid tail strip
Grimes Concert Ukulele One piece Honduras mahogany neck
Grimes Concert Ukulele Bone nut
Grimes Concert Ukulele Wood rosette with wood purfling
Grimes Concert Ukulele Pocketed saddle slot
Grimes Concert Ukulele Saddle intonated for customer’s string choice


Base price for Soprano or concert ukulele $3500.
Base price for tenor or baritone ukulele $4000



2016, Jake Shimabukuro New UkE
Jake Shimabukuro and his new uke, July 2016.

Grimes Concert Ukulele

Grimes Concert Ukulele

Ziricote back and sides, redwood top.
(click on image to enlarge)

Grimes Concert Ukulele




Ordering &
Lead Time :


European spruce or Carpathian spruce soundboard $100
Sinker redwood soundboard $150
Figured redwood soundboard $150
Ziricote sides and back $400
Quilted Big Leaf maple sides and back $200 (with top $300)
Curly European maple sides and back $200
Cocobolo sides and back $200
Master grade 5A curly koa top, sides and back $400
Curly Sapele mahogany sides and back $200 (with top $300)
Brazilian Kingwood sides and back $400
Brazilian Rosewood sides and back * $500 - $3000
Limba sides and back $100
Gabon ebony sides and back $300
Macassar ebony sides and back $300
Amazon rosewood sides and back $200
Milo (Indian tulipwood) sides and back $100
Madagascar rosewood sides and back $300
Curly Cuban mahogany sides and back $300
Bloodwood or ebony binding $100
Six string (Lili’u) model $300
Arm rest bevel $500
Cutaway (Venetian) $300
Side port (bound) $150
Slotted peghead $250
Rodgers tuners $550
Shertler, Rubner tuners $100
Custom fret wire $50
Oval rosette (rope) $150
Double soundhole $300
Custom sunburst entire uke $400 (top only $150)
Pickup/electronics inquire
Case options inquire

Please feel free to email or call to discuss any custom options, inlay, etc that you may need.
I may also be able to provide valuable information on the effect of various woods on tone.

My lead time for a custom ukulele is approximately 10-12 months. A non refundable deposit of 20% is requested to initiate the order. Upon completion, the balance, plus any local taxes and freight, is due before shipping. A refund – less the original deposit - may be requested within a one month period provided the instrument is in new condition. Refunds will be made within 30 days of receipt of the instrument. Customer pays all shipping charges. For more information on ordering , please see the “Prices, Options and Ordering” page.

These instruments are constructed using the finest tonewoods, with the highly figured top, sides and back being cut from the same board. This gives a perfect visual and tonal match. The woods have been in my shop for at least 10 years. I prefer the appearance and tonal quality of wood binding and purfling, but ivoroid is available upon request.

Scale lengths, nut widths, neck sizes, etc are standard, but customizable. Please inquire.

For an explanation of the double hole soundboard design, click here.

To see my "Soon To Be Available Ukuleles" please click here.

Luthiers for a Cause

Six of the world's most distinguished instrument builders have come together to showcase their unique building approaches and to make a lasting difference in the lives of sick children. Each luthier will build a tenor ukulele out of wood sourced from two trees that are legendary among acoustic guitar and ukulele enthusiasts. All of the proceeds from the sale of the instruments will go to benefit The Ukulele Kids club, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to harness the healing power of music by sending hospitalized children home with the gift of music for life.

The instruments will be displayed at The Ukulele Guild of Hawaii show in November 17-19 (Oahu). Also in November, Hawaii Music Supply (The Ukulele Site and The Ukulele Review) will do a podcast with several musicians playing and discussing the unique aesthetic and tonal aspects of each instrument. Participating Luthiers Steve Grimes John Kinnard Jay Lichty Jake Maclay (Hive Ukuleles) Beau Hannam Joji Yoshida.

Grimes Custom Ukulele


Grimes Brazilian Rosewood Spruce Top Tenor from Hawaii Music Supply on Vimeo.

Performed by Kalei Gamiao.



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