Archtop Ukulele Luthiers and Custom Builders and Mass Production Manufactures

Mini version of the the jazz guitar archtop - but a ukulele, its big brother. An archtop guitar is a steel-stringed acoustic or semi-acoustic guitar with a full body and a distinctive arched top, whose sound is particularly popular with jazz players.

Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
USA

tel: 808-622-1064
fax: 808-622-1646

Latitude: 21.502045
Longitude: -158.026917

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from the Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele Company web site

Ko'olau Guitars and 'Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko'olau Mountains.

Ko'olau Guitar and UkuleleFor many years Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele has been building some of the finest quality ukes money can buy, allowing the customer to pick from many woods and decorative options. The company was founded and is still run by John Kitakis, whose career began as a furniture maker. He moved from the mainland US to Hawaii forty years ago, then for a period of time went back to the mainland doing warranty repair work for Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Guild and other guitar manufacturers, and in between built custom guitars and mandolins. Eventually he, his wife and children returned to Oahu to begin Ko'olau Guitar & Ukulele Company. All of John's children worked in the family business, from sorting screws to sweeping floors. His oldest son, Noa eventually chose to pursue stringed instrument making, and now manages all Ko'olau production. His youngest son, Andrew also joined the family doing repairs and assisting in Ko'olau construction and finishing, but eventually established his own retail guitar and 'ukulele business.

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Stefan Sonntag

Hans-Adlhoch-Straße 35
D-86157 Augsburg, Germany
Phone ++49-821/527375
Telefax ++49-821/528287

Latitude: 48.358391
Longitude: 10.870952

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from the Stefan Sonntag web site

Corresponding in size to the tenor ukulele, the Uke has a scale length of 39 cm. It is built like an acoustic archtop guitar, with parallel bracing and handcrafted arched top and back. The one-piece bridge provides a very direct transmission of string vibration to the body. The Uke is amplified by a single-coil pickup made by Coil Tec.</p

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DeCava Archtop Guitars

James R. DeCava
369 Nichols Avenue
Stratford, CT 06614
USA
203 377 0096

Latitude: 41.201687
Longitude: -73.139359

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from the DeCava Archtop Guitars web site

Luthier James R. DeCava was born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut. As a young teenager, he began playing guitar and banjo and soon realized that if something needed repair on his instruments, he had to do it himself as there were few repair people around at that time. He began meeting others with similar interests and came into contact with the well known Liberty Banjo Co. He worked for them for many years making banjos, doing repairs, and cutting-inlaying mother of pearl with intricate designs. Over the years, he has built hundreds of guitars, banjos, mandolins, and one-of-a-kind instruments. He has also become well known for building multi-string instruments.

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Collings Guitars

11025 Signal Hill Drive
Austin, TX 78737
USA
512 288 7776

Latitude: 30.211275
Longitude: -97.966743

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Bill Collings and his team of skilled luthiers build custom handmade acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and ukuleles in Austin, Texas. Over the past 35 years, Collings Guitars has set the standard for quality, tone, and playability amidst a number of fine guitar companies and independent builders. In a low production environment, Bill Collings has created a culture that lives and breathes attention to detail. Collings’ reputation for quality construction and consistency is internationally known, and has earned the patronage of some of the world’s most accomplished artists and performers.

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D’Angelico Guitars of America

D’Angelico Showroom D’Angelico Guitars of America 141 West 28th Street, 4th Floor New York, New York 10001
USA

Email: info@dangelicoguitars.com Phone: (646) 460 8472

Latitude: 40.747021
Longitude: -73.992287

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John D’Angelico was born in Little Italy, on Manhattan's Lower East Side. At only 9 years old, he became an apprentice to his grand uncle Signor Ciani, an expert violin and mandolin maker. This apprenticeship would become the basis for construction principles he later incorporated into his world-renowned archtop guitars.

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Mandolins by Jonathan Mann

1002 Bradford Place
Joelton, TN 37080
USA

Phone: 615-562-5747
Cell: 615-289-1333
eMail: jmann@manndolins.com

Latitude: 36.313107
Longitude: -86.86528

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from the Mandolins by Jonathan Mann web site

A “small shop” instrument builder and currently building acoustic and electric mandolin family instruments, electric ukuleles and other random custom instruments.

A while back a customer emailed me and wanted to talk to me about building an electric steel string Uke…this worked out quite well since the electric mandolins I build are very similar in size, scale to the Ukulele. 

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Koll Guitar Company

Saul Koll
2402 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 95436
503 235-9797

Latitude: 45.516338
Longitude: -122.641357

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from the Koll Guitar Company web site

Saul Koll grew up in southern California just north of Los Angeles in a town called Newhall. He always had an interest in how things were made and what made things work. While other kids were playing sports, Saul was in the garage taking expensive toys apart and gluing the components into new weird new contraptions. At 12 he started to play the guitar and his compulsive tendencies were then directed to learning the instrument. It was about this time that he found a book on guitar making at the library in Redondo Beach. It was Classic Guitar Construction by Irving Sloan. One of the earliest writings on the subject and as it turns out eventually very influential.(Notice how even at the beach, Saul was at the library!) Saul found the book intriguing but beyond his skills at age 12. He continued his guitar studies and school and all the usual teenage stuff.

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Eastman Strings

A division of: Eastman Music Company USA Headquarters
22525 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
USA
Phone: 240-686-2050
Toll-free: 1-800-624-0270
Fax: 240-686-2058

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from the Eastman Strings web site

In 1992, Qian Ni, who had come to the United States from China to study music, founded Eastman Strings. In the beginning, he and his two musician colleagues bought instruments from Western-trained violin makers from their home town in China, but before long, they saw that a different approach was needed.

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Amahi Ukuleles

Amati's Fine Instruments
7605 Production
Cincinnati, Ohio 45237
USA
Phone: (888) 262-8471

Latitude: 39.19873
Longitude: -84.454529

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from the Amahi Ukuleles web site

A new line of ukuleles from an establish fine instrument company.

Manufacturer/Distributor of High-Quality Ukuleles including Amahi and Snail Ukuleles. Over 40 models available with exotic woods and unique designs.

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Kala Brand Music Company

P.O. Box 751149
Petaluma,California 94975-1149
USA

tel:1 877 Uke Duke

Latitude: 38.32
Longitude: -122.639999

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from the Kala Brand Music Company web site

Mike Upton is the founder of Kala Brand Music Co. in northern California. Established in 2005, Kala builds 120-plus models of ukulele, including travel and bass variations.Kala and Makala brand of ukuleles.

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