“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

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LMI March 2018 BLOG

Ukulele by Dave Sigman of LIttle River UkulelesApril is Uke Month!
by Chris Herrod
LMI Sales Manager

(photo at right courtesy of Little River Ukuleles)

The Ukulele came to Hawaii via Portuguese immigrants who came to the islands to work the large cattle ranches. Cowboys, of a sort, they brought their traditional small stringed instruments (the machete, the
cavaquinho, the timple, and the rajão) which inspired the construction of the first ukuleles.

Originating from a small archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Islands, it's not hard to understand why the ukulele's development was shaped by a short menu of available tonewoods on those islands. Some
of these include Kolohala (or Pheasant Wood, a very hard wood which is great for fingerboards), Milo. Kula and 'Hawaiian Ash'.  Koa. of course became the most popular Hawaiian wood for instruments, due
mainly to the large size and prevalence of the thees in Hawaii, not to mention it's renowned beauty,

The ukulele has traveled the world now, of course, and as a result, its construction has taken on characteristics of the guitar and other stringed instruments (banjo-lele anyone?). Koa is not as easy to find as it used to be, but we carry it when we can. But in addition, we now carry a very wide selection of fantastic tonewoods that are being eagerly explored by Ukulele builders stepping outside of the tradition of the ukulele's construction. We now allow our customers to select the exact sets they want to buy from a photo gallery on our website.

Happy shopping!

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It was a long haul, but we've finally finished photographing every set of back and side wood in our inventory. April is uke month and we've featured a few of our more interesting sets below.  

Don't miss the sale on ukulele bridges and selected fingerboards. 

Check out this great online uke building course at Robbie O'Brien Guitars featuring Heidi Litke of Red Sands Ukuleles! You can purchase the course plans right here at LMI.

  African Blackwood Uke

African Blackwood 

Ukulele Sets

  Black Limba

Black Limba

Ukulele Sets

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Ukulele Sets

  Pau Ferro

Pau Ferro

Ukulele Sets

  Tzalam Uke Sets


Ukulele Sets

  Zebrawood Uke Sets


Ukulele Sets

  Ziricote Uke Sets


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Ukulele Sets


CanadaFlag300   CanadaFlag300Due to the new CITES rulings on Rosewood, LMI now offers 
   Select Rosewood parts in Canada with no extra cost.  


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