Boulder Creek Guitars and RipTide Ukuleles have a strong, passionate following that grows every day. Musicians discover and fall in love with the instruments because they deliver an excellent playing experience at a great price point. Read some of the testimonials and see what has them excited.

Boulder Creek Guitars

I looked for a new guitar for more than 8 months, the only thing I found I liked was a Collins guitar, but did not want to spend 5k for a guitar that I would be scared to death I would damage even though my wife is standing there saying if it’s what you want, buy it.

When I strummed across the Boulder Creek guitar I instantly had to pick it up and start playing it (before looking at the price). I knew I was buying this guitar. I asked a man in the store that was playing a $3600 Gibson to play this as I felt my ears must be lying to me. I would not allow him to look at the price. He also loved the guitar. When he looked at the price he wanted to buy it, I told him it was taken.

This repeated again when he called his friend over to try it out. He said the guy owns several acoustics that cost over $8,000 each. He also loved the guitar and wanted to buy it on the spot.

I am telling you this so you will understand how passionate I am about this guitar.

Ron Moreau Spring, TX

I absolutely love my EBR1-B4 bass as does everyone I play with!

Lee Joseph

I was looking for a fretless acoustic bass, but hated how you need to detune acoustic basses to prevent long-term bridge damage. After speaking to several luthiers and doing my own research, I found two options that had found a way around the detuning needs. Breedlove has reinforced the bridge, as has Boulder Creek. Breedlove has discontinued their fretless, so I started hunting a Boulder Creek to try. A small mom and pop shop near me was the only place to try one, and dang, I live in the DC area. I didn’t expect much…I have pricey tastes in basses. I was floored…I couldn’t find a fault in this “inferior” Chinese made product. This bass killed so many of my misconceptions. The tone is incredible! The front and back are solid wood, the action perfect. The neck is precise, with no dead spots, the fret lines are nice, not too bright to where it looks fretted, but visible if you need them. The shock was the Low B. It was actually useable unlike several other 5-string acoustic basses I had tried.

Sound: Plugged in, it has great tone with a very flexible eq and the phase switch does help with feedback. Unplugged it is amazing, no you can’t be heard over a heavy strumming D-28, but if the guitarist is playing finger-style, I am actually heard. No matter what, you will hear yourself with the body sound hole. The sustain is also incredible, almost shocking. Note: the low B due to the nature of sound waves in the lower notes, say below D, are quite unless plugged in.

I called the company in California one night with a question and actually got to speak with the owner. Awesome guy…I would sell every bass I own and only keep this if I could only keep one!

Freddy K. Aron

Love my Boulder Creek! I enjoy this guitar better than any other new brand on the market! Great job!

Joshua Taylor

Wow! I had some “face time” on a Boulder Creek guitar. I can’t say enough good about their fantastic instruments.

Edward Fry

Can’t wait till I get my ECR1-B (dreadnought)! Love the look, sound and playability of Boulder Creek guitars.

Andrew Wallace

I only play Boulder Creek, here opening for Lonestar in Detroit.

Billy Sloan

I love this guitar!!! The tone is soooo even and the SUSTAIN!!!!!!! “The rest of the guitars will go back in the crate at the end of the night. This guitar stays with me wherever I go!!

Chris Rodriguez (With Keith Urban)

I believe in Boulder Creek Guitars! I love the way they sound and perform! I don’t want to play anything else!!

Trey Hill (Jessica Simpson & Kellie Pickler)

I love your guys’ freaking guitars, the tone from the wood is very true and compared to some of the more expensive guitars I own, Boulder Creek held its ground firmly with outstanding, rich tone and innovative, quality craftsmanship. I am happy to be a part of the Boulder Creek family.

Mike Scott (formerly with Justin Timberlake)

It seems like you guys were calling my name this week while we were up in Nashville wrapping up our latest project from Taylor Swift’s guys to Jason Aldean to my co-producer Johnny Garcia, your guitars were stalking me! LOL!!! With good reason, though. I love the way they play and I love the SBS and I’ve been playing Godin, Tacoma and Gibson and I’m really blown away by your guitars. the way it allows the additional sustain. The tone is fantastic! Thanks!

J.R. Castillo

More guitar testimonials available on our public testimonials page.

Riptide Ukuleles

I CURRENTLY OWN 7 DIFFRRENT UKULELES. 3 CONCERT UKULELES(Riptide EUC-5NS, Cordoba 20CM, Lanakai LU-22CGC) and 4 SOPRANO UKULELES (Savannah su-asst,Kala ka-s, 2 Kohalas – 1 is a Kogs model and the other is a “50th anniversary British invasion, with the “union jack” painted on top. Only 1,200 made in total and only sold at Guitar Center. That one doesn’t get played).

In my opinion, my Riptide EUC-5NS is by far the superior ukulele. The action on this is incredible. I can solo so much easier because of how close the strings are to the neck. I love the sound ports, having one projecting to the player helps out so much it’s not even funny!!!!

I just wish that they would make a model with 2 sound ports on the top(front) so i could wear a ukulele strap. Being able to wear a strap while playing, especially when standing is very important. Other than that i really can’t say enough about “Boulder Creek” ukuleles.

Don’t question yourself because of how it looks, just go buy 1 or 2 already! You will not be disappointed.

Chris Slay

Just got a Mahogany Riptide this week, with the built-in pickup & tuner — man, the sucker absolutely POPS out of the amp, with a little chorus & reverb. Awesome sound & feel, especially for the price. I’m lovin’ my new toy!


I was in a little shop that sells only guitars and ukuleles. I was originally going to purchase a banjo ukulele. However, like a kid in a candy shop, I wanted to play and hear them all.

I had played about 6 or 7 at this point and nothing stood out except for some beautiful designs and good looks. I was on my way out, disappointed that I wasn’t going to add a new piece to my collection (mostly Lanikai). The Riptide UB -2N caught my eye only for the fact that the sound port was so small and I thought how could you get any real sound out of that little thing? The sales guy then told me it had two [sound ports], one on the top for me and one in the front for listeners. Intrigued, he pulled it off the shelf and I played one G cord. That, my friends, was all it took.

The stunning deep and rich sound of this baby seemed endless and powerful and I couldn’t stop. I sat there for at least 15 minutes playing a tune I wrote, entranced by the sound this ukulele was creating (not to mention the two tone look and dark lustered rosewood). Then, after I was out of my trance, I thought that there is no way something that sounds and plays this good was in my price range. I very slowly flipped the small, dangling tag to see it was, in fact, LOWER than my max price. I bought it right then and there, no questions asked, and I’m a haggle-kind of guy. I always search eBay and Amazon before I buy anything but not this time.

The only tiny little thing I could criticize are the tune keys which are cheap, brown plastic and I really had to strain to find that criticism. I look forward to playing this bad boy on these upcoming warm summer nights while the harmonies carry me away.

Thank you Riptide for delivering a fantastic product at an even better price.”

Your new loyal customer,

Christopher Hayes

I chose a Riptide EUT-5NS. I love it! It sounds rich and full.


Just bought a tenor riptide uke. I love it! It is solid wood (spruce on top, rosewood on the back) and has beautiful inlay. The sound is incredible. I usually go for the soprano or concert size, but I love the tone of this ukulele!!!


Just traded for a mahogany Riptide with the pickup to play in the worship band at my church! Love this thing-great tone plugged and unplugged.

Shane Spann

Just bought Riptide UC-2N Solid spruce top. The sound so clear and I love it!!!


One of the best deals in a solid spruce top. It has much better tone and sustain than other ukes I’ve played or tested in this price range.


The EUC-2N Riptide Tenor is one of the best acoustic sounding Ukulele I have ever played.

Andrew Koh

This EUC-2N Riptide tenor was the loudest and best sustaining uke out of fifty others, including Lanakais, Cordobas, and twelve other makers. It was superior to a huge Lanakai baritone! Unplugged, this little uke sounded better than all the rest. I scooped it up without a case. I love the darned thing.

Jeff Gusfield