Every custom ukulele that luthier Jay Lichty builds is crafted to satisfy the individual player’s vision and style. Working with Jay to design your custom built ukulele is a personalized process, focused on refining every detail until your ideal look, tone and playability are achieved. You will be an integral part of the creative journey as together you design your dream ukulele.
Getting Started on Your Custom Ukulele
When you order your Lichty ukulele, you will have an opportunity to choose every detail, from shape, model, tonewoods and headstock design, to electronics and tuners.
Hear Jay describe a bit about the custom instrument process and why folks may choose a custom Lichty …
Steps in the process:
- Select the model that fits your style of play. Jay currently builds seven different models and is continually working up new designs. He will be happy to discuss this with you.
- Choose the set of wood that you would like Jay to use for the back and sides from our tonewoods galleries. We currently have over two dozens species of woods that Jay works with.
- Decide on the options you would like. From visual details like binding and rosette to functional options like an armrest bevel or side soundport: you get to choose.
- Determine an estimate of the cost of your custom Lichty via our Price Estimator.
- Get in touch with Jay. He’ll answer your questions, talk over your ideas with you and let you know what his build schedule looks like.
Jay builds a wide variety of ukulele models and sizes because he personally loves to play everything from a concert to a baritone to a Baby Bard. Discuss your playing style with Jay to pick the model that is right for you.
We have an extensive collection of premium domestic and exotic tonewoods that are stacked, dried and ready for use. In our ukulele tonewood galleries we feature every available set in stock for you to choose from.
Why chose Jay to build your custom ukulele?
Well, for starters …
- Jay has built over 230 instruments (roughly half and half guitars and ukes) and the majority of these instruments have been custom-crafted to order.
- Many of our customers are the proud owners of more than one custom Lichty because they were off-the-charts-happy with their first one. We think that says a lot!
- We offer a Lifetime Warranty.
- We always say that the fit between builder and customer has to be right. Hey, if you’re having a custom ukulele made the process should be fun! Most folks find that Jay is a pleasure to get to know and to work with.
Read more – What chose a Lichty?
Don’t take our word for it. Read what some of our customers have to say …
“I LOVE this baritone UKULELE!!! Honestly, the instrument is so gorgeous! The colors and marvelous grain are absolutely beautiful and blend wonderfully together. The fit and finish of this instrument are wonderful- so smooth, with tight joints and no glue or finish blemishes anywhere! The braces are so delicate and thin. But it’s the sound that is the most wonderful of all! You really did an outstanding job, Jay, and I truly appreciate the effort and resulting high quality.” – Martha Carlisle, Maine
How much will it cost? While price varies given all of the choices in features and options, as a reference, the base price for a custom Lichty ukulele is $3,500. You can get an estimate of the cost for your customized ukulele via our handy Price Calculator.
Ukuleles for Sale
While we strive to have ukuleles in stock and available for immediate purchase, honestly, we have a hard time keeping any on hand. They typically sell as soon as they are listed. Check our For Sale page and you might get lucky.
Works in Progress in the Luthier Shop
One of the many things that makes ordering a custom Lichty ukulele unique is being able to follow a photo journal of the building of your ukulele. We post photos along the way and you also will receive a set of images with delivery of your ukulele.
Step into our luthier shop to see the current projects Jay is working on.
Custom Ukulele Photography Gallery
- Visit our Master Gallery page to see custom ukuleles, guitars and ukes built by workshop students and more.
Jay welcomes your call or email anytime to discuss your ideal instrument and to explore all of the custom guitar options available.