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Northern Michigan ukuleles strike a chord with customers

A Northern Michigan guitar shop is offering up some custom creations with an instrument that's make an unexpected comeback in popularity.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Walk into the Traverse City Guitar Company and it's easy to be impressed with the wall of 6-string electric guitars just waiting to rock and roll. But right inside the front door you can't help but notice a collection of custom, locally made ukuleles. Company owner Eugene Hansen says right now the 4-string ukuleles are hot with customers across all ages. The ukulele can be easier to learn than a guitar, it's typically more affordable to buy, and its size makes it a possibility for a wide range of would-be musicians.

"Some of the smaller guitars, 3/4 or even 1/2 scales, are still a little too big for some of the youngsters that are showing the interest at 4 or 5 years old. So the ukulele is the perfect instrument for them because it fits them all," says Hansen.

In recent years, the ukulele has boomed in popularity. More companies are starting to mass produce them to meet the growing demand. But Eugene has taken a different approach. He crafts the instruments one at a time with a truly northern Michigan flair.

To see how he does that, please watch the video above.

To learn more about North Coast Ukulele and the Traverse City Guitar Company click here.

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