21st c. Luthiers From Mainland USA click for more

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In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

J(ack)C Clark

He is a retired navy and aerospace engineer who now does luthiery and builds all four sizes of Ukuleles (Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone) and a Torres-style parlor and classical guitars at his workshop in Seaward, Nebraska. Most of the instruments he builds are commissions but he has also made a number of Ukuleles based upon the old Lyon & Healy Shrine Ukulele body shape. Instead of putting a logo on the headstock of his instruments he puts a JC logo on the heel of the neck. He may have stopped making instrument as his website is no longer valid?

John Cope - Tiwi

From Reno, Nevada, he started building in 2010 as a hobby after a trip to the big island of Hawaii but with the amount of custom requests he is currently getting he is thinking about going full time. He has made Sopranino, Soprano, Supersoprano, Concert and Tenor scales in a variety of woods and finishes.

Pat Roper (Guitars)

From Lillian, Alabama, He is largely self taught and started making instruments in 1979. He makes mainly Guitars but he does make other instruments like Mandolins, Banjos and Ukuleles too. With the Ukuleles, he primarily makes 12 fret Concerts if he is making them on spec; but he does take commissions too. I've not seen any Banjoleles, Lili'us or Taropatches but he does a Guitalele. He also hosts Guitar building classes

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