21st c. Luthiers from Europe click for more

Marc de Wael Guitars Soprano Ukulele
De Wael Soprano
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.

Marc de Wael - Marc Guitars

From Blankenberge in Belgium, he started making musical instruments in 2000 after doing a 3 year Guitar Building course at the Training Institute for SME. He makes all sorts of wooden stringed instruments, including the occasional Ukulele, though he specialises in Guitars, and since 2009 has taught at the Institute he trained at.

Stuart Wailing Resonators

He comes from Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK and produces handmade Resonator Ukuleles and Mandolins. He produces everything including the cones which he tailors to the different instruments. As well as his standard range which covers all of the Ukulele scales except Sopranino he does custom work, including wood bodied instruments, cutaways and other flourishes. A couple of notes on construction; The cones of the Ukuleles are thinner than the cones of the Mandolins as the nylon strings give less force to them. The use of 1.5mm thick Brass in the body gives the instruments a sturdy feel but makes them heavy at over 2kg (4½lbs) - There is a deluxe lighter version available using thinner brass. The necks are made from a wood called utiel as he can't get mahogany any more. He has made some solid body electric Ukuleles too

Zachary Taylor

From Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK, he learned the art in Spain in the early 1960's and has gone on to teach luthiery and inlay all over Europe. He has also written 14 books on the subject and in addition to his woodworking and literary skills he is a professional classical guitarist and an expert in the early guitar and its ancestral relatives. He has done a number of other things too, including acting as a consultant for the Mid East range of "themed" Ukuleles, for more information there is a full biography on the website. Most of his output has been Guitars and related instruments but this does include all of the standard scales of Ukulele and an extra one he describes as Bass. In his case this means a scale length bigger than a Baritone so like a Tenor Guitar, Chicago tuned, but with a fat neck. I have not seen him make a Sopranino though. All of the Ukuleles I have seen of his have spruce tops, but he uses a variety of different woods for the back and sides and on the headstock he puts an inlaid ZT

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