Figured Sycamore and Bunnies Grace this Custom Soprano Ukulele
Features: Soprano ukulele body with 15″ concert scale; Sycamore back and sides; Englemann Spruce top; Ebony fretboard, bridge, headplate, binding; Mahogany neck; custom inlay by inlay artist Craig Lavin; bone nut and saddle; side soundport
Advanced Ukulele Building Course – Available Online Soon
Jay has joined forces with Robbie O’Brien! Robbie is perhaps best known for his video series Luthier Tips du Jour, which has been running now for ten years, has hundreds of episodes and has over 7.5 million views on YouTube. He is a dedicated teacher who offers a tremendous amount of free and paid content online and who has taught hundreds of students guitar and ukulele building skills in is Colorado shop.
We are excited to share that The Advanced Ukulele Building Course, taught by Jay and filmed and produced by Robbie in the shop at Lichty Guitars will be available soon via O’Brien Guitars Online Courses. This course covers Jay building a ukulele every step of the way. From his long scale tenor ukulele plans, to his shop set-up and jigs, to his tips on working efficiently from task to task and more – this course covers it all and offers valuable content for both new and experienced builders. It’s educational and entertaining!
Jay Lichty - Advanced Ukulele Building Course Intro - YouTube
Long Scale Koa Tenor Ukulele for Sale
Jay strives to build 1-2 ukuleles each year that are available for purchase, beyond the custom builds. This stunning Koa long scale tenor ukulele crafted during the filming of this course is one such instrument. Learn more.
Features: 19″ scale Low G tenor ukulele body with cutaway; all Koa back, sides, top and headplate; Mahogany neck; soundhole rosette; Ebony fretboard and bridge; slotted headstock; bone nut and saddle with zero fret; Waverly tuners
If a ukulele is placed in the hands of a hospitalized child, a miracle begins to occur. Pain will subside. A smile will appear on a child’s face. The fingers will touch a beautiful instrument of smooth and polished wood. They will feel and hear the soft vibrations of 4 nylon strings. A Board Certified Music Therapist will teach them how to play a song. They will anxiously look forward to another lesson. While watching, the parents will momentarily be transformed to a joyful place. And when each child leaves the hospital, they will be given their ukulele to take home as a gift of music for life.
Music Heals. This is a fact. This is medicine.
We’re proud to be a part of an organization made up of truly good people doing such good work! We first learned about UKC via our participation in the Luthiers for a Cause project. Over the course of a year (2017) six world-class luthiers built six one-of-a-kind ukuleles that were ultimately sold as a collection raising over $130,000 forThe Ukulele Kids Club!
What we’ve come to realize is that the money raised via LFC is amazing and too, the need is far greater. That is why we’ve made an ongoing commitment as Advisory Board members to contribute in all ways we can to help raise awareness about the benefits of music therapy and the healing power for sick children of ukulele. You can see from the UKC map, which represents the hospitals across the country being served, that they are making a meaningful difference. What is compelling to us is that for every one hospital benefiting from UKC, there are many hospitals requesting UKC support and ukuleles and that means children who are missing out.
It is pretty simple –
For every $40 donated to UKC a child has the opportunity to work with a music therapist while in the hospital and to take their uke home. This experience can do worlds to facilitate their healing and happiness in the midst of a hard time.
For every $200 a new hospital can receive five ukes and the support needed to get started.
We all have “our causes” … those organizations and projects that we contribute time and/or dollars to. At the same time it can feel overwhelming … the number of compelling causes we’d like to help out. Our hope is that as you learn more about UKC, that you add this to your list of causes and make a contribution of $40, $200 or whatever you are able.