The Happy Ukulele!

The Happy Ukulele is the companion website to, which is our custom shop. Here at The Happy Ukulele, we’ll be showcasing our latest ukulele designs and instruments, posting videos of ukulele players we dig and spreading the word about the happiest instrument on Earth.


We’re trying to make the world a happier place, one ukulele at a time!


↓   To join us on our journey just scroll down.   ↓

Whoa... ...was that supposed to happen?

So I hit the “ON” button of the new theme a little prematurely and “BOOM!”, the website went all to hell. So now I’m picking up the pieces. This might take a little while. Dang…

New Happy Ukulele Van!

Coming to an ukulele festival near you!* We finally retired our 21-year old truck and traded it in for a spiffy little cargo van. It was hard to let that good ol’ truck go but, hey this one has air-conditioning! The artwork is being worked on so this is just an artist’s rendition. See you on the road soon!


*If you live within 500 miles of us anyway. 

First things first.

How do you say ukulele?

Is it “ookoo leh leh” or “yooka lay lee”? Well…it’s either! Or both! It doesn’t matter. It’s a Hawaiian word and they say it “ookoo leh leh” but if you prefer “yooka lay lee” that’s OK too. Ukulele players will still be more than happy to make music with you. It’s the Ukulele Way!

We write on this website assuming you pronounce it “oo-koo leh leh” like the Hawaiians do. It will probably read a little strangely in some places if you pronounce it “yoo ka lay lee”. It’s that “a” vs. “an” thing. We use both pronunciations when we talk about ukuleles but we write with a tip of the hat to the Hawaiian pronunciation.


The ukulele pictured here is Kris Fuchigami‘s custom Kamaka.

Ukuleles make people happy!

Why the ukulele? Because they make people happy!

Just say the word ukulele and people smile. Sometimes they’ll laugh right out loud. It’s weird actually, but it’s true, try it sometime. The humble ukulele is the happiest musical instrument in the world!

That’s my Dad Jim (right) and his childhood buddy Chris on uke. Still strummin’ after all these years.

Ukuleles bring people together! That’s a fact!

Walk into a room with your ukulele and people immediately gravitate toward it. They want to try it or hold it or tell you a happy story about one. Ukuleles even bring musicians together. Beginners and experienced players often gather together and play. The ukulele is the only instrument I can think of where this is true.

The man in the middle is Brook Adams a talented singer songwriter from Oregon.

There’s something special about ukuleles!

We don’t know what it is but we dig it. It can’t be explained; it has to be experienced. It’s like riding a bicycle. I could try to explain to you the thrill and freedom of riding a bike but you would never fully understand until you’ve ridden one yourself. Same with the ukulele. So get your ukulele and get happy!

Iriguchi Ukuleles…yep, that’s us. It’s our custom shop.

Cutting edge ukuleles designed and built in Carmichael, California. Each one is unique and we try to build as green as we can.
Click on the ukulele below to go to our website at

Go to Iriguchi Ukuleles!

Established in 2009

We built our first ukulele in June 2009. We’ve built 80+ more since then.

Building Green

We don’t use many exotic woods, both for cost and environmental reasons. We figure if we can get good tone from simple woods and leave the exotic trees growing, so much the better.

Fearless Design

Our designs are limited only by our imagination. As long as we get good sound we’ll try anything!

Fun with Statistics!

This is a breakdown of the sizes of Iriguchi Ukuleles we’ve made so far.
The majority are tenors but despite being a brand new size, the IDeales are on the rise.









Ukuleles are fun.

They are.

So what are you waiting for?

Go try one.

You might not be aware of it, but it’s very likely that someone you know plays the ukulele. A friend, a family-member, a co-worker… someone. And if you find them, I assure you, they will be more than happy to include you. Just ask around. And if by some strange happenstance you don’t know someone who plays ukulele (trust me, you do), just Google “ukulele players group” and you’ll find lots of them, probably right in your neighborhood.

Here are some good search suggestions: ukulele players group, ukulele store and Iriguchi Ukuleles.
Wait, what was that last one?

Go see our custom shop!
Brudduh Jion at the 2014 Wine Country Ukulele Festival

You never know… that strange barista at the coffee shop with the tattooed arms and wild hair just might to be able to shred on an ukulele. This strange barista is our bruddah Jion Jugo, and yeah, he shreds.