Although you can play any style music on any ukulele. There are certain styles of instrument associated with particular styles of music. Think archtop guitars and jazz. Maccaferri and Selmer style guitar associated with Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz styles.
With that in mind here a few builders that can build you an archtop or Django style ukulele. Kala makes a production ukulele that is in the archtop guitar style. I personally think the Django style ukulele is really cool.
- Over 120 Ukulele Models
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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA
Our family store, Funky Frets carries the line of ukuleles and accessories.
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( from the Kala site ) - KALA BRAND UKULELES HAVE JUST BEGUN, BUT OUR ROOTS GO BACK A BIT.
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- (Ono) Brand of Ukulele!!!
Hi, I’m Mike Upton, founder of Kala Brand Music Co. and Kala Brand Ukulele. I became acquainted with the charm of the ukulele at an early age as my Dad would strum the "uke" and sing old standards, entertaining the family, neighbors, and worshiping in Church. The sweet, soothing sound was the best pacifier for a fidgety child like yours truly, so as I grew up, you guessed it, I started playing the bass. Four strings like the uke, only much larger and able to rattle your teeth with the proper amplification i.e. Ampeg SVT 300 Watt Tube Head through a 8x10 cabinet. Anyway, back to the ukulele, I re-engaged with the uke while living on heavenly Lanikai Beach in 1991 with my lovely wife, Wendy. You were just starting to hear and see more and more people playing ukulele back then. My interest continued as I became the Hawaii Sales Representative for the Hohner Company in 1997. I found out very quickly that there were very few quality, affordable ukuleles available in the Islands. So with that in mind, I set out and with some help developed the popular ukulele line. In July of 2005 I went out on my own to start Kala Ukulele to continue to expand what is possible in the realm of quality, affordable instruments for the Ukulele Enthusiast and Novice alike.
(from the Kepasa Ukulele web site ) - Reason for Building Ukuleles- I can't think of a good reason not to build ukuleles! I got bitten by the ukulele bug in early 2004. One thing lead to another, and I figured if I could play them, I could build them. Easier said than done.
( from listing's site ) - I specialize in custom made stringed instruments of all sorts...
Whatever You’d like to ask for - perhaps a jazz-mandola, bouzoukis, speciality guitars small or big, A or F mandolins, tenor guitars, ukuleles, a mando-uke, banjos, electric guitars and mandolins, carved tops and backs, fancy woods, custom inlays, french polish... whatever you’ve seen in the books or heard of... don’t hesitate to ask for your own special instrument. There will be a way to make your dream come true at a reasonable price!
Tiki King's Ukulele: Brand name database: Po_Mahina
(from their site) Island Jazz & Island Jazz Cutaway
Inspired by the Selmer Jazz Guitars made in Paris in the 1930's and made famous by Django Rheinhardt. Striking curly koa back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, ebony peg head overlay, bound top and back with grained ivoroid, Po Mahina inlay in peg head, abalone position markers at 3,5,7,10,12,15 and abalone inlay around small oval sound hole. Slightly longer scale than regular models.
The Jazz Uke, acoustic version
Corresponding in size to the tenor ukulele, the Uke has a scale length of 39 cm. It is built like an acoustic archtop guitar, with parallel bracing and handcrafted arched top and back. The one-piece bridge provides a very direct transmission of string vibration to the body. The Uke is amplified by a single-coil pickup made by Coil Tec.
- Acoustic Guitars
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