Mya-Moe Ukuleles

Mya-Moe Ukuleles
Mya-Moe Ukuleles
Traditional Model

Tenor Ukulele in Mahogany wood

Mya-Moe Ukuleles, LLC is an American ukulele manufacturer established in 2008. The company’s headquarters and primary workshop are in White Salmon, Washington, located in the Columbia River Gorge.[1]

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Instruments

Variety of woods

Mya-Moe ukuleles have been built from over 20 woods including traditional koa as well as myrtlewood (Umbellularia) found only in the local southern Oregon and northern Californian coasts.

Mya-Moe Ukuleles are available in six different models.

  • The Classic is available in soprano, super soprano (soprano body with long neck), concert, tenor, and baritone sizes. The Classic Model's features include body and fretboard wood bindings, abalone rosette and fretboard inlays, choice of 20 exotic and domestic woods.
  • The Tradition Model is a lower cost option available in soprano, super soprano, concert, and tenor sizes. The Traditional Model is manufactured from koa, mango, myrtle, and mahogany wood.
  • The Pineapple Model was introduced in October 2011, available in 3 sizes.
  • The Resonator Model is available in concert and tenor sizes. Its resonator utilizes a thin aluminum cone to passively amplify the instrument.
  • The Beansprout Banjo was introduced in October 2011 in two sizes.
  • The Lap Steel Model is available in tenor and baritone sizes. Its resonator is made to play across the lap with a slide. It has steel strings, a square neck, and a raised nut.

Headstock Design

Standard headstock of leopardwood and maple wood

Mya-Moe’s signature headstock is usually made of leopardwood (Flindersia maculosa) and maple wood but can be customized with different woods or having a slotted headstock.

Ukulele Production

Once an instrument begins the 14-step production cycle, daily progress can be viewed on the UkeTracker page of the Mya-Moe website as photos are taken for each step. This tool is the first of its kind in the arena of instrument building.[2]

Famous Endorsements

Mya-Moe has created more than 500 ukuleles for amateur and professional musicians around the world, including Eddie Vedder,[3] Dave Matthews, Mumford & Sons,[4] Trey Anastasio (Phish), Ben Harper, Florence + the Machine, James Hill,[5] and The Decemberists.[6]

References

  1. ^ Oregon Music News
  2. ^ Clark, Jack. "Using the Internet to Increase Customer Satisfaction: A Case Study on the Evolution of Mya-Moe Ukuleles." Guitarmaker Magazine Summer 2011: 34-36. print.
  3. ^ Hood River Buzz
  4. ^ "Mumford & Sons: God, Beer & Banjos." Rolling Stone Magazine 4 August 2011: 50. print.
  5. ^ James Hill's slide ukulele
  6. ^ Ukulele Hunt interview with Gordon Mayer

External links

  • Listing of artists who play Mya-Moe Ukulele [1]

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