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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.

Frank Irby - Fat Cat

Based in Portland, Oregon, he is by profession a sculpture professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art so only makes instrument part time. He learned the art of luthiery with the help of some of the other local Portland luthiers and now teaches it as part of his course. He makes all the standard scale of Ukulele plus Bass ukulele and he also does square necked lap steel Ukuleles

Ian Schneller - Specimen

Founded in Chicago in 1986, the main output is electric Guitars, valve amps and speakers, (with horns), but he has produced a range of other instrument too, including electric Ukuleles in Concert and Baritone scales plu some aluminium bodied Ukuleles. He originally trained as a Sculptor and then learned luthiery as he went along, now he is the main force behind the Chicago School of Guitar Making where luthier skills are taught including a 3 day make your own Ukulele course. He also still does sculptures too.

Peter Hurney - Pohaku

From Berkeley, California, he has been making Ukuleles since 1992 and he makes all scales, resonators and a few other instruments besides. His instruments are often highly decorated and he does like to play about a bit with the standard Ukulele format but he is very keen on the idea that all the Ukuleles he makes are acoustic instruments so doesn't make solid body ones.

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