Hoffmann ukes are made from materials hand processed from as close to their source as possible. This gives full control over the process and insures the best sound, durability and style. The actual construction of the ukulele is done entirely by hand where attention is paid to how the materials are selected, and how they will interact together as a single unit. Also, all Hoffmann ukuleles feature an exclusive pinned nut that allows string gauge changes without replacement or modification as required with traditional nuts.
Here is a look at some of the Hoffmann ukuleles we’ve been able to showcase. Check in at our Custom Built category HERE for new instruments as they arrive.
A Style Mahogany Tenor
These are “raw” sound samples with no compression of mastering. Use quality headphones or monitors for most accurate sound.
A Style Cedar Walnut Tenor
A Style Cedar Maple Tenor
ML Cedar Ebony Concert
Jerry Hoffmann first introduced his M-style in 2007 as a stylistic departure from traditional shaped ukuleles. They featured a forward shifted waist and cantilevered neck with a “reverse heel” neck block. Improvements have been made along the way that include a lighter heel block, bolt-on neck, improved bracing and bridge design, and the introduction of a larger body. The sound on this one is crisp and responsive with good projection and warm tone.
ML Spruce Maple Concert Sunburst
The most noticeable feature of this ukulele is the honey sunburst that runs from vintage amber to golden honey color. Beautiful!
The back sides, neck, and binding are the finest quality curly maple, and the top is Adirondack red spruce with a hard-to-find consistently fine even grain from edge to edge. The fret board, bridge and head plate are made of rare old-growth Kamagong ebony . Tuners are Gotoh UPT’s and strings are Worth fluorocarbon.
ML Spruce Walnut Tenor
The ML has now become Jerry’s most popular shape because of it’s unique and attractive design and its deep, warm tone. This custom tenor features a red spruce top for a strong balanced tone and pairs well with walnut sides, back, neck, faceplate and rosette. This is framed off with a shop made trim of ebony and maple, and shown off with a flawless gloss finish. The feel is wonderful with nice low action and the tone is exquisite! Above Kalei gives us a “raw” sound sample and a few thoughts on this beautiful tenor.
ML Spruce Ebony Tenor
ML Spruce Mahogany Tenor
ML Spruce Padauk Tenor
Almost all of Jerry’s ukes have small artsy details that add a special custom quality to his instruments. This one has the purfling strips on the inside of the neck binding curling in as a tasteful and unique version of fret markers. Or the padauk purfling at the bottom of the sound board tapering out, so beautiful and precisely executed!
ML Spruce Cocobolo Tenor
The tone and feel of this instrument is as impressive as the look. This is in part because red spruce is the most prized sound board tonewood for stringed instrument makers. But it also has to do with the highest quality cocobolo sides and back. Cocobolo has been compared to Brazilian rosewood for the clarity and richness it imparts. Like Brazilian, supplies of cocobolo are becoming very limited, especially cuts of this quality. The feel is wonderful with nice low action making this custom tenor the whole package!
D Style Mahogany 5 String Tenor
Jerry has many unique and innovative aspects to his design, but this ukulele is more than just impressive craftsmanship. The tone is excellent and the feel is as good as it gets.
This is a 5 string that has both a low and high G. It’s played just like a regular ukulele but carries both the brightness of a high G and the depth of a low G. It has an effortless feel with nice low action and is a joy to play.
D Style Cedar Ebony Tenor
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