styles

Keystone

The Keystone ukulele is our signature instrument. It’s kind of like a pineapple but not quite, so we call it a Keystone (Mildly interesting sidenote: Dave is originally from Pennsylvania, the Keystone State). It’s shape creates a lot of interior volume which contributes to its big voice. It’s the closest thing we have to a standard ukulele and it’s the inspiration for our logo. Ukulele “Akinori” is a good example of a Keystone.

Semi-Hollow

Our semi-hollow ukuleles have an extremely rigid, semi-hollow body. To make these we use a unique sculptural technique where the back and sides are carved from a single billet of wood. Their shallow bodies and smoothly curved backs are exceptionally comfortable to hold and play. Because the body is sculpted and not bent, we can shape and curve the body in ways that simply can’t be done by bending. Ukulele “Savanna” is a recent example of a Semi-hollow ukulele.

Archtop

Our archtop ukuleles are really an exploration into what’s possible. They are designed to be played primarily amplified and each one is a unique sculptural piece. They use a semi-hollow body with a hand-carved, arched, f-hole top. They also have a cantilevered fretboard, hinged heelplate and a floating bridge. They come standard with a K&K Sound Twin Spot pickup installed. Take a look at ukulele “Babaji” as an example.

sizes

We currently offer several ‘sizes‘ of ukuleles, soprano (semi-hollow only), super-soprano (semi-hollow only), concert, IDeale™, tenor and bari-tenor. The soprano size is the ‘standard’ ukulele that most people are accustomed to seeing, think Elvis, Tiny Tim, etc. The concert size is a mid-size instrument that we often recommend for women and players with smaller hands. They are perfect for players who want a bigger sound than a soprano makes but who are not comfortable playing a tenor. The tenor size is the biggest standard tuned ukulele and is what you currently see many famous ukulele players playing.

Size is actually a little variable on our ukuleles. We can fit different scale length necks on several different bodies so there is a good bit of customization possible with regard to size. These are really just general guidelines for comparison.

Soprano

Available in semi-hollow only

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Super-Soprano

Available in semi-hollow only

dimensions

Overall length: 24″
Scale length: 14.7″
Total # frets: 15-16
Frets to body: 14

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The Super Soprano has a 9.75″ Semi-hollow body and uses an extended 14.7″ scale. We currently offer our super-soprano only in the HardBody™ semi-hollow and Archtop styles. We currently have no Keystone in this size. The semi-hollow or archtop style of these super-sopranos makes them fairly exotic ukuleles. We extend the scale to open up the fretboard a bit so people with bigger hands can still play them. These are terrific for players with smaller hands and are easy to pack and travel with.

Concert

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Overall length: 23.875″
Scale length: 14.7″
Total # frets: 15-16
Frets to the body: 12

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The Concert (aka: Alto) has a 10.25″ Poplar body and uses a 14.7″ scale. This is a terrific instrument for younger players and players of smaller stature because it fits them well and still gives them room to grow into it. It is the “Momma-bear” of ukuleles and many people find them to be ‘just right’ in size. This standard concert fits under an airline seat in a gig bag. It’s a terrific travel companion.

IDeale™

Our own proprietary size in between a concert and a tenor

dimensions

Overall length: 25.5″
Scale length: Variable from 15-17″
Total # frets: 16-18
Frets to the body: 12/13/14

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The IDeale is a new size body that is in between a Concert and a Tenor. It’s the ‘Momma Bear’ of ukuleles, in other words, it’s ‘just right’. Because of it’s perfect size, it can be set up with a 15″ scale with 12 frets to the body, a 16″ scale with 13 frets to the body or a 17″ scale with 14 frets to the body. In each of these cases the bridge and saddle are in exactly the same place. It has the big voice of a tenor but can be made more compact to be more portable and to fit smaller players.

Tenor & Bari-tenor

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Overall length: 27″
Scale length: 16.8″
Total # frets: 18/19
Frets to the body: 14

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An update of our most popular ukulele. Most tenor ukuleles have 14 frets to the body. Our previous tenors had 13 and this option is still available. We’ve adjusted the neck length so that the 14th fret is at the body. Most adults find the size and scale length of the tenor to be the very comfortable. These are the largest ukuleles we currently make and we can make these in all three styles. These have a nice big voice and many experienced players prefer them so they can venture further ‘up the neck’. Perfect for players with larger hands. We also have made a rather unusual tenor-light… a tenor body with a concert size neck. these ar for players who like the big voice of a tenor body but who have smaller hands.

IUbass

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Innovation

We experiment a lot when we have time and we are constantly pushing the boundaries of ukulele design. Different bracing patterns, new body shapes, radical neck profiles…really anything that might improve the sound or playing comfort of our instruments. We particularly focus on the points where you contact your ukulele.