Hive Ukuleles: Exquisite Tone, Superb Playability & Artful Beauty

Handcrafted by Jake Maclay, Hive Ukuleles exhibit the philosophy of his craft. His goal with every instrument is exquisite tone, superb playability and artful beauty. 

Jake Maclay is one of six world-class luthiers contributing to Luthiers for a Cause. Learn more in this short project overview.

Hornet Featuring Lucky 12 Spruce / The Tree

This Hornet was commissioned by an existing customer who wanted something very special that was suitably different from his Spruce and Maple Hornet. For the soundboard, I chose a "Lucky 12" Spruce Top sourced from a sinker log that was submerged in a river for 80 years.

For the back and sides, I used one of the rarest tonewoods on the planet: tortoise shell figured Honduran mahogany from "The Tree." This legendary tonewood is highly prized in the luthier community for its beautiful figuring and complex tone.

The ukulele was exhibited at The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase (2016).


Jake Maclay is one of six of the world's most distinguished instrument builders who have come together to showcase their unique building approaches and to make a lasting difference in the lives of sick children. Each luthier will build a tenor ukulele out of wood sourced from two trees that are legendary among acoustic guitar and ukulele enthusiasts. All of the proceeds from the sale of the instruments will go to benefit The Ukulele Kids club, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to harness the healing power of music by sending hospitalized children home with the gift of music for life.



Introduction to Hive Ukuleles

Enjoy this short video introduction to Jake Maclay and Hive Ukuleles.