RENAISSANCE GUITAR AND UKULELE WORKS
New to Renaissance Ukulele is the addition of Lanaki instruments.
While I love Ohana, Lanaki offers something unique, a wider neck and fret / finger board. For those who feel the standard size is a bit crowded, these just might be the trick. Their fit and finish are top notch. They don't offer quite the variety and selection of Ohana, but if you're looking for that wider feel I'm sure you can find something you'll be pleased with.
Still dear to my heart are Ohana Ukuleles.
From my research I believe they are some of the best Ukulele on the market within their price point.
They have been really great to work with and I am excited to start getting the products in and get my hands on them.
Rather than try to stock their full product line I will have on hand the 4 standard sizes. Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritone. They will all have my "Pro Level Set Up" and you can try them to see what size suits your needs the best. From there I can help you pick the right instrument based on your budget and expectations. I have also added select Ukes for demos including a 10 series Pineapple in Concert so you can feel and hear the difference a Pineapple makes. Also added the 70R series in Tenor and Concert so you can experience the difference a solid top makes.
You can find the outstanding Ohana instruments at
They have a full range from starter / beginner Ukes to high end solid wood Limited Edition collections.
Renaissance Guitar and Ukulele Works is an extension of my love of musical instruments for over 50 years. I've been building custom guitars and bass's out of my shop Renaissance Fine Framing for about 14 years now. Doing set ups and tech work for existing customers in the neighborhood and helping them with their instrument questions.
I have focused on solid body building and advanced set ups, and if needed I can refer customers to an excellent Luthier if customers need structural work on acoustic instruments.
I have developed methods for advanced setups including Mirror Polished Fretwork.
This goes well beyond most shops "fret level and dressing".
It does take a lot of time and like anything else time is money, so I offer standard level and dressing as well.
I have recently fallen in love with Ukulele, both the instrument and the culture.
They are amazingly simple but like all instruments the magic is in the details.
What I have found in my own quest has been how poorly most instrument are set up when you get them. Some dealers, distributors and sites are better than others and there are a couple that are really good. Even their work can be improved upon because they have to balance quality & time within a given price point. It can take 2-3 hours to do a "Pro Level Set Up" on a Guitar, Bass, or Ukulele.
No one in their right mind would include that in their instruments basic setups.
With that in mind almost any instrument can be improved on with a great setup. The playability, called "Action" effect's how easy the instrument is to play. This is mostly the string height and is adjusted by the nut, the bridge or saddle height and the truss rod adjustment if one is present.
It does have an effect on sound to some extent, usually the intonation if adjustable, but the real benefit is in how much more enjoyable the instrument is to play.
Now for the excessively anal retentive like myself, having the frets mirror polished looks so damn KOOL and feels amazing.
Tone can be subjective. Purity of tone isn't.
While I admire glossy finish's and how lovely they can make the wood look, depending on how they are applied they can be the enemy of resonance and resonance is what creates that purity of tone.
For my build's I could use those, but I won't. I prefer good ol' "Nitro" for my electric builds.
On newer acoustics instruments catalyzed gloss "Poly" finish's are being used now as well as thin satin Poly finish's.
A note on "Gloss" finish's. As I said many companies have gone to catalyzed glossy "Poly" finish's they make the wood look good and for them they help seal and protect the wood and reduce failure issues. They can range from really thick to a "thin". But that "Poly" / plasticy finish is the enemy of good tone. They also usually use a grain filler or "sanding sealer" to level the woods surface so you don't see the grain irregularities. Both of those products can reduce the woods ability to resonate freely. Most would never even notice this until they are made aware of it or they tap test the instrument.
The age old option is to use many thin coats, sanding (leveling) in between each coat and slowly building up the finish.
This will be much thinner than the heavy single coat catalyzed finish's on less expensive instruments or when the company feels they can get away with it.
This is the method Ohana uses on their finer instruments. It can take several weeks instead of an hour or two, but you will hear a noticeable difference.
I am happy to share my $.02 on Guitar, Bass and Ukulele design and construction.
One of gifts is learning equipment and materials, I was the Service Manager for Southern Fastener and Tool and worked on every kind of construction tool available.
I rebuilt all the equipment in my framing and wood shops.
I spent years working at Wood Workers Supply working with sawdust makers and wood workers across the country.
My passion is the pursuit of perfection. And in instruments that comes down to tone and playability.
I've spent my entire adult life woodworking and working on and building everything from Picture Framing, Motorcycles, Cars, and Bicycles to Motorhomes/RV's and Solar. Guitars, Bass's and Drums.
I've been building custom picture frames for almost 20 years and my reputation for quality and attention to detail speaks for itself.
The same goes for my Guitar, Bass and Ukulele work.