Instruments

Though I have built, and continue to build, a wide range of acoustic instruments my focus these days centres on the three models you will find on this page.
Please visit the Gallery section for examples of recent instruments. View currently available instruments.
Audio recordings can be found in the general media section.

The L.J. Williams Signature Series is my line of instruments that include ancient kauri for the back/sides and neck of the instrument. The Signature Series brings together the neck, back and sides to showcase this remarkable timber in an exceptional instrument...
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Tui

Designed for the fingerstylist, the Tui has superb balance and clarity of tone. It has a wide dynamic range making it more expressive and nuanced for virtuoso player. Whether you play in the world's grandest concert halls or in the privacy of your home the Tui is built to inspire.

The lower bout is 15 3/4" and has a depth at the tailblock of 4 1/2"
For the cutaway option it features a sculpted, low profile, heel-to-cutaway body transition allowing comfortable access to the higher frets.

Some of the standard features you can expect when buying a Tui model are:

  • All solid tonewoods
  • Totara neck
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • All solid wood binding
  • A choice of rosettes from one of my own designs
  • Water buffalo bone nut and saddle
  • Gotoh 510 series machine heads
  • Evo gold frets (harder than standard nickel silver)
  • 25.5" scale length
  • High quality full gloss hand rubbed finish
  • Custom Hoffee carbon fibre case

Options can include but are not limited to:

  • Your choice of a range of soundboards including my¬†Waingarara kauri
  • Your choice of back and sides including¬†ancient kauri
  • Williams Signature Series
  • NZ paua purfling on top, headstock and fingerboard
  • Custom designed rosettes
  • Burl veneer top purfling
  • Custom made tuner buttons, bridge pins, strap buttons
  • Bevel
  • Custom designed inlays
  • Pickups of your choice installed
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View more Tui models in the Gallery

Kiwi

While sharing many of the characteristics of my Tui model the Kiwi is smaller than my Tui model and therefore emphasises more in the mid range while maintaining all the finese and expressiveness of it's larger cousin.

It is also my most versatile model.

I build the Kiwi in two configurations: a 12 fret-to-body set up as well as the 14 fret-to-body version.

The normal scale length for the Kiwi is 25" but I do build it with the longer 25.5" scale so it is very adaptable to a wide range of styles and players.

The lower bout is 15 3/4" and has a depth at the tailblock of 4 1/2"

All the standard and custom options available for the Tui are also available for the Kiwi model.

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Hihi

The Hihi (pronounced "hee hee") tenor ukulele has a musicality and tone and playability that make it a concert quality instrument ideally suited to the solo performer though they will of course shine in any ensemble.

My Hihi models make use of some of the most unique and exciting woods. I sometimes have exquisite pieces of timber too small for larger instruments and these can often be employed in the service of the ukulele and consequently my Hihi models can exhibit the most unique and stunning timbers of all my instruments.
Among the tonewood options are native New Zealand species as well as some of the most beautiful exotics from around the world.

The Hihi has a slotted headstock with high quality Waverly tuners and is embellished with NZ paua purfling. You can choose from a selection of rosettes or ask for a custom design. They are priced on an individual basis depending on the woods chosen and other appointments. Prices start at $3400.

Some of the standard features you can expect on my Hihi tenor ukulele are:

  • All solid tonewoods
  • Totara neck
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • All solid wood binding
  • A choice of rosettes from one of my own designs
  • Mammoth tusk, or Buffalo horn nut and saddle
  • Waverly machine heads
  • Evo gold frets (harder than standard nickel silver)
  • Hihi motif on the twelfth fret on fingerboard
  • High quality full gloss hand rubbed finish
  • Hard case

Many custom options and choices are available. Please inquire for more information.

Hihi

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