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The Martin Ukulele: The Little Instrument That Helped Create a Guitar Giant

The Martin Ukulele is a detailed look at the ukuleles built by the C. F. Martin Co. of Nazareth, PA, and at how the instruments' success forever changed the company that made them. Martin's ukulele-making led the small, respected builder of fine guitars and mandolins into an era of unprecedented growth in the 1920s and helped it become one of the most legendary manufacturers of high-quality guitars in the world. Drawing heavily from the extensive archives at the Martin factory, the book examines the company and its development, from production records, sales ledgers, and a vast collection of correspondence to hundreds of photos, including many of the rarest ukuleles the company produced. Extensive additional imagery chronicles the history of the popularity of the ukulele itself. The book is both a narrative about Martin's ukulele manufacturing history and a reference work detailing the numbers of each style of ukulele ever made by the company. It is an exploration from Martin's first attempt at production in 1907, to the peaks of ukulele popularity in the 1920s and '50s, to the disinterest that caused Martin to cease ukulele production in the 1990s, to the recent resurgence that has allowed the firm to again offer a wide assortment of new models.

Ibanez

Hoshino (USA) Inc.
1726 Winchester Rd.
Bensalem, PA, 19020
USA
Telephone (215)638-8670
Fax (215)245-8583

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from the Ibanez web site

Ibanez pretty much begins almost 30 years ago, when Hoshino opened an office near Philadelphia, PA for more efficiently distributing Ibanez guitars to the United States. Most of those guitars were Ibanez´ famous high quality (but very inexpensive) copies of just about everything–you name it, we probably made a version of it. At that time many American instruments were going through an unfortunate period of increasing prices with decreasing quality, and these copies hit a ready market.

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Island Ukulele of Kauai

PO Box 3
Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
USA
(808) 822-5997

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from the Island Ukulele of Kauai web site

“Growing up here on Kauai, Hawaii I have 20 years of experience selecting the best wood and custom instrument production. This has given me the opportunity to work with top performers and to perfect the instruments for entertainment and for the serious ukulele collector. I know you’ll enjoy all my uke’s and guitars which will become heirlooms that you can pass down to your kids. Please call us if you have any kine of question.” -- Raymond Rapozo, Island Ukulele

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Iriguchi Ukuleles

Diana & Dave Iriguchi
Carmichael, California
USA
eMail: david_iriguchi@yahoo.com

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from the Iriguchi Ukuleles web site

Iriguchi Ukuleles is Diana and me. We are a husband/wife team. I am the luthier and web guy and Diana is my inspiration/muse/accountant. Oh, and Dieter is our shop dog. He’s a German Shepherd. I build our ukuleles in a little workshop here in Carmichael, California, which is just outside Sacramento.

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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

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