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Luke Kallquist Guitars baritone taropatch 8 string ukulele
Kallquist Baritone Taropatch
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.

Adrian C(?) - Honni Music

From Australia, he is a further education wood and metalwork teacher by trade but also has a sideline making electric Ukulele, (he has made some acoustic Ukuleles but he doesn't make then for sale or general release). He makes Concert, Tenor and Baritone Scales, with the Baritone doubling up as a Tenor Guitar or with a chromatic fretboard as a Dulcimer. His models, and he makes 7 different body shapes, (the 6 pictured and a teardrop option), are chambered, Hoop Pine and Meranti, steel strung with a truss rod and a coil and a piezo pickup, (plus the electrics to switch between) and the option of a sound hole (again different designs available) to enhance its acoustic performance. He also makes double neck options too and in this range he includes a bass Ukulele option but using nylon strings.

Jim Williams

He was a respected Guitar makes who started in Sydney, Australia, some time in the 1970's working with another luthier called Robin Moyes. He also wrote a book on Guitar making that was published in 1988, but retired from luthiery in 2010 due to poor health, (he had a website at the time but it has since shut down). During his career he made a number of Ukuleles including Concerts and Baritones with all of the ones I have seen having a spruce top. One thing to note though is at the time of his retirement he sold off a number of StuMac Ukulele kits?

Luke Kallquist (Guitars)

From Brisbane, Australia he predominantly makes acoustic Guitars but he has made a number of other instruments as custom options, including electric Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos and in 2012 some Baritone scale Ukuleles. I don't have much information on him other than he started out as an instrument repairer in a local Guitar shop and I have not seen any other scales of Ukulele from him; though one of his Baritones was a Baritone Taropatch

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