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Ortega Lizard Electro-Acoustic Bass Ukulele Corner
My Lizard Bass Baritone
Throughout the world there are small Ukulele manufacturing firms, maybe a luthier who has expanded the operation and taken on some staff, maybe a number of craftsmen who have got together in some form of co-operative. However it started these manufacturers usually make very high quality instruments even if the Ukulele is not the firms main output

Liuteria Cocopelli

A luthiery partnership consisting of Alessio Belli and Simone Assunto, founded in 2013, (though they started working together in 2009), in Gavirate, Italy. They are both graduates of the Civica Scuola di Liuteria in Milano. They mainly make Guitars but they do include Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles in the catalogue

Ortega

It might not sound it but Ortega is actually a German Guitar maker. They were founded in 1994 making Classical and Spanish Guitars in Germany but over the years they have added to their product range all of the usual acoustic strummed chordophones. They make a number of ranges of Ukulele in Soprano, Concert, Tenor or Baritone, (only the top ranges), with the Lizard range including a Baritone scale Bass Ukulele and they also have a Guitalele in their catalogue. In 2013 they added extra mahogany, (as oppose to Dao), Lizard Bass Ukuleles to the range, they also added some super short scale (25in so long scale Bass Ukulele), Basses to the catalogue, (though from the similarity to some others I have seen these may be imported for China) and in 2014 they added a Banjolele, (which may also be Chinese?).

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