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Kurt Snyder Kutthroat Strings Baratone Ukulele
Kurt Snyder Baritone
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.

Kurt Snyder - Kutthroat Stringworks

Based in Salida, Colorado, and with a passion for using local woods that he harvests and mills as well as works, he predominantly makes Banjos, though no Banjolele? In addition to Banjos though he makes Mandolins and Baritone Ukuleles that have floating bridges, (he doesn't make fixed bridge chordophones). He takes the using of local materials a little further by using shed antler that he has collected for the nuts. He is also fond of lathe turning as part of the instrument making process though this doesn't show on his Ukuleles.

Mike Pereira - MP

From Shandon, California, he started out in the wood shop for National Reso-Phonic and in 2004 started up MP Ukuleles. He makes Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone Ukuleles, plus extra string options and Pineapples, in a number of styles. The styles refer to the wood used and there is another price list for extra decoration, but all in all they come out with quite a traditional look.

Zac Steimle - Oceana

From Washington State, USA, he learned the art of luthiery in Ecuador whilst doing aid work there, but since 2009 has been plying his trade in the USA. He makes all scales of Ukulele from Soprano through to Baritone, including a Baritone Bass and he also makes Taropatches.

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