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OK, so this space is usually about new Ukes and Gear.
But that said, this a big deal for Andy's Uke's, our new home.
From the start I wanted to create something new, well, really something very old. A true music store. One where there is a great selection of quality instruments. And one where every instrument has been professionally set up for maximum playablility.   
"Because every Uke deserves a great set up"
A special place where it is all about the passion for the Ukulele, the Uke community, and music.
To expand on that and to improve the customer experience I've built a proper Ukulele shop.
600 square feet that is completely climate and humidity controlled.
I gotta say 50 %+ -  humidity feels really strange here, but it's what's needed to keep the Ukes healthy.
Finally enough space to have everything out in the open and organized.
Reasonably accessible for most in Albuquerque and New Mexico, right below Intel in Corrales.

#500 Morning Sun Trail Corrales NM 87048


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And now for something completely different.
We are pleased to announce that Andy's Ukes are one of five U.S. Dealers for Ohana's Custom Ukulele's.
These are Luthier built in California and are amazing.
While looks and sound are a bit subjective and everyone has their own preferences. These stack up against the best in the world apples to apples.
My favorite is one that is kind of the Andy's Ukes signature style, plain and simple. Focusing on the purity of tone, beautiful woods, little bling and a thin satin finish. In short the recipe of great resonance, sustain and volume, and a super sweet tone.
This is a project of pure passion from the owner of Ohana, Louis to make the best Ukulele possible. Combining traditional methods and materials with some very cool new innovations.

I have the demo unit you can try and see it an Ohana Custom Shop is right for you. Other models available, and all Ukulele's will be hand built for your order.


OK, so these aren't Uke's, and I never really considered being a "Guitar Shop".
But that said my Lanikai Rep. brought one in and I was pretty blown away.
The line is "Walden Guitars" and I am really impressed. The owner is very approachable and really knows his stuff.
I am posting some links, one of the one coming and one about the history in the owners own words.
So, why a guitar line?
Frankly because I really like them, and no one else has stepped up to the plate to represent them.
My hope is that really good "Flat Tops" appeal to many "Folk" players, and I'm sure a few of them are Ukulele players as well.
You never know until you try, and I request and welcome feed back when it comes in, PLEASE.


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The  new Ohana TK-450 is here. And man it is stunning.
The tap test is awesome, the strings are still to new to really sing yet, but it should sound as good as it looks. And it's priced attractively too.
List $ 1429.00 *
MAP $ 995.00 *
For an instrument made with hand selected actual Hawaiian Koa that's pretty impressive.

A bit of irony here, several years ago I received the Kamaka Koa tenor. It was everything I've grown to love and appreciate.
It was the "anti bling", no fancy bindings, no Abalone shell, not even a Rosette. No high gloss finish, just a nice "hand rubbed" looking sheen.
I was talking to the owner at Ohana and mentioned how much I loved the Kamaka and asked if they have ever considered anything like that?
Fast forward a couple of years and well, they've created one. All solid "Hawaiian" Koa.
Now this does have a beautiful inlaid Rosette (FWIW), and a slanted head stock with a unique detail. But here they are.


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I now stock Mi-Si active pickup's. Unlike most active systems these use a power cell, a rechargeable battery that can be charged through the 1/4" output jack.They are active but without the preamp and all the extra wiring.I'm now able to offer Fishman amplifiers in addition to their pick ups and electronics. I now have several in stock.I would love to hear your needs and feedback on amplification, please let me know.

So I now have a few new 96 Art Ukuleles in stock .
These are Luthier built instruments. The really KOOL thing is he will build them to my specs.
Want a Maple neck he can do that. Cherry or Walnut, yep.
He loves Redwood tops and they are amazing.
Myrtle back and sides are killer.
Spruce tops, of course.
He even built me two as demo's.
One all Walnut and one Walnut B & S and a Spruce top.
He'd never used Tortoise (imitation) bindings, one of my favorites, very subtle and elegant.
While it's one thing to have unique killer looks, but instruments are to be heard. And so far people have loved these, very one of a kind, and quite unique. Great tone, sustain, decay and balance. And they feel really nice.
I asked him to built the last batch with a slightly wider neck, his standard nut with is pretty narrow, very Asian like.
Not only did he make them wider but they are more rounded like old guitars. I have both so you can try for yourself.


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