Pictures show the exact ukulele available here. The cedar has a slightly darker hue on the bottom right side that I tried to capture in the photos but it's really subtle. So we are discounting this ukulele an additional $200 but it's not a 2nd or B stock. It sounds and looks wonderful.
This is a top of the line Pono tenor with a cedar top and Macassar ebony sides & Back. Along with the striking beauty, it has an amazing sound and feel.
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. How so? Clean, crisp and rich with overtones and singing sustain. Coupled with a cedar top, the tone of Macassar achieves what many like. Cedar has a "broken in" quality, or sweetness in sound that it takes other woods many years to attain. What I notice is that the Macassar adds definition, projection, and reverberating sustain. And that's not to mention the looks. All woods were not created equal and never has that been more evident. Framing off this exquisite ebony is curly maple wood binding.
This sample is from Corey with the stock Ko'olau Alohi high G set.
This model, like all new Pro Classics from Pono has a radius fingerboard. It's not an extreme radius, and is hardly noticeable until pointed out. But it surely adds to the comfort of play. We must warn you that if you get this instrument your others may get ignored. It's a treat in every way!!
Many things give exceptional value to the newest Pro Classics. Precision workmanship showcasing the skill of Pono's builders. The constant pursuit of excellence in tone, look and playability. The truss rod advantage.