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Willim Bright Guitars Bearcub travel 17 in guitalele Ukulele
Bright Bearcub Guitalele
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.

Billy Gault

He is very much an amature luthier from Ringgold, Georgia. By trade he makes carpets but in his spare time he does woodworking projects, some of which he sells. Some of he projects have been musical instruments and I have seen him make Guitars, Dulcimers and a number of electric and acoustic Ukuleles, the earliest I believe was made in 2013

Kent Chasson

From Bellingham, Washington state he has been an acoustic Guitar maker since 1995 and was a professional wood worker for 15 years before that. In 2013 he started to make Ukuleles as well though they don't feature on his website, (they do in his Facebook entry where they are described as Tenors) All of his Ukuleles feature a large C with a lot of flourishes on the headstock.

Will Bright

Currently based in Bellingham, Washington, (since 2013, before that he was in Santa Cruz), he has been a member of the Guild of American Luthiers since 2003 and studied at the American School of Lutherie in Portland in 2011. Before starting out on his own he spent 9 years, (until 2010), as an instrument repairer in a number of outlets in Santa Cruz. He how makes mainly Guitars but his stock catalogue does include a 17 inch scale steel strung Guitalele he calls the "Bearcub Travel Guitar" though he suggests tuning it B-B, (like a D tuned Ukulele), rather than the usual A-A. I have also seen from his esty shop that he has made and sold Soprano 4 string Ukuleles in the past

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