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Jixing decorated soprano Ukulele
Jixing Soprano
There are a lot of Ukulele factories in China, usually in Guangzhou, and whilst some of them make the famous brands that are distributed internationally, (and some don't respect copyright), they also produce other less famous brands that only get very limited distribution. These may be the factory "house" brands or may be a limited trial run and they never really went into production, (but then a trial run of 500 is more than some luthiers will ever make)? I haven't found the information to be more specific, but some of these brands are as good as the famous ones made along side them so deserve some recognition.
Some of the factories will have used more than one of the brand names on otherwise identical models of Ukulele and I am finding the more I look into it that some of these "manufacturers" are really only Ukulele distributors and by this I mean that a company that specialises in making say Guitars or Violins is asked by a customer to supply Ukuleles as well. Instead of making the Ukuleles themselves, although they probably could, they buy them from one of the other factories and sell them on as their own; making it hard to work out who exactly makes them? Anyway here is what I have found.

Jixing Musical Instrument Factory

Based in Chaozhou, Guangdong and founded in 2007 this appears to be a manufacturer of a number of chordophones including Guitars, Violins and of course Ukuleles. From what I have seen of the catalogue all of the instruments look pretty low end and for Ukuleles I have only seen Sopranos, but they do have some decorated Pineapples and Roundbody Ukuleles in the range. The also appear to have some Guitaleles but they are only referred to on the website as "Child Guitars"

ShuangXiang Musical Instrument Ltd

As ever a bit of a mess. They appear to have been founded in 2014 and the main product is Cajons but it may be they are purely a distributor It is also another one of these things where other company names crop up when trying to research them and with translators it is not possible to work out it they are connected. Anyway from their Chinese website they say the do OEM work, (and claim Kramer as a customer?), and have a Ukulele brand called For You that they also use for Guitaleles. (I notice that some of the Guitaleles have a similar logo shape to the Venice ones?)

Venice Musical Instrument Co.

I have only found information for them on the Alibaba site this says they were founded in 2014 in Huizhou City, Guangdong. The Alibaba site also links to a site for Prato Guitars which suggests this is an Italian firm founded in 2004 but all of the contact addresses are in China and there is no italian version of the website? This is however why the branding is all Venice. To the Ukuleles themselves I have seen nothing branded Prato but for Venice there are some Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles plus a range of Tenor scale Guitaleles, but no other string options, Baritones or Pineapples. I think they are all laminate and I wouldn't be surprised if this was only really a distribution firm too? (I notice that some of the Guitaleles have a similar logo shape to the For You ones?)

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