Ukuleles

Pepe Romero is now making tenor ukuleles in addition to his guitars!  Driven by recent trips to Hawaii, his wife’s and daughter’s desire for a ukulele, and the passing of a good friend, ukulele virtuoso John King, Pepe decided to build ukuleles as of May 2011.  Using a 1947 Martin Tenor ukulele for inspiration, and 15 years of classical and flamenco guitar building experience, Pepe’s ukuleles are old school and have been very well received.  Every ukulele that Pepe builds is one of a kind.   Two weeks into building Pepe’s first eight ukuleles, they were all sold.  By the time those eight were finished, eight more were pre-ordered.  The ukuleles are going fast and there will be limited availability.  Pepe will be accepting orders for ukuleles and has about a 1 year waiting list for new orders. The ukuleles are made under that label “Pepe Ukulele.”   Pepe Ukulele is now available at  Hawaii Music SupplyGuitar Salon InternationalThe Blue Guitar, Ukulele Source, Pepe Ukulele Japan, Anacapa Ukulele,and The Norwegian Guitar Center.   The available combinations are spruce top and rosewood body, all koa, all mahogany, spruce top and koa body, spruce top and mahogany body, spruce top and flamed maple body.  Pepe’s ukuleles are built with a Spanish heel neck joint.  The top and back are both arched.  Pepe is using well seasoned wood which he has been collecting over his entire career.  All ukuleles come with an all wood rosette and wood binding. They are strung with Uke-Pro strings by  La Bella.  They will have a shellac French polish.  They have 18 frets and the neck is joined at the 12th fret.  The tuners are Pegheads or Gotoh mini. Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Daniel Ho, Mike LoveJake Shimabukuro, Paula Fuga, John Cruz, Sergio Vallin of “Mana” and more are all proud owners of a Pepe Ukulele. Now standard for your Pepe Ukulele is an incredible natural sounding pickup.  Schertler is the only pickup used by Pepe Romero.  It is truly world class.

Please contact Pepe Romero Jr. with any inquiries: E-mail  pepesguitar@hotmail.com or call  858-342-7463

Greg Shirer plays Bach on a Pepe Ukulele

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type: Tenor
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Body:   Rosewood
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish:  French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:    SOLD
Pepe built this ukulele for Natalie Maines.  It features Gotoh Stealth tuners and a Schertler Resacoil pickup system.  It has a crisp, powerful sound and is a pleasure to play.

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type:  Tiny Tenor
  • Top:   Spruce
  • Body:  Rosewood
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish:   French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:    SOLD
The Tiny Tenor came about when Daniel Ho wanted a ukulele that felt and sounded like a tenor but fit into a concert sized case.  He wanted his right forearm to be able to rest on the lower bout comfortably without feeling too small.  Pepe came up with this design and is very proud to present this new tenor ukulele that is the same length as a concert ukulele.  The sound is very clear.  It has the tone of a tenor.  It is very portable and comfortable to play.

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:   Cedar
  • Body:   Italian Flamed Maple
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:   SOLD
Pepe loves the combination of cedar and maple for guitars.  He decided to try it out on a ukulele.  He likes it a lot and plans to make more just like this one.  The sound is very much like a classical guitar.  The tone is rich and warm and there is power to spare.

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type: Tenor Cigar Box Uke
  • Top:  Honduran Mahogany
  • Body:  Honduran Mahogany
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish:  French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:    SOLD
This cigar box ukulele was built to produce the best sound possible while having the vintage look of a cigar box.  Pepe made a limited run of five of these.  To see this ukulele being played and hear a review click here.

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:  Cedar
  • Body:  Koa
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Scale: 17 inch
  • Nut: 38 mm
  • Price:    SOLD
This ukulele is Pepe’s Bruce Shimabukuro model, featuring beautiful abalone in the rosette and the purfling.  Pepe used some of his finest materials for the Series 5.  In designing this model, Bruce requested that the body be joined at the fourteenth fret, that it includes a great pickup system, and that it have a cedar top and a koa body.  The tone is very warm and powerful.  Pepe installed a Schertler Resacoil pickup system so that it could be played in front of a large audience.

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:  Koa
  • Body:  Koa
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:   SOLD
This ukulele is super lightweight  and  fun to play.   It had great volume and  a bright piercing tone.   The fingerboard  and  bridge  are  made of Madagascar rosewood.   The tuners are  “Pegheads.”

Pepe Romero, 2013

  • Type: Tenor
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Body:  Koa
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish:  French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:    SOLD
This is Pepe Romero’s Series 5 Ukulele featuring a stunning one piece koa back..  The rosette and purfling are abalone.  The tuners are state of the art Gotoh Stealth.  The tone is very warm and rich and the ukulele has incredible power.

Pepe Romero, 2013

  • Type:  “Little Pepe”
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Body:  Rosewood
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Scale: 17 inch
  • Nut: 50 mm
  • Price:  SOLD
Pepe made this “Little Pepe” guilele while designing the “Guilele Pro” for Cordoba. This guilele is super powerful and has a crisp clean tone. It is tuned like a guitar at the 5th fret. This really is a mini guitar. It works amazing for flamenco or any style of music you like. Pepe is now accepting orders for this model. Look for Cordoba to release their Guilele Pro designed by Pepe.

Pepe Romero, 2011

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Body:  Rosewood
  • Condition:  Excellent
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:  SOLD
This is Ben Harpers’ Pepe Ukulele.  He toured on it in 2012 playing it every night on his acoustic evening with Ben Harper Tour.  It has a Schertler Resacoil pickup which Ben had installed.  This ukulele has explosive power and has been performed on at Carnegie Hall, Boston Opera House, Sydney Opera House, and more.  Ben Harper playing his ukelele in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Pepe Romero, 2011

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Body:  Rosewood
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish:  French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  36 mm
  • Price:  SOLD
This ukulele features “Pegheads” for tuners.  The ukulele is very lightweight and explosive sounding.  The neck is very comfortable and the rosewood is stunning.  The fingerboard and bridge are made of Madagascar rosewood.

Pepe Romero, 2012

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Body:  Rosewood
  • Condition:  New
  • Finish:  French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:  SOLD
This Pepe Ukulele is joined at the fourteenth fret, which is an optional feature.  Most Pepe Ukuleles are joined at the twelfth fret.  When Pepe joins the body at the fourteenth fret, he adjusts the body shape to compensate for the bridge position.

Pepe Romero, 2011

  • Type:  Tenor
  • Top:  Mahogany
  • Body:  Mahogany
  • Condition:  Excellent
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Scale:  17 inch
  • Nut:  38 mm
  • Price:  SOLD
This is Sergio Vallin’s (of Mana ) ukulele.  It has a very sweet and clean sound.   There is great separation between the notes.  The ukulele is very comfortable to play and has surprising power for an all mahognay instrume