Design & Custom Order Kinnard Series 2 Soprano (an HMS Exclusive!) - Starting @

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Design & Custom Order Kinnard Series 2 Soprano (an HMS Exclusive!) - Starting @

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Design Your Own Kinnard Series 2 Custom Soprano 

** For Series 1 or Series 3 Orders, Contact Andrew **

It's a treat to showcase the fantastic musical quality and craftsmanship California-luthier John Kinnard offers in every one of his instruments. We were so impressed when we checked out our very first Kinnard soprano that we secured an exclusive on them. Andrew bought that first one and enjoys playing it daily. He called it his “Holy Grail for a soprano… the best soprano I’ve ever played and I’ve wanted something like this for a long time.” 

John can only supply us with a limited number of these very special sopranos each year. If you’re looking for a soprano with some serious tone, don’t delay! The wait time on these is typically 6-8 months, which is quite reasonable for a word-class instrument.

Working out of his one-man shop, John builds and finishes every detail on his ukuleles. They not only look stunning when completed, they also possess something that mass produced instruments lack: the soul of the luthier. And it really shines through in the tone. The body is a little deeper and the lower bout is a little wider than the average soprano but it fits perfectly into a Crossrock Fiberglass soprano case, so it travels really well. It sustains like a tenor and has such wonderful balance and articulation all over the neck.

John has been building guitars, mandolins and ukuleles in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. Like many artists, his creativity spills over into other mediums including painting and jewelry making. These talents have helped make him themaster luthier he is today. From painting he developed an eye for proportion and style. From designing and making jewelry it trained him to look for the smallest flaws. In fact, while building John wears 5x magnification goggles which help him build with an incredible attention to detail that has become the hallmark of his work as a luthier.   

With the options here you can put together your own custom just how you want it! Selecting options is fun for most folks but can also be overwhelming for others. That is why we make some options, well, optional. You can simply select "Luthier’s Choice." 

Below are several examples of previously delivered Series 2 Custom sopranos. They are examples for your reference as you put together a custom order. Choose your woods, choose from the upgrade options, and then pay the deposit. Now the hard part.... waiting! But rest assured, you will soon have a very special soprano ukulele!

Remember, the video sound samples here are recorded for true reference and have no alteration or enhancement. Use quality speakers or headphones to best hear the differences.

(Pictures 1-6) Western Red Cedar Top ~ Claro Walnut Body ~ Sound Port (upgrade) ~ Faux Tortoise Binding ~ Ebony Fretboard (1 1/2"), Bridge, & Faceplate ~ Shaped Fretboard End (upgrade) ~ Herringbone Rosette ~ Herringbone Rear Center Strip ~ Walnut Satin Neck ~ Gotoh UPT's in Black

(Pics 7-12) Western Red Cedar Top ~ Claro Walnut Body & Faceplate ~ Koa Binding (upgrade) ~ Rosewood Fretboard & Bridge ~ Walnut Neck ~ Gotoh UPT's in Black



 (Pics 13-18) Sinker Redwood Top ~ Palo Escrito Body & Faceplate with Embossed Logo (upgrade)  ~ Custom Abalone Rosette (upgrade) ~ Sound Port (upgrade) Rosewood Fretboard, Bridge & Tailistrip ~ Mahogany Neck ~ Gotoh UPT's in Black


What you get with a John S. Kinnard ukulele is a world-class instrument made and finished by one master luthier. You will enjoy this special instrument for life!

Additional Information

While you upgrade certain features, all Series 2 customer ukes feature:

  • Choice wood selection
  • High gloss, two-part lacquer finish
  • Full body ivoroid or faux tortoise binding and matching purfling
  • Rosewood bound fingerboard and bridge
  • Rosewood tail strip
  • Ebony or matching wood faceplate
  • Herringbone or three ring sound hole rosette
  • Gotoh UPT tuning machines in black
  • Side markers
  • Fretboard markers
  • โ€‹Deluxe wooden hardcase

This ukulele comes with a deluxe wooden hardcase but you can upgrade to the Crossrock 1000 for the ultimate in lightweight, portable protection!

Extra Options

* This uke includes the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18). This is required if you live in a low humidity area (parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, etc.) or areas with winter seasons, especially if you heat the air in your home. For more info see our Ukulele Care page. 

* Put a note in the Special Instructions if you would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything (e.g., “Please setup low G”). 

* Under the Accessories tab you can also customize this instrument by adding strap button(s) or your choice of pickup for plugging in. We recommend either the MiSi or the LR Baggs pickup for this ukulele. 

* After adding this instrument to your cart, you can shop further to take advantage of great deals on Ukulele Accessories.

* With the purchase of this ukulele you won't pay shipping! Before it is shipped, your instrument will go through our setup department so that you get the best instrument for your money. For more information on our setup process, turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below in our footer.


Brand Kinnard

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