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Boat Paddle Ukulele Co. offers original design made-to-order ukuleles for the player looking for a higher quality instrument than is generally available . We have "reinvented"
the ukulele in our six basic styles: 12 Fret, A-Style, Kayak, M-Style ML-Style and Traditional. These ukuleles have been designed from the inside out so that they sound as good as they look.
We also offer a ten day money-back guarantee on all custom builds (excluding those with personal inlay). Let us know what your requirements are and we
will personalize a ukulele to fit your individual needs. Email us or call 573-237-5889 to order.
12 Fret Available in concert and tenor scale lengths, the 12 Fret features very strong ultra light construction that increases sustain and volume without sacrificing sound quality. Additional design features include solid wood throughout, 4 element fan bracing and integrated neck and body construction. Options include custom inlay and pickup. Base price: concert $550, tenor $650.
A-Style Available in soprano and concert scale lengths, the A-Style has the same integrated neck and body construction as the 12 fret, but with a larger body and total of 20 frets. The larger body helps further refine the tone for a fuller sound. Options include custom inlay and pickup. Base price: soprano $550, concert $590.
Kayak Available in soprano, concert and tenor scale lengths, the Kayak is a professional quality ukulele that's strong on quality, style and great sound. They are made with solid premium quality wood and crafted for the best sound and set up. Options include wood choice, custom inlay and pickup. Base price: soprano $590, concert $695, tenor $875.
M-Style Available in soprano, concert, tenor and baritone (20.25" or 19") scale lengths the M style is a ukulele built with the serious player in mind. Classical guitar inspired bracing translates string overtones for a full rich sound. The sky's the limit on options that include custom fitted case, custom inlay, figured wood, gloss finish, electronics and more. Base price: soprano $590, concert $695, tenor $875, baritone $1050.
ML-Style Available in soprano, concert and tenor scale lengths the ML style features a larger body for a fuller sound that favors the bass end of its range. Options are the same as M-Style, including custom fitted case, custom inlay, figured wood, gloss finish, electronics and more. Base price: soprano $665, concert $770, tenor $950.
T and D Style Available in concert and tenor scale lengths, BP T style ukuleles are patterned off Martin's classic design, but include BP's reverse heel neck joint and 4 element fan bracing. The D style features an exclusive body shape and rich tone that's hard to beat. Options include custom inlay, figured wood, gloss finish, electronics and more. Base price: T style concert $695, tenor $875. D Style tenor $975.
Base price specifications and options
solid AA spruce, western red cedar, or mahogany top
solid AA mahogany or walnut back and sides
ebony fretboard and bridge
Grover open gear ukulele tuners
1 3/8" pinned nut
mahogany or walnut head plate with branded logo
padded gig bag
Extra cost options
wood binding -$75 (top and back)
wood binding and purfling -$85
fret board binding -$40
AAA or AAAA wood -price based on species
pearl head plate logo inlay and dot markers -$45
pearl head plate logo inlay and thumbnail markers -$65
slotted head stock with grover 18:1 guitar tuners $95
custom inlay -price based on material and design
satin lacquer finish $150
polished lacquer finish $180
5 string (octave G pair) $45
1 1/2" nut (wide fret board) $25
Grover open gear guitar tuners $18 ea.
Grover Rotomatic Mini tuners $12 ea.
Peghed 4:1 pegs $22 ea.
MiSi Acoustic Trio pickup $120
Other options available - please inquire
All Styles Click here for a pdf showing all currently available styles and scale lengths.
BPUC uses Worth flourocarbon strings.
Below are detail photos of previous custom built instruments. If you see something you like (or something else you have in mind), contact us, and we'll work together to build a ukulele that suits your needs.