Small Manufacturers from North America click for more
Throughout the world there are small 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
From Hagerstown, Maryland, Beard Guitars was founded by Paul Beard in 1985 and they specialise in Resonator instruments and make their own cones. The firm has grown over the years, increased in the number of staff employed and the catalogue has increased to include resonator Ukuleles. The standard model has a Mahogany body and comes as Soprano, Concert or Tenor, but they will use other woods as a custom request.
This is a two man custom, (though in their faq's they say they don't make custom Ukuleles?), Ukulele shop located in Louisville, Kentucky. Playing and building over 40 years has brought them to a passion for building Ukuleles. Although their speciality in the last few years has been cigar box Tenors, (no tobacco involved though), they also build traditional Ukes ranging from mahogany to koa wood; (taken from their website with a few small additions)
The firm was founded by Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson in Oregon, USA, 1990 making Guitars, (and is run by Larry's brother Kit). Over the years it has added Mandolins and now Ukuleles to its range. It currently only makes Tenors, and only has a range of three designs, (the Master Class, the American and the Signature) but they will customise these designs a bit though for a price
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