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Badley Made Ukes

Bend, Oregon
USA

jbadley@bendbroadband.com 541-382-3254

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from the Badley Made Ukes web site

Badley Made Ukes are meant to be played and enjoyed. We love to see these beautiful instruments and their music makers out and about. Please send us pictures of you and your uke and any special story you want to share.

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Joseph Bandy, Bandy Studios

Joseph Bandy
21 Spring Lane
Danville, CA 94526
USA
(925) 785-5743

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I custom build and repair guitars in my own shop and I couldn’t be happier. I thoroughly enjoy creating these instruments. I pay absurdly close attention to detail, but the result is very worth the extra time. My work has become my meditation as well as my creative outlet. Without it, I would be lost. And without my friends, family, and the others who have believed in me and supported my endeavors, none of this would have been possible.

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Banjo Uke Kiwi

Township of Russell
New Zealand

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We are located in township of Russell, a picturesque township in the Bay of Islands along the Northland coast of New Zealand. Russell is renowned both as a fishing centre and as a holiday town with many historical interest.

BanjoUke started in 2012 with a radical thought – that we two, Curt & Ed, could develop and make a great banjolele that people could afford.

One that sounded as good as it looked, at a price far less than anyone else. It was a big ask, but we were totally confident we could do it.

We worked for a year – made 10 different models until we were satisfied. Voila – Our first hand made BanjoUkes!

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Barron River Guitars

Allen R. McFarlen
8 Meteor Street
Mt. Sheridan, Queensland
Australia 4868
Phone: (61 +7) 4045 5930
Mobile: 0431 430 186

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from the Barron River Guitars web site

Every instrument is fully hand made from select timbers and finished to the highest of standards. Owning a hand built instrument made to your specifications is easier than you may think. I’m happy to discuss your options and ideas for a custom built instrument. It’s just part of the service that you should expect when commissioning a build, or buying an instrument that I have in stock.

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Beansprout Musical Instruments

Luthier: Aaron Keim
910 Alameda Rd
Hood River, Oregon 97031
USA

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Aaron will be Beansprout Musical Instruments in early 2018.

If you are looking for a ukulele or banjo ukulele built by Aaron Keim, go to www.myamoe.com

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Bear Creek Guitars

Luthier: Bill Hardin
Kula, Maui, Hawaii
(HST) 808-878-8082
Fax 808-878-3325
Toll Free 1-877-622-8216

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In Hawaii, the Ukulele is an important part of the history and culture. It is the instrument that many Hawaiian school children learn, and continue to play throughout their lives. Bear Creek Ukuleles are precisely made, with sturdy but light construction, and fine detail. These are not miniature guitars. Every facet of the instrument is scaled down to the thicknesses and dimensions of the originals, creating a sound that is sweet, punchy and responsive. They’re made with Hawaiian Koa: either highly figured or straight grain Koa is available.

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BeaverCreek Guitars

Canada

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The manufacturer of BeaverCreek guitars has over 30 years of experience in designing, building, and distributing instruments worldwide. They continue to manufacture for several well known and respected brand names in the music industry.

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Beltona Resonator Instruments

Old Parua Bay Road, R.D.5
Whangarei, New Zealand Northern Hemisphere contact:www.northpacificproductions.com

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Beltona began as a partnership between Steve Evans and Bill Johnson in the UK in 1990. A luthier and engineer respectively and sharing an interest in resonator instruments, they set out to produce a couple of instruments for themselves replicating the best features of the originals but also making adjustments and improvements where they were needed.

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Benoit de Bretagne

Atelier de Lutherie
191 rue du Village
62170 Bernieulles - France
Tél: 03.21.06.07.36

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Big Island Ukulele Co

Honu Ukulele
3057 Koapaka St.
F1 Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
USA

Phone: 808-833-0871
Toll Free: 1-866-648-4036
Fax: 808-443-0157

Latitude: 21.334909
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logo-HonuUkulele.pngThe company was started to fill a need in the market for reasonably-priced, very high quality solid koa ukuleles. Having roots deep in Hawaii in the forestry industry supplying Hawaiian koa to ukulele makers around the world, we felt we could capitalize on our ability to supply high quality koa at an affordable cost for our own line of instruments. Decades of experience in the wood industry working with some of the finest luthiers in the world gave us a special insight into and access to one of the most important parts of an instrument- the wood! You cannot ever build an excellent instrument if you don’t start with excellent wood.

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Bill Tapia Ukuleles

Pat "Palika" Enos
California
USA

Toll Free: (800)416-8838

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Bill Tapia(tm) was celebrated worldwide as the 'Duke of Uke'. He performed with Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and just about everyone who was anyone in the early Hawaiian music scene.

He taught ukulele to Shirley Temple, Clark Gable and many others from Hollywood's Golden Era. In Bill's hands, the ukulele became a magical instrument.

Now, you can create magic of your own. Built to Bill's exacting standards, Bill Tapia ukuleles will take you wherever you want to go, musically. Bill never compromised with his music and neither do his signature ukuleles.

Each instrument is hand-crafted, using rigorous construction methods to ensure great sound, high quality, and sublime playability.

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Bischoff Guitars & Ukulele

5150 Deerfield Road
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
USA
Daytime Phone: (715) 832-8915
Evening Phone: (715) 834-3751

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After studying performance on saxophone and guitar in the University of Wisconsin system, Gordon Bischoff proceeded to receive training in violin repair in 1974 at Redwing Technical College in Redwing, Minnesota. Using the skills and techniques from that training and incorporating every bit of printed material available on the subject he went on to pursue his true interest...guitars.

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Black Bear Ukuleles

Duane Heilman
Yakima, WA
USA

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My name is Duane Heilman, and I am a luthier and owner of Black Bear Guitars and Ukuleles, a one man shop located in Yakima, Washington, in the U.S. I have been designing, building, and repairing stringed instruments since 1991, and creating ukuleles since 1998. My designs and construction techniques have grown out of years of study and observation of vintage and modern ukes. I try to incorporate my own artistic sense into each instrument as well, and sometimes the results can be quite different and full of surprises -- even to me!

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Blackbird Guitars

1736 Grove street
San Francisco, California 94117
USA

Phone: 415.706.0632
Fax: 415.358.6862

Latitude: 37.77528
Longitude: -122.445312

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from the Blackbird Guitars web site

Blackbird Guitars was founded by Joe Luttwak and Kyle Wolfe and now includes fellow designer Troy Stevens. After years searching for a compact guitar worth bringing along for the ride, all they could find was thin sounding and fragile. Eventually they realized that none of the established companies would tackle this problem so they decided to do it themselves.

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Bluegrass Ukuleles

Louisville, **KY ** USA

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Bluegrass Ukuleles is a two man custom ukulele shop located in Louisville, KY. Playing and building over 40 years has brought us to a passion for building ukuleles. Although our specialty in the last few years has been cigar box tenors, we also build traditional ukes ranging from mahogany to koa wood.

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Blue Maui Ukulele

by John (Colly) Norman
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
USA

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John (Colly) Norman was born in the late 40’s and grew up in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. “When I was 18, hanging around as a teenager in Miami, I had a friend named Skip Ruck whose brother was always in their parents’ garage building guitars. Though I never met the brother, the idea of building a musical instrument intrigued me throughout the next thirty five years of construction, custom woodworking, aviation, and other creative endeavors.”

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Blue Star Guitar Co.

Bruce Herron
44921 40th ST
Paw Paw, MI 49079
USA

tel: 269-657-7696

Latitude: 42.257992
Longitude: -85.937126

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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.

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Bohemian Guitars

Atlanta, Georgia
USA

+1 (855) 982-BOHO

Latitude: 33.748997
Longitude: -84.387985

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Bohemian Guitars is an Atlanta-based guitar manufacturer that creates one-of-a-kind electric guitars, basses, mandolins, and ukuleles, using unconventional materials such as vintage oil cans and lunch boxes. Founded by brothers Adam and Shaun Lee who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company was inspired by the resourceful residents of the local townships who re-purpose used materials into playable instruments.

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Boulder Creek Guitars

375 Digital Drive
Morgan Hill, California 95037
Phone: (408) 779.3845
Fax: (408) 982.9124 Manufacture of Riptide Ukuleles

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Boulder Creek Guitars was the born from an idea that was developed over 15 years ago by Mike Shellhammer. Mike, having spent his life in the music industry as a musician, store owner and product developer felt that there was a better way to brace a guitar than what was considered standard.

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Box-A-LeLe Company (the )

San Diego, California
USA

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As a pioneer in uke-innovation, Ray came to worldwide prominence by creating a ukulele out of a Campbell’s Soup can (The Warhol Soup-A-Lele) and inventing the “Lunchbox-A-Lele,” (a ukulele/lunchbox... suitable for playing and carrying your sandwich and music book) followed by appearances on numerous International, national and local TV, radio, Internet news programs and talkshows. His pieces have been featured and displayed the world-over in numerous art gallery and museum exhibits.

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Breedlove Guitars

61573 American Loop
Bend, Oregon 97702
USA
Phone: 877-800-4848

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Breedlove Guitars was established in 1990 by luthiers Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson, while working at Taylor Guitars. After moving to Oregon, Breedlove and Henderson began specializing in custom, fingerstyle six and twelve string guitars. In 1991 the first Breedlove guitar model appeared, after experiments with the JLD bridge truss system and various bracing techniques. Around 1994, Larry‘s brother, Kim Breedlove, joined Larry and Steve as a master craftsman. Breedlove strives to be environmentally conscious, and is “dedicated to selecting alternatives to endangered rainforest woods.” Breedlove has since expanded to include mandolins and ukuleles.

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Brian May Guitars

House Music Ltd
1 Mulberry Court
London Road
Bagshot, Surrey
GU19 5DT

Tel: 01276 453079
sales@brianmayguitars.co.uk

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February 2015

Brian May Guitars has announced a concert model ukele, designed by the Queen guitar legend himself.

With a body shape reflecting the double cutaway curves of May’s iconic Red Special guitar, the antique cherry colour is also a nod to his famous instrument.

The Brian May Uke (usually £225 but currently with a special introductory price of £195 on the Brian May Guitars site) is constructed with sapele back and sides with a spruce top. It’s also ready for the stage with an under-saddle piezo pickup and Fishman KULA preamp.

To order or find out more visit www.BrianMayGuitars.co.uk

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Dale's Ukuleles

Dale Brown
**Gering, **Nebraska

USA
db@dalesukuleles.com

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The Daluke (derived from Dale’s Ukuleles) journey began over a decade ago when Dale made his first ukulele. His goal has always to been to build from the finest of woods, displaying the beauty found in each piece. Although luthier techniques have many commonalities, Dale has developed his own unique building style including many jigs and tools to improve his craft.

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Bruko Ukuleles

Friederike and Hubert Pfeiffer
Flugplatzstraße 27
97318 Kitzingen
Germany
Phone 0049-9321-36181
Fax 0049-9321-32545

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There are more than 100 years of experience in every Brüko ukulele. The tradition of our family business began in 1890, when master luthier Alois Kollitz started producing violins and working up tone woods in Rothau (Sudetenland).

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Brunkalla Fine Stringed Instruments

Martin F. Brunkalla, luthier
Marengo, Illinois
USA
Phone: 815-977-7045
martin@brunkalla.com

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One-of-a-kind 4-string, 5-string violins & violas, mandolins, bows, acoustic guitars, ukuleles and unique accessories, hand made in the shop of Brunkalla Violins.

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Bucks County Folk Music Shop

40 Sand Road
New Britain, PA 18901
USA
PHN: (215) 345-0616
FAX: (215) 348-8761  

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Since 1966, we have been serving the music community through our Retail Store, Repair Shop, Teaching Center and Manufacturing Facility. The heart of our business is focused on all things related to acoustic music. We specialize in, but are not limited to, Folk, Bluegrass, Irish, Native American and World music.

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Bugs Gear (Stringnet Co., Ltd)

Stringnet(HK)Co,.Ltd
Iwasaki Bldg 4th Fl Honcho 4-19-13
Nakanoku, Toyko
164-0012 Japan

Tel: 86-592-592-0925
Mobile: 86-182-0592-4505

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Jason Burns Instrument Repair

3027 Central Ave.
Birmingham, AL 35209
USA
205 879 4868

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We offer complete services in repair and restorations. We service guitars, violins, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and most all stringed instruments. If you have any questions about our service please feel free to contact us.

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Bushman Ukuleles

Bushman Music Works LLC
PO Box 7424
Bloomington, IN 47407
USA
812-334-4420

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At first we were strictly a harmonica company. Bushman Music Works began on January 3, 1996 armed only with a basic website on the just-becoming-popular internet, a small garage with some harmonicas in it, a tape gun, a shipping table and some small boxes. We sold the Hohner Marine Band harmonica for $13.50. In 1997 we began attending blues festivals like the King Biscuit, and harmonica conventions like SPAH and Buckeye (a fun harmonica event that used to be held in Columbus, OH). We’d set-up a card table, stack some harmonicas on it, and start selling!

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