Luthiers & Builders: Michigan, USA

There are a lot of great luthiers and builders across the USA. Here are the ones LearningUkulele.com has come across in the Michigan.

Blue Star Guitar Co.



Listing Info

from the Blue Star Guitar Co. web site

Allen Woody and Bruce Herron co-designed the original Konablaster electric soprano ukulele using these scientific means: The body is a tracing of a canned ham, and the peghead is shaped like a Pineapple! Hawaiian fare at its best! The scale is 14" and is tuned either high G (re-entrant) tuning, or drop G.

One single coil pickup and one volume - simplicity at its finest. The original bridge was the now infamous 30-06 shell casing. This is not intonatable and thus slightly dissonant - just like Woody thought it should be. As ukuleles generally go strapless, we covered the sides and back with Ozite amplifier carpet for Non-slip Comfort. Deluxe models can come with a thru-body bridge with adjustable saddles for spot-on intonation. Std. models still use the empty shell casing - should damage occur, you can still find a replacement shell anywhere in the world! And it's just Kool!

More information available on the Blue Star Guitar Co.'s web site.

Even more information, discussion and comments on this listing below.

Dave's Ukes



Listing Info

from the Dave's Ukes web site

Having a life long love of music and instruments and over 50 yrs of wood working experience I have moved my focus into Ukulele construction. After retiring from the building trades and being involved with the Lansing Area Ukulele Group (LAUGH) I was inspired to begin building ukuleles.

At first I felt an apprenticeship was in order so I started making ukuleles for friends and family, learning as I went. I studied books, the internet and best of all had dialog with other luthiers. I feel I learn from everyone I talk to and every instrument I examine. This learning will never end.

Pleasing to the eye is second only to pleasing to the ear. The foremost aim is to make the best sounding instrument possible and from the beginning the results have been pleasing. Making beautiful looking instruments is also important. A variety of woods are used, from the traditional Mahogany and Koa to uniquely figured Maple, Katalox, Granadillo, Bocote, Teak, Wenge, Cocobolo and Redwood. I am always on the lookout for unique and beautiful woods to match into distinctive patterns.

More information available on the Dave's Ukes's web site.

Even more information, discussion and comments on this listing below.

Talsma String Instruments



Listing Info

from the Talsma String Instruments web site

Custom Handmade Ukuleles & Guitars, built to your liking using the woods, finishes and appointments you choose. Each Talsma instrument features perfect details and wonderful sound. Please take some time to explore my website and all of the ukuleles and guitars that I’ve created. I look forward to making your custom Talsma!

More information available on the Talsma String Instruments's web site.

Even more information, discussion and comments on this listing below.

Site Access Plans for LearningUkulele.com

Forever Access - With Forever Premium Access, you get ALL the benefits of a Premium Access Subscription such as Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources, related assets, and ALL books by Curt as FREE downloads. Pretty much everything on the site, and NEVER worry about a subscription or surprise payment again. And jump the queue for responding to any questions.

If you're anything like me (Curt) and getting Subscription overloaded with everything and everybody on-line wanting money from you once a month — I'm with you. For like-minded individuals, this forever plan is a pay once, and you're done.

The price for Unlimited Forever access is right around the cost of a few months of private lessons. I can guarantee there is more than enough material on-line to keep you busy for a long, long time. And, you get all of my books for FREE. That alone is more than the cost of this plan.

Premium Access - This premium gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads.

Basic Access - A limited selection of basic lessons — ( currently over 140 ) and 100+ songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — Completely FREE — Simply Register/Signup. HOWEVER - I've been doing ukulele and LearningUkulele.com since 2003 and probably have given too much away already - as reflected in my income from the site in relationship to the time spent on the site. So help support this site and its continued development by signing up for one of the below Premium Access Plans or buy a few of my books. - Thanks, Curt

NOTE: Each higher access level includes ALL the benefits of the lower levels. Private Lessons include all the benefits of a Premium Access Plans as long as you remain a student on the schedule.

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 bestGlen 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

Want to drop LearningUkulele.com & Learning Ukulele with Curt a nice comment . We always like to know how we are and you are doing. We'll post any comment, quotes throughout the site and you can help spread the word .

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

curtieAnim.gif rw.vg.gif

Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II. 35 years ago. Man, does time fly.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, Luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often. I really do need to get out more ;-)