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Daniel Roberts Stringworks Tenor Ukulele
Daniel Roberts Tenor
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.

Daniel Roberts - Stringworks

He is a long time guitar luthier currently based in Montana, starting out in the trade in 1989 and has worked for Gibson and for the Santa Cruz Guitar Company. In 2008 he started up his own workshop where he makes mainly Guitars But has made Ukuleles as well. In addition to making instrument he also teaches advanced classes in luthiery

Ken (& Virginia) Miller Guitars

Currently based in Warne, North Carolina, (though he has move around a bit),  he started repairing Guitars in 1962 and then went on to work for Guild in the 1970's. After the demise of Guild he started out on his own, except his wife Virginia does all of the, sometimes very intricate, inlay work. The output is mainly Guitars but he does Banjos, (though I've not seen a Banjolele), Mandolins and other Chordophones as well, including custom made Ukuleles. As al the output is custom he will make any scale, shape or string set up and has made Harp Ukuleles in the past.

Mark Roberts

From Oregon, he makes mainly Tenor or Baritone Ukuleles, (there is the offer of a Concert or Superconcert on his website too if you hunt hard for it), including a hollow neck steel slide Baritone in the Weissenborn style. For Tenors he gives the option of 12, 14 or 16 frets to the body; for Baritone it's 14 or 16 to the body (both with 19 or 20 frets total) and more fret to the body mean better neck access. He has been in business since the early 2000's, is a member of the American Guild of Luthiers, and also makes Guitars but from the website Ukuleles are his main output.

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