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bobby nelson instruments ukulele bodies being made
a batch of Nelson Ukulele bodies
In being on the lookout 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.

Bobby Nelson

Based in Northfield, Minnesota and starting manufacture "early in the 21st century" (though as a full time job in 2010), he makes mainly Guitars and Basses on spec and in batches to keep the price down. He is the son of a carpenter and before opening his own workshop did work selling and possibly repairing Guitars retail. There is no mention of Ukuleles on his website but on his Facebook page it shows that, certainly in 2012 and 2013, he was making batches of Ukulele under his branding. Sadly I have never seen a finished article so I don't know what scale they are and given they are not on his website I don't know if he still makes them?

Dave Cavanagh - (website if it works)

Based in Columbia, California he has apparently been repairing stringed instruments at least, since 1969 (or even 1964!). I believe he is now officially retired but does help out part time at the local music shop. For some reason his website has just stopped working so all I have is a few other sources so this is what I have seen. He makes exclusively solid body nylon strung electric Ukuleles with a bolt on neck and under-saddle piezo pickup. The ones I have actually seen have been Sopranos and I have read someone bemoaning the lack of a Tenor scale Ukulele in the catalogue, but the Sopranos I have seen are describes as having a 17" scale length? He is also the author of a book called "Secrets All Guitar Players Should Know"

William Heath - (Bluebird)

Based in Murphy's (Camp), California and working out of Murphy's Music Company, (the local music store), I don't have a lot of information beyond he works in, (and I believe owns), the shop as instrument repair man as well as making acoustic and electric Ukuleles, which are only sold in the shop or through an esty site (though its showing none sold this way?) He says on the store website his Ukuleles are branded "Bluebird" (an oft used name), and I can see it says this on the soundhole label.
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