About Us

Welcome to the Ohana Custom Shop!

I am excited to tell you about our latest project in instrument creation.

Ohana’s mission since its inception in 2006 has always been about bringing great-sounding acoustic instruments to the players.

For many years we have wanted to have a custom shop where the instruments are fully designed and manufactured at our headquarters in Long Beach, California. Our team handles technical design, artistic creation, tonewood selection and sourcing, and instrument building led by our in-house luthier. This level of expertise and passion for creating the next level of instruments prompted us to start this project, and all of us at Ohana are thrilled with our new endeavor.

In the Ohana Custom Shop you will find several categories of hand-built products. Each OCS instrument is made-to-order over a span of approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

The Deluxe Line combines top-quality tone woods along with unique design features. Each instrument is designed to highlight the wood chosen for the build, as well as elevate their custom details. 

The next category is our Premium Limited, where unique and desirable woods are incorporated into the build, often with a thematic design which can vary in complexity, visual weight, and material. These are unique instruments that combine the best of sound, quality, and visual presentation into one. From conceptual design to intricate inlay work, these instruments can take weeks to finish, but when complete, is an instrument that is truly special and timeless.

In the Custom Builds section, you will find a selection of one-of-a-kind and exceptional tone woods we have collected over the years. These are unique sets available in our collection, where you can select and work with our in-house artists to develop your ideas and to create a truly special instrument.

Every instrument from the Ohana Custom Shop is conceptually designed and built in-house at our workshop. The shop, and the design philosophy behind it, is a mix of traditional techniques and tools, combined with modern equipment and innovation. The jigs and molds needed to make the instruments are all custom-designed by our luthier and made specifically for the shop. From laser-cut kerfing and bracing, to CNC-milled necks, fretboards, and bridges, everything is done from scratch. 

So come and explore the Ohana Custom Shop, and check back for more custom instruments we will soon be showcasing. Let us know what your dream instrument is. Together we can brainstorm, design, and experience the journey to make your dream come true. 

Louis Wu