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“I really appreciate the extra mile you guys are going to make sure your customers are satisfied. I have a degree in business and I've studied all that stuff about how companies are doing their best to keep their customer satisfied through marketing and incentives, but I can't think of another company (in any field) that makes me as satisfied as you guys do. I'm sure there are some places that sell materials here in Japan, but even with extra cost of shipping and customs fee, I prefer to buy from LMI, because I can trust LMI's service and quality of materials. No marketing and incentives can match the solid good service and I'm a very happy LMI customer.”

- I.T. Japan.


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BRIDGEpremadeRepairSQUARE400

MARTIN REPAIR BRIDGES
Indian Rosewood and Ebony bridges for those working in the detail-obsessed repair world.

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BSYellowCedarWYCJsquare200 ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR BACKS & SIDES
Tight grain • Clear & Light color • Lusterous
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FINGERBOARDSEIndianEbonySQUARE200 EAST INDIAN EBONY FINGERBOARDS
No streaking • Jet black when oil applied
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CLAMPSGyroJawSPGJ300

GYROJAW VISE ACCESSORY
Holds oddly shaped, tapered or angled objects!

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TUNERSGotoh510sXgoldblkplasticGGV510ZXGBL5square300

GOTOH 510 X-GOLD TUNERS
Available with black or X-gold buttons

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NECKSBlanksTempered300

TEMPERED NECK BLANKS
"Roasted" wood has many benefits!

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NEWitem11 HEART RIMU
Warm beige and gold colors accented by reddish vertical line patterns.
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SelectASetSQUARE300

SELECT-A-SET
Individual photos of select premium woods.

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TUNERSBloodwoodReplacmntButtonsSQUARE300

BLOODWOOD REPLACEMENT BUTTONS
(GDBK) • $10 off normal price!!!

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BOOKAGuitarmakersCanvasSQUARE300

A GUITARMAKER'S CANVAS
The Inlay Art of Grit Laskin (BM54)

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FRET TANG FILER
With just a few strokes, your fret tang is removed with no burrs.

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ONE OF A KIND slightly undersized
Honduran Mahogany heel blank (OK10)
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BOOKALuthiersAlphabetSQUARE300

A LUTHIER'S ALPHABET
OF IMAGINARY INSTRUMENTS

Woodcuts and Poems by Fred Carlson

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MEASURINGDigitalStringHeightGaugeDSHGsquare300

LMI DIGITAL STRING HEIGHT GAUGE (DSHG)
Achieve the perfect string height on your guitar.

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UkuleleTyroneRiveraJULY NEWS
3 Cheers for the Red, White and Uke!

It’s July ... and nothing in the instrument world says “fun in the sun” like the humble ukulele! Fun to play and fun to build, the popularity of the ukulele has ballooned over the last ten years, so much so that you would had to have been living in a cave to not notice it.

A wide assortment of ukulele manufacturers have joined guitarmakers on the floor of the NAMM show to supply the mass market, and also (to a lesser degree) at shows like the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. Seasoned guitar makers like Rick Turner, Steve Grimes, Rob Lee and Kenny Hill are joining in and helping to fill the need for high-end handmade instruments. Uke clubs, festivals and classes abound and the instrument has graduated from novelty status with the aid of performers like Jake Shimabukuro, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and Eddy Vedder. It’s no longer just a souvenir you’d take home from your vacation to Hawaii!

LMI has been happy to play along, working with major manufacturers (among them: Kamaka, Kala, Ko’olau, G-string, Sonny D) as well as enjoying long relationships with builders like Bob Gleason, Peter Hurney, Jake Maclay, Bill Hardin, Dave Sigman, Tony Graziano, Gordon Mayer and many others.

Our inventory of interesting uke products continues to expand. In addition to precarved uke bridges and necks you will find a variety of small sized fretwire, tuning machines, kerfing, nut and saddle blanks, strings and plans. Of course many items (binding, purfling, bracewood, tools) carryover directly from our regular guitar offerings.  

Things get really interesting when we come to tonewoods! Just look under our "Small Instrument Wood" category where ukulele woods share space with woods appropriate for flat top mandolins, tiples, churangos and other diminutive axes.  Our inventory is constantly changing, but at the time of this writing (7/14) we have Bocote, African Blackwood, Bubinga, Mahogany, Machiche, Ovangcol, Walnut and Malaysian Blackwood (and many others) cut for ukulele backs and sides. And Indian Rosewood is due in soon!

We support the growing trend to build ukes similarly to guitars and other stringed instruments (with a resonant softwood soundboard and hardwood back and sides–as opposed to all-hardwood). For this reason we supply uke soundboards such as Adirondack and Engelmann Spruce, along with Redwood and Yellow Cedar.

Finally, we will continue to offer ukulele sets cut from Koa, the traditional Hawaiian wood, but the availability of quality raw materials has diminished substantially, so expect that there will often be times when we are out of stock–and that prices will continue to rise.

LMI–your one stop shop for
guitar makers and ukulele makers alike!


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