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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.
To hear the tone of an ALL KOA tenor uke, click ” HERE ”
To see video of redwood top ukulele being played, click ” HERE ”
UKULELE PRICES (not including standard, custom, or deluxe case):
Soprano or concert ukulele $3700.
Tenor ukulele $4400
Baritone ukulele $4700
Tenor Freehand Model $4700
Baritone Freehand Model $5000
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.
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.
Performed by Kalei Gamiao from Hawaii Music Supply