Dennis Lake - Luthier Extraordinaire

12/16/2013Posted by Keli'lkuloa


I met Dennis Lake at Keole Beamers Aloha Music Camp in Kona, HI.  He taught an 'Ukulele building class.  Those taking the class, in the course of a week, constructed a very fine 'ukulele that they could take home with them.

At that time I wasn't playing 'ukulele, so the class was interesting but didn't hold a major interest for me.  However, when he delivered a custom Po Mahina guitar to one of the other students in the advanced class, I sat right up and took notice.  After playing the guitar for just a few minutes, I was sold.

I found Dennis Lake right after the class and asked how to get on his waiting list for a slack key style guitar.  Needless to say, the day my Po Mahina guitar showed up at the post office was one of the more exciting days I've had in a long, long time.



This is what it looks like in the case.  It has twin holes moved forward on the body to create more sound board area.  It is signed by both Dennis Lake and Keola Beamer.  Keola Beamer worked with Dennis Lake on the design that is now pretty much the Keola Beamer model.

It sounds amplified.  When I play in public, people ask if it is amplified since is seems to be louder.  It will sustain into next week, which took a bit of getting used to.  The action is so amazingly smooth that I have difficulty playing other guitars.

Here is Keole Beamer, my Kumu Ki Ho'Alu with my guitar.



You can view Dennis Lakes 'Ukulele and Guitars at