Ukulele Manufactures, Builders and Luthiers Around the World
This is the golden age of quality ukuleles. There are more that ever available.
Each day of 2018 there’s a new chord you can learn and add to your chord vocabulary. First time here? Start with the January 1st chord.
There is also a series of lessons I ran 2013 called Chord a Week, “Open Position Chords” Series . This series explores several open position chords and their movable versions.
Production Ukulele Manufactures
Manufactures building a lot of ukuleles and are available in a wider range of retail outlets than custom builders.
A lot of major guitar manufacture like Fender, Ibanez and Epiphone are getting in to the ukulele business.
The question now is “Who isn’t building ukuleles.”
My Personal `UKulele Recommendations
These are from entry level ukuleles great for beginners exploring the ukulele for the first time to seasoned pros wanting the best ukulele possible.
For a higher-end ukulele start and end with Ko’olau. I personally have two Ko'olau CS Contemporary Tenors - Nombro Unu and its backup / in-training. Both are strung with low a low G. Checkout my gear page for all my current gigging equipment.
RECOMMENDATION for Listings: You might want to, at a minimum list what country and town you operate out of on your web site. I am totally surprised at the number of people on the web that are selling something that do not list where they are doing business from.
Ukuleles come in all shapes and sizes and even banjo, bass, electric and resonator styles. You can even make your own out of a Tupperware bowl or tin can.
Additional Manufactures List
A great resource for past and present ukulele manufactures is the Tiki King's Big Ukulele List . Over 680 brand names listed, with whatever information Tiki King can collect.
Tiki King also has great ukulele shop in Felton, CA, naturally called Ukuleles of Felton .
Ukulele Like Instruments
The cavaquinho (pron. /kɐ.vɐ.'ki.ɲu/ in European Portuguese and /ka.va.'ki.ɲu/ in Brazilian Portuguese) is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wires or gut strings. It is also called machimbo, machim, machete (in the Portuguese Atlantic islands and Brazil), manchete or marchete, braguinha or braguinho, and cavaco. Its standard tuning is D-G-B-D
The Hawaiian islands have an instrument similar to the cavaquinho called the ukulele, which is thought to be a development of the cavaquinho, brought to the island by Portuguese immigrants. The Hawaiian ukulele has four strings and a similar shape to the cavaquinho, which was introduced into Hawaii by Augusto Dias, Manuel Nunes, and João Fernandes in 1879.
- Cavaquinho Artists
- Cavaquinho "Cavaquinho" link, Júlio Pereira
- Cavaquinho Ukulele link
Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee
Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys
Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg
I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland
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