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otis johnson pineapple ukulele concert scale
Otis Johnson Concert Pineapple
In being on the look out for nice Ukuleles I see the work of a number of full and part time luthiers. The instruments they make look very nice and worthy of note.

Jim Hellar - Monkey Wrench

Based in Orcas Island, Washington he took up playing the Ukulele in 2006 and after buying a few made by others he decided with 30 years of Cabinet Making experience he could make his own. Most of the output is steel strung solid body electric Ukuleles but he has made ordinary acoustic types too He makes Concert, Tenor and Baritone scales plus Jumbo Tenors and he only uses local woods to make his instruments too

Leroy Beal

From Mountain View, California, he also started around 2006 and made a number of instruments and amplifiers, as well as Ukuleles and Banjoleles. Additionally he has made a number of instructional videos on luthiery.  One of his signature Ukuleles was a kind of Teardrop shape that he calls "Dew Drop" He also made a bigger than Baritone scale Ukulele he called "the Baritone XL" He died in December 2013

Otis Johnson

Working out of Wellington, Florida, he makes Concert and Tenor Pineapples with a pineapple shaped headstock since before 2010. He calls the range Little Red Pineapple and uses a picture of a red squirrel to brand it so I have seen it called Little Red Squirrel as well

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