21st c. luthiers from Mainland USA click for more

Kathy Wingert koa Soprano Ukulele
Kathy Wingert
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.

David Ingalls - Ono

Based in Ashland, Oregon and starting in 2011, he describes himself as a "hobby builder" who takes his hobby very seriously. I have seen Concert, Tenor and Baritone scale models in a number of native wood choices, and though he makes Pineapples and other body shapes I have not seen and extra string options; I have also not seen a Soprano, Sopranino or superscales, (I sure he would make them if asked though). All Ono ukuleles feature carbon fiber reinforced necks, string through bridges, and carbon fiber bridge plates and he does take commissions.

Ed Elsey - String Theory

Based in Shelby, Michigan he has been making Ukuleles and cigar box instruments since before 2013. From what I have seen he only makes Tenor scale Ukuleles but uses a variety of local woods

Kathy Wingert

Based in Palos Verdes, California she is almost exclusively a Guitar maker with a fondness for Harp Guitars, but she does make other chordophones, including Ukuleles as custom orders. She learned the art of luthiery by being an apprentice to a Violin maker and then used book learning to enable the change in instruments and she has had her own workshop since before 2001. I believe she is a member of the American Guild of Luthiers and that her father does her inlay work.

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