Custom Instruments

Tyde loves working with 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 have could have the potential of being incorporated in these custom instruments.  
Contact us for availability of material and we can start designing your one of a kind instrument.  
*A custom ukulele build requires a 50% deposit. Once a deposit is placed it can take an estimate of 4-6 months to complete.*
A base price list for customs can be seen down below.   

  

*Custom Base Pricing:*

Size

  • Soprano: $2,000
  • Concert: $2,200
  • Baby Tenor: $2,500
  • Tenor: $2,900
  • Baritone: $3,200
  • Guilele: $3,600

*Upgrades (Descriptions below):*

Headstock

  • Slotted: $350
  • Radius Fretboard: $250

Bevels:

  • Arm Rest: $150
  • Rib Rest: $150
  • Soft Full Body Bevel 3/8”: $500 per top & back
  • Full Body Bevel 5/8": $1,000 per top & back

*Other Details:*

Binding: $250/per side

Rosette: $100-$450

Sculpt-away: $300-$1,000

Side Sound Port: $150

Three dot side sound port: $150

Custom Inlay: $270-$3,000

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 wide variety of woods available from local and worldwide sources. Please inquiry about what you have in mind. You may choose from the variety of woods we can provide here at the Tyde shop or you may inquire about using wood you already own.

  • Koa: $150-$500
  • Figured Claro Walnut: $150-$200
  • Reclaimed Claro Walnut: $150 (reclaimed from Tahoe cabin counter top) Salvaged Curly
  • Redwood: $85 (this wood is very old and dense)
  • Ziricote back and sides: $200-$300
  • Rosewood back and sides: $250-$1000
  • Cocobolo back and sides: $250-$350

Soundboards:

*You may choose from one of the following*

*Price varies, Please Inquire*

  • Salvaged cedar
  • Sinker redwood
  • Bear claw spruce
  • Ancient 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, this strengthens the neck to the headstock, it also makes a nicer nut slot.

Slotted Headstock: Allows for side mounted tuners, which puts more pressure down on the 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 for playing.

Arm rest bevel: Placed on the soundboard's 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 soft rounded edge shaped over the whole body leaving no square or sharp edges. This feature also allows us to stiffen the rim of the body sides, which we feel allows the instrument to have more sound projection.

Side sound Port: This is a great feature that helps open up the instrument and project sound directly up to the players ear instead of projecting out to the audience. This may be nice if you want to practice quietly, or if you are playing with people and desire to hear yourself better. We can customize the size of this port to your liking with in reason.

Sculpted cutaway: Similar to a cut-away; we do this with an extended heal block. This allows us to actually sculpt into the instrument to fit your hand and which can make it easier to play up the neck.

Rosette: The rosette is used not only for decoration but to also strengthen the sound hole. 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.

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.

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At TYDE we strive for excellence in creating and developing many ways to help our client's comfort, style, functionality, playing longevity with also delivering full high quality sound for performance. Our artistic approach to wood selection and creation helps us achieve this. Building musical instruments is our passion and we would love to work with you on your next instrument.

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Mahalo, TYDE