Macassar Ebony is one of the premier exotic woods used in high end custom acoustics. Even higher in cost than koa wood but the sound quality is undeniably choice. Clean and crisp, rich with overtones and singing sustain, and coupled with a cedar top, the tone of this tenor is absolutely perfect for what many look for. Cedar has a "broken in" quality, or a sweetness in sound that it takes other woods many years to attain.
What I notice is that the Macassar adds definition, projection, and sustain. And that's not to mention the beauty! All woods were not created equal and never has that been more evident. Framing off this exquisite ebony is flamed maple wood binding. This gives a nice contrast that enhances the overall visual appeal. Also helping in that regard is the slotted headstock which is impeccably finished. The body and faceplate are gloss but the back of the neck is satin finish for smooth sliding. Also adding to your left hand comfort is a radius fingerboard, a slight curve to the board that many players prefer.
The truss rod advantage. The newer, higher quality Pono case. Many things give value to the newest Pro Classics. Namely, the precision workmanship and skill level of these builders. It also shows a persistence for excellence that Ko'olau has shown. This is the pinnacle of that effort and now available in 2018 with a side sound port.
Kalei reviews this new model and gives us a sample of the tone.
This sample is with a high G but this uke sounds great with a low G as well.
This sample is with a high G but this uke sounds great with a low G as well. Just let us know in the special instructions if you would like it with a low G setup.
Comes in a very protective wooden arched top hardshell case made for it.
Pono only uses solid woods, only bone nut and saddle. wood bindings, no plastics. They have a climate controlled factory on the island of Java and diligently aim for perfection on every level. It shows! This is a Pono factory tour video we shot in March 2017.