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Luthiers & Builders: North Carolina, USA

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

EJ Henderson Guitars and Ukuleles



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from the EJ Henderson Guitars and Ukuleles web site

I began making instruments with my dad as a means to pay off my law school loans and ended up loving it so much I decided to put a pin in me endeavors to pursue a career in environmental law and instead learn all I can from my dad in order to preserve and carry on his incredible trade. I had no idea I would enjoy making instruments for people as much as I do, but since it has become such an exciting pastime I have decided to try my hand at being a luthier. Nestled here in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, I am surround by incredibly talented musicians and instrument builders, the most talented of which being my dad, Wayne Henderson.

I make acoustic guitars and ukuleles, specializing in smaller body guitars and soprano, concert, tenor, bass, and baritone ukuleles. I am hoping to change the idea that endangered exotic woods are the only appropriate materials for a great acoustic instrument so I prefer to use local, sustainable woods such as maple, oak, ash, cherry and walnut. For tops I prefer to use Eastern European (Carpathian) spruce rather than Red spruce due to the thoughtful manner in which it is harvested and its proven track record of producing incredible soundboards for guitars and ukuleles.

Most of my instruments follow pre-war Martin patterns and forms, and are made almost completely by hand, only using basic shop machines and hand tools. Each neck is unique and shaped by hand, custom mother-of pearl inlay is sawed with a jeweler’s saw and hand inlaid, metal or wood inlay is also provided as an option.

More information available on the EJ Henderson Guitars and Ukuleles's web site.

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Jay Lichty



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from the Jay Lichty web site

Handcrafted ukuleles and guitars built by NC luthier, Jay Lichty. Jay crafts with both domestic and exotic woods including Sycamore, Beech, Walnut, Brazilian Rosewood, Bubinga, and many others. Though he occasionally has ukuleles in stock, most instruments are custom-built and designed to meet the specific wants and needs of each client. Lichty Ukuleles are designed to look as stunning as they sound. Here is what one thrilled customer had to say: “Having an instrument you love to hold, to look at, to feel and to play inspires great music and extreme fun. My custom ukulele is a dream on all fronts.” K. Gillespie.

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Celentano Woodworks



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from the Celentano Woodworks web site

What would your custom instrument look like? If you can dream it,lets build it. Whats your favorite Food, Animal, Object? The possibility’s are endless when it comes to instrument building. Now your instrument can be as personal as the music you play. 100% handcrafted in N.C. What Would Your Dream Instrument Look Like? All designs can be made into a ukulele , guitar , bass , mandolin ,and more. All designs are custom made to order.Each instrument is hand made from start to finish just for you and can be designed to meet the needs of your budget.

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Widman Custom Electrics



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from the Widman Custom Electrics web site

At Widman Custom Electrics’ we approach our passion with a simple quest, to make the best sounding instrument we can. To do this takes experimentation, time, reflection, understanding, and a commitment to work through the process. Locating fine woods is just one aspect of the job. Technical skills are developed every day. Artistic vision is a talent that is nurtured by observation and inspiration. Feedback from our customers and endorsees is essential. All of these attributes contribute to our mission - customer satisfaction.

The Widman Custom Electrics’ lineup includes three different electric guitar models, the Gigmaster, the T-Master, and the set neck models - the SN22 and the SN24. Each model may be adapted to any customers’ specifics. In addition, John also makes acoustic and electric banjos, and fine tenor and baritone ukuleles.

More information available on the Widman Custom Electrics's web site.

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