Pono MD-30SB Spruce Rosewood Deluxe 8 String Tenor Guitar

Pono MD-30SB Spruce Rosewood Deluxe 8 String Tenor Guitar

Regular Price: $1,599.00

Special Price $1,279.00

Availability: Out of stock



New instrument from Pono! Beautiful Solid Rosewood and Englemann Spruce Top 8 string.

This is new and unique instrument from Pono Guitar & Ukulele. It has a 21.4" scale and is shaped and braced like a mini guitar.

The Martin Company made the first Tenor Guitars in 1927. They were four steel string guitars. Then in 1963 Nick Reynolds of the Kingston Trio decided it would sound better with 8 strings. He converted his 4-string to 8, and then finally the Martin Company made three or four in 1969 and 1970. Now Pono is reintroducing the Tenor 8-String Guitar. This video shows the instrument tuned that way, octave D octave G unison B unison E. Any ukulele or guitar player will be right at home with all the same chords and scales.

Kalei gives us a "raw" sound sample of this new instrument but in the satin natural finish.

This new model features the finest solid tonewoods, top and back ebony binding, and a custom fit arched top hardshell case. It has a gloss finish with a beautiful sunburst top.

The tenor guitar and octave mandolin share the same scale length so this instrument can also be used as an Octave mandolin. The strings you see in the pictures are the octave mandolin strings. You can choose in the options if you would like us to set it up for this tuning. We will do more sound samples soon of this exact model but here Kilin demonstrates a prototype of this instrument as an Octave mandolin.

NOTE: We will soon be listing Ko'olau strings for both the tenor guitar 8 string set Kalei is playing in the first video and the octave mandolin string set Kilin is using in the video above.

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Additional Information
  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony top and back bindings
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Rope rosette, Pearl fingerboard position dots
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • M series headstock
  • Radius fretboard, nut, & saddle
  • Grover tuning keys
  • Satin finish
  • Deluxe hardshell case
  • Overall length - 32.99"
  • Scale length - 21.4"
  • Lower bout - 11.25"
  • Upper bout - 7.75"
  • Depth LB - 3.8"
  • Depth UB - 3.1"
  • Nut width - 1 3/8"

Extra Options

Come with Hardshell Case.

Setup Options

Most people shop with us because of the extensive quality control and final setup work we provide at no extra cost on all ukuleles we ship out. However this is time consuming work and creates a delay in shipping. We are now offering an "Expedited Setup" for those wanting to receive their instrument faster. See details on the Full Setup and Expedited Setup options along with current turnaround times for each at the link- HERE.

One of the options for this ukulele is to trade out the Herco included humidifier for the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18 or OH-5+). This is suggested if you live in a low humidity area (parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, etc.) or also areas with winter seasons, especially if you heat the air in your home. For more info see our Ukulele Care page

Put a note in the Special Instructions if you would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything. 

After adding this to your cart, take advantage of great deals on Ukulele Accessories. With the purchase of this ukulele you won't pay shipping!

A pickup with installation can be added from THIS LINK. And strap Buttons can be installed HERE.


Brand Pono

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