Custom Ukuleles

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John S. Kinnard ​Series 3++ Custom Tenor Z-Stock

This is a beautiful Series 3++ custom tenor in East Indian Rosewood (EIR)with a Western Red Cedar top.  It has a custom drop necklace rosette and half herringbone top purfling that is carried over into the rosette.  The rosette consists of EIR and blue Pau abalone bordered in the half herringbone purfling to match the top.  A mahogany neck matches the coloring of the EIR and is topped with our custom Z headstock design with black Gotoh UPT tuners.  Series 3 mitered purfling with EIR binding gives it a very clean understated look.  The faceplate, bridge and fingerboard are ebony with mother of pearl (MOP) front and side fret markers.  It comes with a side soundport and is set up with strap pins on the heel of the neck and the end of the body.


East Indian Rosewood (EIR) back and sides  
Western Red Cedar top
Mahogany neck with 17" scale

Custom Kinnard Z-Stock headstock
EIR binding with Series 3 mitered purfling

Custom half herringbone top purfling
Custom drop necklace rosette with EIR, abalone and half herringbone purfling
Ebony faceplate with inlayed logo in MOP
Ebony fretboard and bridge

Mother of Pearl (MOP) fre tmarkers
Side soundport
Bone nut and saddle

Worth Clears with a Fremont Soloist smooth wound low G

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John S. Kinnard Gypsy Jazz Super Tenor

This tenor ukulele is based on the Selmer "Maccaferri" style gypsy guitar.  It has a 19" scale and is tuned down two semi-tones to Bb ( can also be played in standard C tuning).  It has great volume and projection and can be used for virtually any style of musical arrangements.  It has a 1-1/2" nut with a compound radiused fretboard that makes those barre chords easier to make cleanly.  It is a beautiful example of a Maccaferri gypsy style ukulele with minimalist adornments-


Gypsy jazz style cutaway body in Maple

Sitka Spruce top

Maple neck with Selmer style "snakehead" headstock using Gotoh tuners

Tortoise shell binding with 3 line purfling

Traditional "Oval" soundhole with black purfling rosette

​Ebony fretboard and faceplate

Ebony traditional "mustache" bridge with string through design

Side soundport

Bone nut and saddle

19" scale with 1-1/2" nut

Hard case

Price:    $3650

This is a beautiful custom Kinnard Kiku in Cocobolo with a torrified Sitka Spruce top that sounds absolutely amazing.  It has a 20" scale and 1-7/8" nut width.  The cocobolo in the body is matched up with curly Koa binding with our Series 3 mitered purfling motif and features a side soundport to bring the sound up to the players ear.  The torrifed Sitka is a beautiful honey color and matches nicely with the custom floating rosette in abalone that distinguishes it as "Kiku".  For the neck we used Mahogany to match the coloring in the Cocobolo and did our "floating inlay" in Koa.  It incorporates a paddle headstock featuring Gotoh UPT tuner and has an Ebony face plate with the logo inlayed in Mother of Pearl.  The fretboard and bridge are also Ebony and the instrument epitomizes the design mantra of Kinnard ukuleles, "Understated elegance".


Highly figured Cocobolo back and sides  

AAA torrified Sitka top

Mahogany neck with 20" scale

Curly Koa binding with Series 3 mitered purfling

Custom Kiku rosette with Coco and abalone

Ebony faceplate with inlayed logo in MOP

Ebony fretboard and bridge

Side soundport

Bone nut and saddle

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This Series 2 tenor has an amazing set of California Sycamore with a quality Sitka Spruce top.  While it is modest in it's appointments it sounds amazing.  All our ukuleles, regardless if they are a simple Series 1 or an intricate Series 3++, are built to the same exacting tolerences and attention to detail.  This one "my not have bling but it sure does sing"!  Check out the sound sample below:



Sycamore back and sides

Sitka spruce top

Ebony bridge and fretboard

Paddle headstock with Gotoh UPT Tuners

 Ivoroid binding

Herringbone rosette

Ebony faceplate with gold embossed logo

Low G with Worth clear and Fremont "Soloist" low G string

​Bone nut and saddle



  • Kinnard EIR:Cedar Tenor Z.mp32:59

We displayed this uke at the 15th Annual Tokyo Handcrafted Guitar Show and it was very well received.  The design of this very special uke was based on our new Selmer style body and celebrated our trip to Japan with special details and inlays.  This is the fourth instrument in our collector's "Luthier's Reserve" series and not only pays tribute to our Japanese host's country but also acknowledges John Kinnard's 50th year in luthiery with a special inside label.  This is a true, one of a kind collector's uke as there will never be another with these same appointments.  Spec's are found below:

Selmer Maccaferri style cut-away body in Padauk
Torrified Sitka Spruce top
3 piece Maple neck with snakehead slotted headstock with custom relief on backplate
Custom floating neck inlay 
Traditional "D" style sound hole with rosette
Traditional mustache bridge in Ebony with a bone saddle
Maple binding with mitered purfling
Side sound port
19" super tenor scale
Bound Ebony fretboard with Padauk "Torii gate" inlay
Waverly tuners
Bone nut and saddle

Price: $5750

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John S. Kinnard Series 2 Tenor


John S. Kinnard Custom Kiku

Luthier's Reserve #4

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