21st c. luthiers from Mainland USA click for more

some photos cortesy Ukulelefriend.com
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.

Dave Gjessing - Waverly Street Ukuleles

From Columbus, Ohio, he started building stringed instruments in the 1970's but since 2008 has only been making Ukuleles and Banjoleles. He makes Sopranino, Soprano and Concert sizes in a variety of body styles. He makes a point of saying on his website that he does not take commissions, he builds what he feels like and then puts them up for sale. Also on his website there are step by step instruction sheet for how to make your own Ukulele and how to make and fit your own Piezo Pickup

Duane Noble

From Richland, Washington he is taught as a luthier and started making Guitars in 1997; in 2006 he opened his own workshop and became full time as a luthier. He is most noted for his Guitars and Harp Guitars but does make Ukuleles and Harp Ukuleles too. On his website he says he makes Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone, (but doesn't include the price for a Baritone?). He also says that the Harp Ukulele is based on the standard Tenor with the extra bass arm added.

Todd Korup - The Uker of Oz

Based in Ozaukee County, (hence the name), Wisconsin he is largely self taught and has been making Ukulele since before 2010. He makes Sopranos, Concerts and Tenor Ukuleles and Banjoleles plus he likes to makes lots of other things too, and does a lot of leatherwork as well as woodwork

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