What are some good ukulele brands? This is my listing of current ukulele brands in existence. For detailed reviews of many of these be sure to visit my Uke reviews page on the links above!
Aiersi - Chinese brand with excellent prices and nice quality
Anakoneke - Beautiful ukes, handmade to order in San Francisco, USA
Website - http://anakoneke.com
Ana'ole - Stunning looking handmade ukes from Hawaii
Website - http://www.anaoleukulele.com
aNueNue - Taiwan based far eastern manufacturer with a fast grown reputation for making good quality instruments.
Website - http://www.anuenue-uke.com/
Applause - ukes made by the guitar manufacturer Ovation, with similar stylings including the plastic bowl back.
Website - http://www.ovationguitars.com/applause/product/ukelele_uae148_4_5_m
Argapa - Made to order ukes from Stockholm, Sweden. Made by Sven Nyström
Website - http://argapa.blogspot.co.uk
Aria - budget instruments from the US based guitar maker, but ukes made in far east.
Website - http://www.ariausa.com/guitars/au120.html
Ashbury - budget UK maker (assembled in the far east) but considered to be reasonable quality starter ukes.
Ashton - super budget ukes at the bottom end of the market - famed for gaudy colours and patterns such as the union jack uke.
Barnes and Mullins - Old brand name now featuring a range of far eastern quality beginners ukes.
Website - http://www.bandm.co.uk/productSummary.aspx?GUID=147f346e-d699-4bc9-a2c8-da30d203d1ed
Barron River - Quality, made to order guitars and ukes from Cairns, Australia
Website - http://www.brguitars.com
Baton Rouge - A range of ukes made by an independent maker in Germany
Website - http://www.batonrougeguitars.com/index.php?id=87&L=1
Bean Sprout Banjos - excellent quality handmade banjos and ukulele banjos from USA
Website - http://www.thebeansprout.com/Beansprout/Welcome.html
Beau Hannam - Quite stunning handmade ukes and guitars from Australia
Website - http://www.beauhannamguitars.com
Beltona - high quality resonator ukuleles.
Website - http://www.beltona.net/ukulelespecs.htm
Big Rusty - high quality, handmade ukes and resonators by Russ Morin in the USA
Website - http://www.russmorin.com
Blackbird - Quite unique guitars and ukes, made in USA from carbon fibre
Website - http://www.blackbirdguitar.com/ukulele.html
Boat Paddle - high quality American made ukes with distinctive body shape.
Website - http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/
Bruko - German maker of quirky looking handmade solid instruments for an amazing price.
Website - http://www.brueko.de/en/
Bushman - US based company importing ukes from the far east - considered to be decent quality solid ukes but customer services have been questioned by many.
Website - http://www.bushmanmusic.com/
DL Cary - Custom Ukulele Luthier, accessories and luthier supplies
Website - http://www.dlccustomluthier.com/index.html
Captain - Mid to higher end ukes, handmade to order in New Zealand
Website - http://www.captainukuleles.co.nz/home.html
Chennell - UK luthier with a leaning towards jazz style ukes, including their Jazz Box Ukes
Website - http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tobias.chennell/ukulele.htm
Clearwater - UK based company importing far eastern ukes of mid level quality and price, including their eye catching Vita shape uke.
Website - http://www.clearwaterinstruments.com/index2.php?uid=4
Cocobolo - Nicaraguan hand made instruments
Website - http://cocoboloukuleles.com/index.html
Cole Clark - High quality ukes made in Australia - sadly no longer in production
Collings - Extremely high quality ukes from the extremely high quality guitar manufacturer. Sublime.
Website - http://www.collingsguitars.com/ukuleles.html
Cordoba - California based classical guitar company who make a range of mid priced ukes in the far east.
Website - http://www.cordobaguitars.com/guitars/ukuleles
Cursley Ukuleles - Hand made to order in the UK by Darryl Cursley
Website - http://cursleyukuleles.blogspot.com/
Da Silva Ukuleles - Top end, handcrafted US instruments
Website - http://ukemaker.com/
DeVine Guitars - Ultra high end ukes - stock and beautifully handmade instruments.
Website - http://www.devineguitars.com/
Digging Stick Ukuleles - hand made to order in Minnesota by Jeff Burger
Website - http://www.onlyuke.com/index.html
Eddy Finn - good quality ukes from quirky US maker - famed for the shark fin sound hole.
Website - http://www.eddyfinnukes.com/index.php
Eleuke - cheaply priced and fun electric ukuleles.
Website - http://www.eleuke.com/
Epiphone - ukes from the far eastern offshoot of Gibson Guitars, including the Les Paul shaped uke.
Website - http://www.epiphone.com/News-Features/News/2011/The-Epiphone-Les-Paul-Acoustic-Electric-Ukulele-Ou.aspx
Fender - Yes, that Fender - they make ukes too, with the traditional fender shaped headstocks!
Ferangeli - Handcrafted ukes from a guitar maker in Cebu, Phillipines
Website - http://www.ferangeliguitar.com
Fidra - Fine handcrafted ukes by Simon Overton - made in Scotland
Website - http://www.fidraukulele.co.uk
Flea / Fluke - made by Jim Beloff and the Magic Fluke Company in the USA, these are different looking plastic backed ukes which are renowned for their tone and setup.
FV Guitars and Ukuleles - Handmade instruments made in Italy by Francesco Verginelli
Website - http://www.fvguitars.com/en
Gill - Handbuilt ukuleles by David Gill - from the USA
Website - http://www.crossroadswood.com/GillUkuleles.html
Glyph - custom, hand made ukes of high quality, from Maryland USA
Website - http://www.glyphukulele.com/
Godin - New line of ukes from French Canadian guitar makers.
G-String - a Hawaiian 'K Brand' manufactuer - top of the line ukes from the Islands. If they are ok for James Hill...
Website - http://www.gstringukuleles.com/
Greg Bennett (Samick) - at the better end of the beginner ukes, nicely made and finished by this US based guitar maker.
Website - http://www.gregbennettguitars.com/acousticportal_ukuele.html
Gretsch - new line of ukes from this guitar maker with real vintage - sadly not made in the US factory, but still well regarded.
Website - http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/rootscollection
Griffin - Handmade ukes from Washington, USA
Website - http://www.griffinukuleles.com
Haleiwa - Stunning handcrafted Hawaiian ukes, built by Joe Green
Website - http://joegreenukulele.com
Mark Haley - UK builder of Dobro's and electric ukes
Website - http://www.dobromark.co.uk/page_2400578.html
Hive - Hand crafted high end ukes from Jake Maclay in West Virginia
Website - http://www.hiveukuleles.com
Honu - a relatively new brand made by the Big Island Ukulele Co. Made and assembled in the far east, these ukes are made to demanding standards and finished and checked in Hawaii.
Website - http://www.bigislandukulele.com/
Hummingbird - Handcrafted ukes from Hawaii - made by Dale Thomas
Website - http://www.hummingbirdukuleles.com
Iriguchi - Beautiful, quirky ukes by Dave Iriguchi - handmade in the USA
Website - http://iriguchiukuleles.com
Imua - Highly regarded ukes from Honolulu, Hawaii
Website - http://www.imua-ukulele.com
Islander - 'budget' brand of the Kanile'a uke company in Hawaii - made in far east to their high standards - highly regarded new uke brand.
Website - http://www.islanderukulele.com/page1.aspx
Island Ukulele - handrafted in Hawaii by Raymond Rapozo
Kala - everybody knows the Kala brand - massive range of far eastern made ukes, with everything from the budget models to some rather nice mid priced ukes.
Website - http://www.kalaukulele.com/default.asp
Kamaka - Considered to be the oldest ukulele maker in the world, one of the KBrand uke makers in Hawaii making top of the line instruments for the likes of Jake Shimabukuro.
Website - http://www.kamakahawaii.com/
Kamoa - relatively new Hawaiian ukulele maker - favoured by Pierce Brosnan!
Website - http://kamoaukulelecompany.com/
Kanile'a - another top of the line K Brand uke maker from Hawaii by Joe Souza - superb quality. I play one!
Website - http://www.kanileaukulele.com/
Keli'i - Hawaiian, high end ukuleles from Waikiki
Kepasa - beautiful ukes, hand crafted by Kevin Crossett in Vermont, USA
Website - http://kepasaukulele.com/
Kiwaya - Japanese brand making superbly thin and loud ukes in the style of Martin - top quality.
Website - http://takumiukulele.com/kiwayaukuleles.html
Ko'olau - K Brand Hawaiian ukulele maker of impeccable quality. Played by the likes of Lyle Ritz.
Website - http://www.koolauukulele.com/
Ko'olana - 'budget' line from Hawaiian maker Ko'aloha - but still great quality. Assembled in the far east and finished in Hawaii.
Website - http://www.koaloha.com/products/koalana-ukulele/concert-koa/
Ko'aloha - Top of the line ukes from this K Brand Hawaiian maker with distinctive sound hole and headstock shapes. I play one!
Website - http://www.koaloha.com/
Koyama - Quirky looking lower end to mid level ukes from Taiwan
Website - http://www.koyamaukuleles.com
Lag - French in origin, ukes made in far east.
Website - http://www.lagguitars.com.au/2010/products/Ukuleles/babu100sbk.html
Laka - new brand from the Vintage guitar manufacturer - cheap and cheerful.
Website - http://www.jhs.co.uk/New%20Products/lakaukes.html
Lanikai - beginners ukulele brand of renown, particularly their LU21 model which is very popular with schools.
Website - http://www.lanikaiukes.com/
Lehua - Traditional looking wooden ukuleles from Portugal
Website - http://www.lehuaukulele.com
Lichty - handmade custom ukes in beautiful styles from US luthier Jay Lichty.
Website - http://lichtyguitars.com/
Stuart Longridge - High end, hand made ukes, built to order in the UK
Website - http://www.stuartlongridge.co.uk/Welcome.html
LoPrinzi - Extremely high quality hand made ukes from guitar luthier Augusto LoPrinzi.
Website - http://www.augustinoloprinzi.com/
LuLu - Quality looking ukes and customs from CT, USA
Website - http://www.luluukuleles.com
Luna - new far eastern beginners brand who seem to focus more on looks than anything else, but I do hear good reports about sound and build quality.
Website - http://www.lunaguitars.com/acousticproduct/ukuleleseries.php
Mahalo - who HASN'T played a Mahalo - bright, and very cheap. There may be some good ones in their more expensive lines, but I've played too many bad ones to be prepared to test that theory.
Website - http://www.mahalo-ukulele.com
Mainland - great value mid level instruments, made in the far east and finished by hand in the USA - my first 'proper' uke!
Website - http://www.mainlandukuleles.com/
Makala - budget brand from Kala that proves that cheap as chips can actually work. I regularly recommend a well setup Makala Dolphin to new players on a tight budget.
Website - http://www.kalabrand.com/Kala_Makala.asp
Mako - Pretty, handmade ukes from Kahului, Hawaii - named after the shark!
Website - http://www.makoukes.com
Marshall Stapleton - English Guitar maker with a nice line in unique looking handmade fine ukes.
Website - http://www.wix.com/marshallstapleton/guitars#!about
Martin - high end ukes from the king of acoustic guitars. Also make nice strings!
Website - http://www.martinguitar.com/ukuleles/index.html
Maton - Mid to high end ukes made in Australia
Website - http://maton.com.au/product/maton-ukuleles
Mele - high quality ukes factory made in Hawaii and played by the likes of Warren Buffett and Dave Matthews.
Website - http://meleukulele.com/
Moore Bettah Ukuleles - Stunning original ukes, handcrafted in Hawaii
Website - http://www.moorebettahukes.com/
Mya Moe - superb quality ukes, made to order to your own specification, and specialising in stunning wood quality.
Website - http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/
Nalu Ukulele - solid ukes specced in the USA, built in China - mid priced and great looking
Website - http://www.nalu-ukulele.com
National - resonator ukes from the daddy of resonator guitars.
Website - http://www.nationalguitars.com/
Ohana - as ubiquitous as Kala - another good quality far eastern made uke with a massive range of styles and shapes.
Website - http://www.ohana-music.com/
Ortega - mid priced good quality ukes.
Website - http://ortegaguitars.com/en/products/ukuleles/
Oscar Schmidt - range of beginner to mid level ukes from the US guitar maker Washburn.
Website - http://www.oscarschmidt.com/products/ukes/
Outdoor Ukulele - Made in Oregon, USA - totally plastic construction
Website - http://outdoorukulele.com
Palm Tree - Quality ukes, hand built to order in Colorado, USA
Website - http://palmtreeukuleles.com
Pepe Romero - Well regarded guitar luthier - now making ukuleles
Website - http://www.peperomero.com/luthier/?page_id=286
Po Mahina - beautiful handmade ukes from Hawaii
Website - http://www.konaweb.com/mahina/ukulele.html
Pono - 'budget' line from the Hawaiian maker Ko'olau - costs reduced by assembling in far east and finishing in Hawaii - great quality and looks.
Website - http://www.koolauukulele.com/pono.html
Pukanala / Puka - Relatively new brand from the far east with a range from beginner ukes to higher end solid models.
Website - http://www.tomandwill.com/searchnonpub.asp?b=Pukana-La&p=0
Quex - British ukes handmade by Ukulian
Website - http://ukulian.com
Riptide - ukes from the Boulder Creek Guitar Co, famous for odd placement of sound holes, and use of sound ports on the sides.
Website - http://www.bouldercreekguitars.com/uk_index.html
Risa - German brand famous for their headless (and bodiless) stick electric ukulele, but now also make traditional acoustic ukes
J Romero - Handcrafted ukulele banjos, made in Canada
Website - http://www.romerobanjos.com/specialtybanjos.html
Shimo Guitars - handcrafted guitars and ukes from Japan
Website - http://www.shimoguitars.com/
David Simmons Luthier - UK Luthier and maker of all sorts of stringed instruments including the ukulele
Website - http://www.davidsimmonsluthier.co.uk
Spruce House - Simple, yet quality handmade ukes from Oregon, USA
Website - http://www.sprucehouseukuleles.com
Stagg - UK based distributor of cheap end far eastern ukuleles. I can never get past the name myself..
Website - http://www.staggmusic.com/en/products/guitars/traditional_stringed_instruments/ukuleles.html
Fred Stevenson - UK builder of replica Ludwig Wendell Hall Banjoleles
Website - http://www.ukuleleman.co.uk/handmadeukes.htm
Tangi - top of the line handcrafted ukes from Hawaii.
Website - http://tangiukulele.com/
Tanglewood - good quality beginner ukes from the UK guitar maker.
Website - http://www.tanglewoodguitars.co.uk/products/banjomanduke.html
Tin Guitar - tremendous handmade ukes made to order by UK Luthier Rob Collins.
Website - http://www.tinguitar.com/
Tom and Will - British makers of instrument bags and accessories, including ukulele gear
Website - http://www.tomandwill.com
Uluru - relatively new brand of quality instruments made in Taiwan based on Australian luthier designs.
Website - http://www.uluruukulele.com/
Stuart Wailing - UK builder of resonators and ukulele resonators
Website - http://www.wailing-guitars.co.uk
Wise - quality ukes, hand made to order by Scott Wise in Western Australia
Website - http://www.wiseukulele.com
Zemaitis - ukulele range from the famous UK guitar maker
Website - http://www.zemaitis.net/zemaitis-ukulele.htm