Musical Instrument Maker & Repairs

Listing #: 714493436
Business name: Barebones Folk Instrument­s
Location: Waterview
Auckland City
About: I have been playing, working on and building stringed and percussion instrument­s since 1998
Services offered: Builder of Stringed instruments & maintenance/repair of stringed instruments. Maker of Barebones Cajon's.
Areas serviced: NZ wide
Availability: Subject to workload
Why the name “Barebones Folk Instruments”, you ask? My nickname is “Bones”, I build great sounding, reliable instruments without the fancy inlays, sound-hole rosettes, bindings etc. Decorative enhancement does not necessarily increase sound quality, only the price.

With a passion for Tenor Banjos, I also re-furbish old instruments and re-building others into hybrid, short scale Tenor banjos, Banjo Ukes' and 8 string Banjos.

My "Crown" and "Trad" series stringed models can be obtained in Octave Mandolin, Guitar, Mandolin & Ukulele, often available ex- our showroom or special order.
Select woods available for special orders.
Custom Instruments made to order.
Percussion Beat Boxes also available.


*Crown Octave Mandolins for sale.

*Acoustic and solid body Electric Mandolins.

*Crown Ukuleles - available in Tenor or Baritone scale.

* "Trad" Ukuleles available in Tenor, Baritone, Concert or Soprano scale .
(soprano - special order only)

*Hybrid Tenor Banjo’s and Banjo Ukes’ for sale..... or I can convert your existing one.

*Cajon's. See a U-Tube demo at:
Also models fitted with an internal, bass kick pedal.

*Builder of Stringed Instruments, basic maintenance/repair of fretted stringed instruments –subject to inspection.

*Concept instruments (weird stuff you can’t buy)...Ask me.

*Stage and movie props - fake or playable. (Ref photo #4)

*Please view/see photos of other instruments I have built.

“THE SCREAMIN" LARKINS” band, 4-5 piece - bush folk rock/Irish.
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Bodhran, Pipes and Whistles.

Visit me on Facebook- Barebones Folk Instruments

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Excellent trader knowledgeble , pleasant to work with and excellent craftsman! highly recommended kjvman
kjman (50 50 positive feedback)  Fri 12 Jan
Took my old Banjo to Bones on Monday (it was in a bad way) two days later I have it back cleaned re strung and playable, fantastic service, great value for money, very happy with the end result. Bones even gave me some history on the Banjo, thanks Bones great to have meet you Eugene
sjf3 (325 325 positive feedback)  Thu 24 Aug
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: I'm glad I could help out, I love working on old banjos and getting them going again.. thanks for your custom and best regards ... Bones.
Graham listened and watched me bend strings to pull into pitch... up the fret board. I then I left my expensive hand made instrument with him. Graham came back with suggestions and between us we fixed those damn intonation problems. I recommend Graham to anyone having issues with their stringed instruments.
soundlightstage (28 28 positive feedback) Address Verified Oct 2017  Wed 16 Aug
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Cheers, happy that I was able to help with the issues and get that uke back to sounding great.
Excellent Work! restored my flatmate's broken guitar! very skillful and great attention to the detail! Sorry for very late review! Graham is very very nice person!
antonio4tw (203 203 positive feedback)  Thu 23 Mar
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Many thanks for your kind words, glad I could help and that the job came out successfully. Best regards.... Bones
Top quality work and super friendly and helpful. Cares about his customers and the integrity of his work. Absolutely recommend!
slon428 (46 46 positive feedback) Address Verified Jan 2017  Mon 23 Jan
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Happy to have been of service. Thank you for your custom.
I would recommend Bones... first class repair work and good communications. Jon C
jon120 (72 72 positive feedback) Address Verified Jul 2017  Wed 16 Nov
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for your custom Jon, I love working on those old banjos and am pleased that we could get it playable again for you.
I love my new Beautiful ukulele!! Very good quality with solid wood and delicate work. Thank you very much for being patient and nice to my fussy requests. He completely understood what I wanted with a quick reply to solve the problems. Every time when I play the ukulele that you made, I can tell how you love the musical instrument. It will be my last ukulele!
mihon (10401 10401 positive feedback) Address Verified Jun 2016  Wed 19 Oct
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for your kind words and for being a great customer.
I cannot begin to sing the well deserved praises of Graham's personable, informative, creative, knowledgeable and empathetic rapport he quickly established in the tireless exchange of emails that transpired in allowing me to be a BIG part of the creative making of what now has turned out to be my now handsome, technically and aesthetically beautifully crafted one of a kind concert ukulele! The technical precision and balance of woods used is just amazing. Genuine thanks just doesn't seem enough.
brideeshere (686 686 positive feedback) Address Verified Jun 2016  Tue 21 Apr
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you Dee, It's been a pleasure. I'm glad your goddaughter liked the Cajon too.
Cajon with bass pedal....Used the drum on Sunday.... folks loved it!! Mic'd up really nicely and sound was great... easy to use... Awesome drum!!
pete38 (483 483 positive feedback)  Wed 15 Apr
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for your feedback Andrew. I'm glad it was a hit. Cheers for your custom.
Hi there, i was just wondering if you were selling any more of the cajon's? was interesting in buying one, and where would pick up be? would be great to hear back from you thanks!
ash-fash (46 46 positive feedback)  Mon 27 Oct
Hi - not quite sure what happened but I missed the Buy Now you added for me. Still very keen, especially after reading the reviews. My contact details are Many thanks
bkenyon (361 361 positive feedback)  Thu 18 Sep
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you, will contact you. Sorry but someone else got in before you when I put up the buy now..
We've recently bought two of Bones's phoenix banjos - a tenor and a tenor banjo uke. Really respect the craftsmanship and the passion that goes into these instruments, they're both a joy to play. Bones is always happy to chat about what he's up to and take the time to have a look at an instrument - a real craftsman and a great guy to deal with.
samprebble (17 17 positive feedback)  Wed 23 Jul
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Many thanks Sam for your support and kind feedback. Always a pleasure to deal with you, and thanks for forwarding the U-tube clips with the Tenor Banjo. Great song.....thank you<br />v=HQrMjy5SJS4
Thanks Graham for your efforts and expertise in matching the paua inserts so closely and for your workmanship Cheers Murray
muzza151 (55 55 positive feedback)  Wed 19 Feb
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you Murray. I'm glad it worked out. Great guitar too.
Recently visited Graham [Bones] with a collection of old ukes that needed sorting. Thanks Graham for generously giving your time and expertise to get things fixed. I was very impressed by the quality and sound of your hand made instruments. Thanks again Graham. Regards Chris.
lepome (87 87 positive feedback) Address Verified Aug 2017  Tue 22 Oct
As a left handed instrument player, access to affordable quality instruments (other than guitars) was once an issue for me - but no longer. If customer satisfaction is measured by repeat business, then the only thing I need to add is that since 2005, I have become the owner of THREE Barebones instruments, and I wouldn't willingly part with any of them.
nikkiwi (167 167 positive feedback)  Fri 18 Oct
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: You are indeed a valued client, supporter and great friend of Barebones. Thank you for your continued custom. Enjoy:)
What a talented man beautiful craftsmanship and very happy with my new tenor banjo uke. Need to get practicing to give it justice it deserves thankyou so much.
gandtea (189 189 positive feedback)  Wed 16 Oct
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for choosing Barebones for your new instrument, Shona. Best regards...Bones
Have just taken delivery of a brand new Crown Royale Tenor Guitar/O.Mandola specially made for me by Bones. This Master Craftsman assisted with selecting appropriate wood(s) and constructed a stunning instrument that I am over the moon with. Cannot believe the glorious sound that just 'booms' at you. Hopefully some pix will be put up to drool over. I highly recommend this outstanding Luthier, whether repairing or creating magic. You will not be disapointed. Grateful thanks, Bones. Jack.
michelangelo27 (728 728 positive feedback)  Mon 16 Sep
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: It turned out just as we planned, Jack. A awesome sounding result, let alone the select woods, stunning all round.... I'm as pleased as you are, thank you.
I highly recommend 'Bones'. I had completely snapped the head off my Ibanez acoustic/electric guitar and thought it would never be right again, but Bones fixed it up beautifully and I'm really loving the sound and the playability of my new 'old' guitar. Thanks Bones x Lynn Walters
laces2 (66 66 positive feedback)  Mon 02 Sep
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Happy to have been of service Lyn, thank you.
When you are in trouble, you are in deep trouble: Bones sorted my banjo out in 24-hours, fixed, set up, tuned, ready to play. "Sorted". Great luthier to deal with, appreciate the efficiency and hospitality. Grateful thanks. Banjo Jack.
michelangelo27 (728 728 positive feedback)  Wed 21 Aug
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: I was very happy to be able to do justice (to an item the manufacturer should have got right in the first place) for a true gentleman of the Banjo fraternity. Thank you for the opportunity to help.
Took a guitar to Graham for cleaning and refurbish. Set up for junior beginner, made new bridge, setup, re-string and tuning. Did a fantastic job, sounds better than ever and exactly what I asked for. Can highly recommend, geat value for money.
chriskzn (133 133 positive feedback)  Mon 12 Aug
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you. Great to know that the end result was to your liking and hope that the new, young player does well in his tuition. Best regards.
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