Only One Made of This Model!
This is from the Master Series Limited Edition run. Only one of this Cedar Ebony model was made and it's the one you can see in the pictures and hear in the video at this page. This series has a smooth and comfortable arm rest, a side sound port, and a western red cedar top hand selected by Ko'olau's top luthier Noa Bonk.
Other custom features to the master series includes the ebony wood rosette instead of abalone, and a new simple, but distinct wood logo inlay on the slotted headstock, and the radius ebony fretboard is nice and clean without fret dots, though it still has side dots so you know where you're at. This model also has a gloss body and faceplate but a satin neck for smooth sliding.
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 macassar 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 defenition, 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 body is exquisite curly maple wood binding with the classy arm rest. This gives a nice contrast that enhances the overall visual appeal. Also helping in that regard is the slotted headstock which is impeccably finished, even along the inner walls.
Many things give value to this one of a kind Master series Pono. 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 a limited run. With this model, just one was made.
This is a completely dry recording, it doesn't do justice to the live tone, but gives an idea of the tones you can get. This is with the Ko'olau stock alohi high G set with a wound 3rd string but if you would like a different set just let us know in the special instructions.
This tenor is displayed and protected by the cleanest gloss finish yet from Pono. This glassy smooth lacquer finish is extremely strong yet just a few thousandths of an inch thick. This is the art of uninhibited protection. Also to be noted is that Pono has kept improving and I would put the beautiful look of this finish up against ANY custom shop instrument. It's as flawlessly done as you will find now. And that is a first for Pono, even though improvements have been with each shipment. This last arrival honestly surprised me in quality. I think you will share my appreciation. This is the finest quality on the market at this price and we are proud to say that with confidence.
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!
Comes in a very protective wooden arched top hardshell case made for it.
This was from our last Pono Factory Tour where John and Noa from Ko'olau designed this model and selected the woods.