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- Ukulele building uses many of the same techniques and principles as building a classical guitar, in fact it is virtually the same… just smaller.
- The Ukulele is believed to be first built in 1879 by Portuguese Cabinetmakers, not Hawaiians as most people think.
- Luthier is the name given to someone that builds and repairs stringed instruments. Not to be confused with a Lutheran – which is a whole different ball game.
- Ukulele building requires extreme accuracy when using hand tools, working in wood to less than 0.01mm tolerances.
- Sales of the Ukulele have recently risen by 1200% showing that the “Ukulele Fad” is here to stay. Sales figures in Britain have doubled to around 250,000 ukuleles sold per year.
- Handmade, custom ukuleles can sell for thousands of pounds, where as factory built models sell for as little as £20.
- To sharpen the blades of hand-planes and chisels, some ukulele luthiers use a film which is most commonly used when installing fibre-optic cables.