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joe Egan custom guitars fan fret tenor ukulele
Joe Egan fan fret Tenor
In being on the lookout 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.

Bill Rayner

From Winnipeg, Manitoba he make classical Guitars and Ukuleles and considers himself an amature. He has been making Guitars since 2008 and Concert and Tenor scale Ukuleles, which he names after Hawaiian islands, since 2012. He does not take orders but does occasionally sell on what he has made he also plans to make all other scales of Ukulele from Mini to Bass

Joe Egan Custom Guitars

Based in Ladysmith, British Columbia he is mainly a Guitar maker doing eclectic, archtop and flattop acoustic models, but does make all sorts of other Chordophones as well including Tenor Guitars, Mandolins and Ukuleles. He also does things like harp arm additions and fan frets as as option on all of his chordophones, again including Ukuleles. He originally studied luthiery in the U.S. and now teaches luthiery on top of his workshop output.

RGS Guitars and Ukuleles

Very much a mystery brand here, I'm not sure it's Canadian and I'm not sure of the number of staff involved but from the facebook site there appears only to be one person and there are a few references to Canada and possibly the Toronto area? The facebook site not very helpful though beyond pictures, it says RGS strated in 2010 and the site hasn't been updated since 2014 so I do know if they are still in business? What is the case is they made a number of solid body, steel strung Tenor scale electric Ukulele based on famous Guitar shapes; and a few electric Guitars.

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