3 Great Japanese Custom Ukulele Builders

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The Connection to Our Past

One of the things that makes us uniquely human is that we create musical instruments, like ukulele. We take pieces of nature, cut them up, bend them into shaped boxes, and string them up (originally with cat gut!). Somehow people discovered you could make music this way and that it's one of the most enjoyable things in life. Ukes have ...

The Ukulele Review Giveaway October 12-20

Aloha and welcome to the new resource center. It is and will always be a work in progress but we hope you enjoy the information and media. At the end of Friday October 20 we will be sending 10 customers $200 credits to their customer account at our store, The Ukulele Site. Rules for entering are below. Aloha to all …


Joji Yoshida

These are “raw” sound samples with no compression of mastering. Use quality headphones or monitors for most accurate sound.


Maui Music

We have a featured builder page on Peter Lieberman's Maui Music line already from a batch a few years ago and you can see those models HERE. This is a look at a few of his recent build styles. Peter's always switching things up. He's putting lots of sound ports in these days, which just adds to the openness in ...

Episode 16 – Pat Megowan

Pat was visiting Hawaii and impressed us with a few great ukes. Here's an interview and some sound samples with mainland builder Pat Megowan.

Episode 14 Pete Howlett

Pete is a great luthier from the UK. We talk about what brought him here, the challenges he's now facing, and Corey as well as Aaron give this koa tenor he brought along a sample and review. We recently got one of Pete's ukes and look forward to getting more in the future.

Aaron Oya

Aaron is a custom builder on the west side of our island. He's one of our favorite guys, and our LR Baggs rep so he supplies us with pickups even more regularly tha ukes, but when we do get one of his it's always a wonderful tenor with full rich tone. Just what I like. Koa Tenor These are "raw" ...


Steve Grimes is a legendary guitar maker. George Benson, Keola Beamer, Willie Nelson, and many other professional guitar players have chosen Grimes guitars because they are awesome! Steve is a musician and and the way he voices and sets up his instruments shows a passion for the tone and feel that make an instrument great. On top of that he ...