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EastWood Airline electric Tenor Ukulele
Eastwood Airline
There are a number of North American importers and retailers who have a range of Ukuleles they import, usually from China, and then brand with their own name. They are usually better than the budget end, (though may include a budget end model) and some can be quite good quality.

Blueberry Guitars

A Canadian firm based in St. Laurent. Quebec. They specialise in Guitars but have made other chordophones, including Ukuleles, that have a great deal of carving and inlay. All of the Blueberry Ukuleles I have seen have been Tenor scale, spruce topped and the is a 4 month plus waiting time when you order one. The actual building and carving is done in the Bali, Indonesia, workshop of Wayan Tuges and from 2012 this workshop has started selling Ukuleles branded Tuges direct, skipping the Blueberry connection (though they still feature on the Blueberry website too), and I have seen Baritones as well with the Tuges branding

Eastwood Airline

A Canadian retro Guitar manufacturer, (though all of the instruments are actually made in Korea or China). They were founded in 2001 and in 2010 started producing a solid body Tenor scale electric Ukulele as part of the range, though it was discontinued in 2013.
This has nothing to do with Montgomery Wards Airline brand of the 1960's though they would like to claim it is so


A barely better than budget brand, (it might even be expensive budget?), and is the own brand of Surfcity Music, a US based distributor founded in 1976 in California, (though I suspect its Chinese owned now?) The range includes all scales of Ukulele including a Tenor scale Supersoprano, (and I've not heard of a budget range including a Supersoprano before?) They distribute Guitars and Mandolins too plus Drums under the HB brand name

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