to Pereyra Ukuleles!
Hi, I am Jon Perry
and I am a luthier of Handmade Custom Ukuleles located
in Bradenton, FL. As a musician and someone who has worked with wood
since I was young, I began creating Ukuleles several years ago.
Having previously built electric basses and guitars along with
fine cabinetry, I decided to start crafting acoustic stringed
intruments. I studied the construction and design required to build
Ukuleles. Investing in some more equipment and specialized tools, I
began creating exotic wood custom handmade Ukes. Constructing
primarily Tenor size, I select
individual pieces of wood based on the tonal qualities, as well as
their inherent beauty as exotic woods.
Each Uke has an individually choosen combination of woods. Some of the
exotic woods used include: Koa, Myrtlewood, Quilted Sycamore,
Mahogany, Maple, Mango, Walnut, Macassar Ebony, Redwood, Sitka Spruce and others. These may
come in quilted, figured or spalted varieties. The beauty of these
woods adds to the unique character of looks and sound of each Uke I
hand craft. No two Ukes are the same. You can be confident you have one
of a kind if you own a Pereyra Uke.
I use a few
different designs, like the Kasha braced dual soundhole style as shown
to the left, to standard braced, center soundhole type you are familiar
with. Headstocks can be made standard or slotted. Necks are generally
constructed of Honduran Mahogany, or birdseye maple with Indian
Rosewood fingerboards. I recently aquired
a limited amount of some very rare, 100 to 200 year old 'sinker'
Mahogany, retrieved from a river bottom in Belize. This is a very
beautiful and rare chocolate colored variation of Honduran Mahogany.
This characteristic only occurs after many years exposed to the
elements in the tropical river
bottoms. Only a small amount of the logs will become Caracolillo, and
even then, it may only be parts of the log. I will be using this wood
in some upcoming exotic Ukes yet to
I use only top quality materials, including Gotoh
tuners and carbon rods for neck reinforcement. I radius the fretboards
for a smoother, more comfortable feel.
Please check back soon for the latest updates of finished Ukes. I am
revising this website and will post new photos as they become
available. I am currently selling the Ukes locally, but I am exploring
other options also.
Thanks and keep the music flowing!
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