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A liberation of sorts…

A liberation of sorts…

Every once in a while an ukulele takes on a special significance as it makes it's way through the shop. This particular mango 5-string is one of those. I started this ukulele one year before my Dad died just as he started a steep decline that would eventually lead to...

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

This story is part of our ongoing series about what makes our luthier Dave, tick. I used to ride motorcycles in my youth. It would have been back in the early to mid-70s. I really enjoyed it. It seems like a weird thing to be getting back into, especially...

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I didn’t think “someday” would come so soon

I didn’t think “someday” would come so soon

This story is part of our ongoing series about what makes our luthier Dave, tick. I've always known in the back of my mind that someday I would stop racing bicycles. It wasn't an actual day, it was just a pragmatic notion that the day would eventually come. I'm...

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We’re working to re-open our t-shirt shop

We’re working to re-open our t-shirt shop

Our print-on-demand shirt shop closed up a while back and we've finally decided on a new vendor. We're going with Zazzle now and we're working on developing a new set of t-shirts. We'll revive some of our old designs and also develop some new designs as well.

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Back in the shop

Back in the shop

We took a little time off after getting back from Reno to rest our hands and wrists. But now we're back at it. Dad and I had a great time in Reno seeing lots of old friends and making many more. Thank you so much everyone who stopped in to see us. The Reno Ukulele...

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Just a few more days until Reno!

Just a few more days until Reno!

We are nearly set for Reno! We're starting to pack and we can't wait to see everyone at the show. Pops is very excited to be going too and we're stoked he can come along. We've got our new little van to haul all our stuff and we're checking all the little details. See...

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The Great Ukulele Campout of Southern California

Here's a unique event for our Southern California friends or friends who like to travel to and camp out in Southern California. It's the Great Ukulele Campout of Southern California, June 5-7, 2015 at the McGill Campground, Mt. Pino, Frazier Park, CA. It is described...

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Hashi – Electric Keystone tenor in Redwood

Hashi – Electric Keystone tenor in Redwood

This design is quickly becoming our most popular. The "Chopsticks" bracing gives our already loud keystone ukuleles even a little more punch and sustain. Hashi has a wonderfully mellow redwood soundboard and a simple understated look. A new feature on this ukulele is...

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Island Girl

Island Girl

"Island Girl" is a semi-shallow Keystone tenor in mineral-stained Poplar and Cedar. Her Polar sides have marks like the outline of an island or an aerial view of a coral reef. She's perfect for strumming and picking in the shade of a palm tree. Specifications:...

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Soni – LEFTY Concert

Soni – LEFTY Concert

"Soni" was built in response to several inquiries we had at the recent Wine Country Ukulele Festival in Napa, California. At Napa we had several people ask if we had any left-handed ukuleles. Unfortunately we didn't. So now we do and her name is Soni. Soni gets her...

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