This is from the Master Series Limited Edition run.Torrefied Spruce and Macassar Ebony model you can see in the pictures and hear in the video at this page. It has a smooth and comfortable maple arm rest, a reinforced side sound port, and a other cool and unique design features that makes this limited run special.
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 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 body is exquisite maple wood binding with a graceful arm bevel giving a contrast that enhances the overall visual appeal.
This ebony couples perfectly with the torrefied spruce soundboard. This spruce was heat-treated in an oxygen-free kiln, making it highly resonant and extremely stable. It's as if the wood is pre-aged, in look and sound, like spruce that's been broken in for many years.
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. Kalei gives a review and sound sample.
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. Now Pono is finishing the neck and body separate and the body and faceplate are gloss while the neck is a smooth satin finish for your hand to slide along.
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 was from our last Pono Factory Tour where John and Noa from Ko'olau designed this model and selected the woods.
Comes in a very protective wooden arched top hardshell case made for it.