1. Studio Recording with Jeff Linsky
    Guitar: Custom R.W. Scheurenbrand Guitar
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    A native of Southern California, Jeff Linsky discovered the guitar at the age of ten. His passion for the instrument was immediately apparent, as he taught himself to play everything he heard by ear, from the popular music on the radio and television to his own interpretations of classical symphonies. This passion, and the resultant ear training and dexterity he gained from it, did not go unnoticed. Local music store owner and respected guitarist Gene Leis took an interest in Jeff's playing. Gene introduced Jeff to many of the top studio guitarists in Los Angeles at the time, including Laurindo Almeida, Tommy Tedesco, Johnny deRose, Jimmy Stewart, Ron Anthony, Vicente Gomez, and Joe Pass. Spending time with these accomplished musicians proved highly educational. In particular, Jeff took time to study with both Spanish guitar virtuoso Vicente Gomez and jazz great Joe Pass.

    By the age of 17, Jeff was already touring as a professional sideman, sharing the stage with pop groups like The Grass Roots and The Standells. At 19, he decided to focus on combining his classical guitar technique with his interest in improvisation and jazz, and began his world travels as a solo guitarist. Jeff "paid his dues" performing in such remote outposts as the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean, never once complaining about having to spend another winter in Bora Bora or another summer in the South of France. In Eastern Europe, Jeff met and performed with popular gypsy jazz violinist Markus Reinhardt (Django's nephew). In Hawaii, Jeff played with the legendary ukulele artist Ohta-San, as well as many other Hawaiian music stars. In Brazil, Jeff recorded with bossa nova pioneer Sergio Augusto and appeared internationally with other prominent Brazilian artists, including guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima and vocalist Claudia Villela (who is featured on some of Jeff's recordings). In Japan, Asturias Guitars produced the Jeff Linsky Model Requinto, a smaller guitar that Jeff performed and recorded with for several years.

    In 1988, Jeff signed with Concord Records, releasing the classic CD "Up Late" the same year. Of that popular recording, Jazz Scene Magazine raved: "If, for some unfathomable reason, Latin Jazz has not yet gotten into your blood or touched your soul, then this is the album that will make you a believer!"
    Jeff continued to compose in a Latin jazz style on his next project, "Simpatico" (GSPJAZ), featuring former Weather Report alumni Alex Acuna on drums and Alphonso Johnson on the bass. "Simpatico" was highly acclaimed as well, garnering a nomination for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Although Jeff's next several CD's varied in style, from the more jazzy, improvised CD “Solo” (GSPJAZ), recognized as a Top Ten CD in Downbeat Magazine's Critics' Poll and included in The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time, to the contemporary jazz/pop project, Passport to the Heart (Concord), Jeff is still perhaps best known as a Latin Jazz artist. The Mel Bay Folio and DVD, Jeff Linsky/Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar Solos, significantly reinforces that perception, featuring Jeff's original compositions in performance with the noted percussionist Michael Spiro. Jeff's recent recording, "Guitarra Latina Romántica" further supports his Latin connection. Jeff was even given the title of "Honorary Hispanic" by Latin Beat Magazine.

    For more than four decades, Jeff Linsky has traveled the world with his guitar, recording several critically acclaimed albums along the way. His guitar is featured on many recordings for other musicians and composers, as well, and on several compilation albums for Concord Jazz. With his endless repertoire, wonderful improvisational skills, a dry sense of humor and warm stage presence, Jeff has played many of the world's finest concert halls and has been invited to perform privately for Presidents and Royalty. Also an award-winning composer, Jeff's music is featured in film and television in the US and abroad. Recently, Jeff has added performances and recordings on the ukulele to his repertoire, including a successful concert tour of China playing jazz ukulele duets with ukulele star Abe Lagrimas, Jr.

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    Custom R.W. Scheurenbrand Guitar

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  2. Custom Moore Bettah Tenor Ukulele - 'Hawaiian Koa'
    Artist: Kimo Hussey
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    Custom Moore Bettah Ukulele - 'Koi Inlay'. Beautiful custom Moore Bettah 'Koi' Tenor Ukulele handcrafted by master luthier Chuck Moore of the Big Island, HI. Chuck handcrafts some of not only the most aesthetically pleasing ukuleles available on the market but also professional recording level instruments for both the professional musician and recreational player.

    This wonderful and extremely rare Moore Bettah tenor ukulele was crafted from the finest materials. Gorgeous master grade Hawaiian curly Koa wood top, back, and sides, East-Indian Rosewood fretboard and bridge, Maple wood and Rosewood top and back rope binding with matching rope wood rosette. The neck was hand-carved from Spanish Cedar wood and is carbon fiber reinforced for added stability. Side sound port for monitor-like experience. The soundboard, back, and side of the body boasts an elegant black purfling line. Gorgeous recon stone and mother-of-pearl shell 'Koi' inlay on the headstock for aesthetic appeal. Musicians grade high gloss nitrocellulose finish.

    Wonderful warm tone with excellent sustain, clarity, and projection. The instrument is very well balanced tonally all the way up the neck and spot on intonation as well. Highly recommended player piece. And this is as good as it gets for recording artists, weekend giggers, and the uke-lover at heart!

    More details and photos at: ukulelefriend.com/ukes/custom-moore-bettah-tenor-ukulele-5/

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  3. Custom Pegasus Tenor Ukulele - 'Myrtle Wood & Redwood'
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    Custom ukuleles by Pegasus Ukuleles. Beautiful Pre-owned Pegasus 4-String Tenor Ukulele handcrafted in the classic shape by luthier Bob Gleason of Kurtistown, HI. Bob handcrafts some of not only the most aesthetically pleasing ukuleles available on the market but also professional recording level instruments for both the professional musician and recreational player.

    Built in the classic shape rather than the traditional shape, the classic shape has a more rounded lower bout. The top is handcarved from master grade curly Redwood and the back and sides are of Pacific Coast Myrtle wood, one of North America's most exotic woods and known for possessing tonal qualities similar to Maple wood - clear and bright with nice projection but slightly more round.

    Gorgeous Bloodwood top and back binding show an elegant contrast with the Myrtle wood and tie in the beautifully to the Redwood soundboard. The neck has been carved from Honduras mahogany for added structural integrity and sustain. The fretboard has been slightly radiused for ease of play on the wrist angle of the player and is crafted of musicians-grade rosewood. There is an abalone rosette and mother-of-pearl ‘Pegasus’ inlay on the headstock with abalone shell position markers. The heel cap also has a hand-cut piece of abalone shell and the logo cut of mother-of-pearl as a signature mark of Pegasus Ukuleles. All the shell inlay is solid shell. No laminates were used. The tuners are Grover gold mini-Rotomatics geared tuners with black buttons for precise tuning. Five-0 pick up for quick plug and play.

    All of Bob’s ukuleles are meticulously crafted from the finest materials and with stunning attention to detail. They are amongst the most sought after ukuleles and yet some of the most difficult to acquire. A true work of art aesthetically with some of the cleanest luthiery techniques employed by the 21st century ukulele luthier. A side sound port has also been implemented for monitor-like performance for the player. Bob’s instruments have perfectly set intonation, are very cleanly built, and offer precise tones all the way up the neck. Nice crisp and clean notes all the way up the neck. Deep lows with a nice balanced mid-rage and crispy high notes as well.

    Pegasus Ukuleles are handcrafted with all the warmth of true ‘Aloha’. Nothing but the best in high end custom ukuleles from Bob Gleason!!!

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  4. Oulcraft Longneck Soprano Ukulele - 'Hawaiian Koa'
    Artist: Kalei Gamiao
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    Kalei Gamiao Biography
    With 3 completed nominated albums to his name Kalei Gamiao been at the forefront of today’s ukulele revolution since 2008 when his debut album, “Contemporary Ukulele,” kicked up the demand for performances in the U.S market. After the release of his second album entitled “Redefined” in 2012 a greater demand for more of his music and performances exposed Kalei to hundreds of thousands of ukulele enthusiasts from around the world as he continues to tour countries such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S mainland. When his third album “Merry Ukulele Christmas” released in 2013 as a seasonal project it propelled and broadened Kalei’s repertoire to new levels as many web and social media sites provide instant access for his fans to stay connected to his music and the explosive world-wide popularity of the ukulele. With the release of his 4th latest album “These Moments” in 2016 he has already traveled and performed in different parts of the world to share his passion for music.

    As a true ukulele virtuoso he sums it up by saying….. “My ukulele expresses every word and emotion. I love to create and share my musical journeys for everyone to enjoy”.

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    Oulcraft Longneck Soprano Ukulele
    Ukulele Guild of Hawaii (UGH) luthier, Jungtae Kim, established his business of handcrafted ukuleles under the tutelage of world renowned UGH ukulele and guitar luthier, Takahashi Shinji of Japan's famed T's Ukuleles and custom line, Seilen Ukulele. Jungtae, together with his wife, Seoyoon Na, who oversees the aesthetics in design behind each build and his younger brother, Hyuntae, who manages the ideation process - the team handcrafts both base model ukuleles with a custom flair and fully handcrafted custom ukuleles out of Korea under the provenance of 'Oulcraft'.

    This progressive longneck Hawaiian Koa wood soprano ukulele (KOUL) was meticulously handcrafted with a simple but elegant theme in mind. Wonderful attention to detail by luthier, Jungtae Kim, the lines of this instrument are very attractive. It boasts a Spanish Cedar neck, which allows for increased structural integrity at a fraction of the weight of its more commonly employed Mahogany or Koa wood necks, an Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge with a classy Owl or 'Oul' feather mother of pearl half-rosette.

    Gorgeous Oulcraft logo at the headstock and a thin urethane finish that yields the natural characteristics of the Hawaiian Koa wood. Professional open geared Gotoh UK 700 tuners for smooth and precise tuning. Beautiful mother-of-pearl waxing and waning moons tastefully inlaid on position markers on 5,7,10,12, and 15.

    This instrument is surprisingly light in weight and similar in projection, responsiveness, clarity and tone to a custom Kanile'a ukulele. The workmanship is impeccable and the instrument is easy to cradle and hold when being played. The instrument employs a lattice brace system on the underside of the soundboard with a small but refined bridge footprint, enabling for optimum 'excitement' of the soundboard as transference of energy from the strings to the bridge to the soundboard occurs when being played. This custom Oulcraft ukulele is wonderful for both fingerpicking and strumming and has excellent clarity, sustain, and projection while offering wonderful separation from one note to the next. A highly recommended custom ukulele from one of UGH's newest members, Jungtae Kim.

    More details and photos at: ukulelefriend.com/ukes/oulcraft-ukulele-2/

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  5. Oulcraft Longneck Soprano Ukulele - 'African Mahogany'
    Featured Artist: Kalei Gamiao
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    Kalei Gamiao Biography
    With 3 completed nominated albums to his name Kalei Gamiao been at the forefront of today’s ukulele revolution since 2008 when his debut album, “Contemporary Ukulele,” kicked up the demand for performances in the U.S market. After the release of his second album entitled “Redefined” in 2012 a greater demand for more of his music and performances exposed Kalei to hundreds of thousands of ukulele enthusiasts from around the world as he continues to tour countries such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S mainland. When his third album “Merry Ukulele Christmas” released in 2013 as a seasonal project it propelled and broadened Kalei’s repertoire to new levels as many web and social media sites provide instant access for his fans to stay connected to his music and the explosive world-wide popularity of the ukulele. With the release of his 4th latest album “These Moments” in 2016 he has already traveled and performed in different parts of the world to share his passion for music.

    As a true ukulele virtuoso he sums it up by saying….. “My ukulele expresses every word and emotion. I love to create and share my musical journeys for everyone to enjoy”.

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    Oulcraft Longneck Soprano Ukulele
    Ukulele Guild of Hawaii (UGH) luthier, Jungtae Kim, established his business of handcrafted ukuleles under the tutelage of world renowned UGH ukulele and guitar luthier, Takahashi Shinji of Japan's famed T's Ukuleles and custom line, Seilen Ukulele. Jungtae, together with his wife, Seoyoon Na, who oversees the aesthetics in design behind each build and his younger brother, Hyuntae, who manages the ideation process - the team handcrafts both base model ukuleles with a custom flair and fully handcrafted custom ukuleles out of Korea under the provenance of 'Oulcraft'.

    This progressive longneck African Mahogany wood soprano ukulele (MOUL) was meticulously handcrafted with a simple but elegant theme in mind. Wonderful attention to detail by luthier, Jungtae Kim, the lines of this instrument are very attractive. It boasts a Spanish Cedar neck, which allows for increased structural integrity at a fraction of the weight of its more commonly employed Mahogany or Koa wood necks, an Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge with a classy Owl or 'Oul' feather mother of pearl half-rosette.

    Gorgeous Oulcraft logo at the headstock and a thin urethane finish that yields the natural characteristics of the Hawaiian Koa wood. Professional open geared Gotoh UK 700 tuners for smooth and precise tuning. Beautiful mother-of-pearl waxing and waning moons tastefully inlaid on position markers on 5,7,10,12, and 15.

    This instrument is surprisingly light in weight and similar in projection, responsiveness, clarity and tone to a custom Kanile'a ukulele. The workmanship is impeccable and the instrument is easy to cradle and hold when being played. The instrument employs a lattice brace system on the underside of the soundboard with a small but refined bridge footprint, enabling for optimum 'excitement' of the soundboard as transference of energy from the strings to the bridge to the soundboard occurs when being played. This custom Oulcraft ukulele is wonderful for both fingerpicking and strumming and has excellent clarity, sustain, and projection while offering wonderful separation from one note to the next. A highly recommended custom ukulele from one of UGH's newest members, Jungtae Kim.

    Please note that there is a thin plastic pick guard on the upper bout of this instrument. It is simply placed on to protect the instrument from strumming and there is no adhesive holding the pick guard down. If preferred, it can simply be removed with no difficulty or resistance.

    More details and photos at: ukulelefriend.com/ukes/oulcraft-ukulele-3/

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