Milwaukee Ukulele Festival 2012

Mason Guitars and Ukuleles was at the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival on October 20, 2012.  We had a great time showing and talking ukuleles with the attendees.  Here are some photos:  

Grit Laskin Inlay Design Class

I spent six days this summer (July 2012) at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Greenwood, Indiana with 11 other guitar builders in a class that focused on designing guitar inlays taught by Grit Laskin. His inlays are works of art and tell stories rather than just being decorative. Although we spent some time practicing our inlay and engraving… (more…)

New Build: Baritone Guitar Under Construction

I’m taking a break from ukuleles and building a guitar–a baritone guitar.  It will have a 28″ scale (3″ longer than most normal guitars), and while the body is a standard size Grand Auditorium, the neck is longer and the interior top bracing needs to be shifted and slightly beefed up.  It will be tuned in “b”–a fourth below normal… (more…)

Concert Ukulele Finished December 2011

Here’s a new ukulele that I finished in December 2011.  It’s a concert size featuring all curly koa body, with koa bindings, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, bridge, and head stock, Grover open-back tuners, and bone nut and saddle.  The inlay is  maile leaves in paua abalone and vine in gold mother of pearl.   It is very easy to play, and… (more…)

Just Finished: Tenor Ukulele

Just finished a new tenor ukulele.  It is a commission and the buyer is picking it up today.  It sounds and plays as great as it looks.  It’s an all koa body (moderately figured) with maple body binding, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, bridge, and head plate, bone saddle and nut, and Grover, black buttoned tuners.  Not much decoration on this… (more…)