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Leo Debevc Leoswood electric flying v tenot Ukulele
Leo Debevc Tenor
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.

Al(lan) Dodge

Based in Berkeley, California he has been making Ukuleles for some time now, certainly from before 2000, but I can't find out much about them except that certainly in the early 2000's he seemed to be influential to a lot of the newer makers. There is a bit more on line about his musical career, he was in R Crumb, (the famous 60's alternativer comic book artist)'s band the Cheap Suits and now has his own band, the Sundodgers, (which is still going so I know he is still alive even if he is no longer building?) Of his Ukuleles I have seen Sopranos and Concerts, some of which were painted by the artist Robert Armstrong.

Bill MacDonald - Kona Breeze

I don't have much information on Bill, I know he is based in Sisters, Oregon but he is a member of the Big Island luthiers guild in Hawaii and I have only seen Tenors from him He puts a single point in the middle of his headstock. His Ukuleles have been sold in the Holualoa Ukulele Gallery on the Big Island

Leo Debevc - Leo'sWood

Based in Geneva Ohio, and starting before 2012 he makes electric instruments, hand wound pickups, Mandolin armrests and tools. One of the Instruments in his catalogue is a Tenor "Vee" electric Ukulele (or Mandola as an option if strung as such) I am told he does an LP style version too but I've not seen one. He is largely self taught though he did study engineering at college and is trying to make a career of all of his woodworking projects
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