Custom Instruments

We love working with our clients on custom projects, to turn dreams into reality. These instruments can be custom tailored with a theme or design to fit your personal taste to create a truly one of a kind piece.  Special woods, unique inlay, or any other idea you may have can be incorporated in these custom instruments.  Contact us for availability of material and we can start designing your one of a kind instrument.  Custom builds request a 50% deposit and take 3-6 months to complete from date of deposit. Custom pricing below.   



Tyde Music Pricing

Base Price:

Soprano: $1600

Concert: $1800

Tenor: $2000

Baritone: $2200

Guilele: $2500

Upgrades (Descriptions below):


Slotted: $300

Radius Fretboard: $250


Arm Rest: $150

Rib Rest: $150

Soft Full Body Bevel 3/8”: $500/per side

Binding: $250/per side

Rosette: $100-$450

Sculpt-away: $300-$1000

Side Sound Port: $150 Three dot side sound port: $150

Custom Inlay: $250-$1200

Tuners: Waverlys: $100 (standard headstock) Gilberts: $200 (slotted headstock) Schertler: $100 (slotted headstock) PegHead: $100 Gotoh Stealth $100-200 (standard or slotted). Gotoh UPT $100 Other tuners available upon request.

Pick Guards: $100-$250

Pickups: K&K $150, LR Baggs 5.0: $200,

Mi-Si $150.


Wood upgrades:

We have many woods available, so if you have something in mind please inquire.  We also have some woods available that would be included in the base prices.  It is also possible for you to provide wood for your instrument. 

Koa: $100-$500

Figured Claro Walnut: $100-$200

Reclaimed Claro Walnut: $100 (reclaimed from Tahoe cabin counter top) Salvaged Curly

Redwood: $75 (this wood is very old and dense)

Ziricote back and sides: $150-$250

Rosewood back and sides: $200-$1000

Cocobolo back and sides: $200-$300

Soundboards: options inquire for price. Salvaged cedar, sinker redwood, bear claw spruce, engelmann spruce, koa, mango, walnut and more.

Upgrade descriptions:

Headstock Veneer: This is a piece of wood glued to the top of the headstock. While mostly decorative, we believe this strengthens and neck to headstock bend, it also makes a nicer nut slot.

Slotted Headstock: Allows for side mounted tuners which put more down pressure on nut from strings.

Radius fret board: We put a 12 ft. radius on the fret board. This blends with the natural curve of your finger, and makes it a little easier to play bar chords. Traditionally ukuleles have a flat fret board, which some people argue is easier for finger picking.

Bevels: We can do a series of different bevels around the body to make the edge of the instrument round and more comfortable to play.

Arm rest bevel: placed on the soundboard side where your strumming arm rest. Rib rest bevel: placed on the back of instrument where it hits your ribs.

Soft full body bevel: a smaller round over around the whole body leaving no Square edges. This feature also allows us to build up and stiffen the rim which we feel allows the instrument to have more projection. Similar to a regular speaker, which has a metal rim, with thin material attached to it.

Side sound Port: This is a great feature that helps open up the instrument and project sound directly to the person playing instead of out to the audience. This may benice if you want to practice quietly, or if you are playing with people and desire to hear yourself better. We typically do these round, but can also ovalize them or make them asymmetrical.

Sculpted cutaway: Similar to a cut-away, but we do this with an extended heal block, allowing us to actually sculpt into the instrument to fit your hand and make it easier to play up the neck, next to the body.

Rosette: The rosette is used for decoration and to strengthen the sound hole. This Makes the sound hole the one of the strongest parts of the sound board, instead of the weakest. Our simple rosette is just a solid piece of wood inlayed around the sound hole. For more complex rosettes, the possibilities are endless, so please inquire.

At Tyde Music we strive for excellence in comfort, style, and performance of our instruments. Our artistic approach to wood selection and creation helps us achieve this. We have developed many things to help the musician play longer and have better sound.  Typically we do a modified fan bracing system with an asymmetrical pattern and floating center brace, then use tap tones to tune each brace. We feel this allows us to get the most out of our treble and bass sounds while achieving maximum resonance. Building musical instruments is our passion and we would love to work with you on your next instrument.