Pono MGT New 2018 Mango Tenor

Pono MGT New 2018 Mango Tenor

Regular Price: $499.00

Special Price $399.00

Availability: Out of stock



Pono MGT - Mango Tenor

Quarter Sawn Solid Mango Wood - Smooth Satin Lacquer Finish

Pono is a line from the Ko'olau company that makes high end custom ukes here on the island. The Pono is a more affordable version with the same specs and build as the Ko'olau. They really stand out in the ukulele market for their quality and value. The Mango wood gives sweet tone just like the fruit it produces. It has warmth and clarity similar to the best characteristics found in both mahogany and koa.

Along with great sounds, this new mango line features beautiful, exotic looks and variations in the wood grain that will bring you joy to just hold and admire. Only a few have arrived so don't miss this opportunity to be among the first to experience this wonderful new model. Pictures and video show stock typical.

A key feature in all of the Pono tenors and baritones is the dual-action adjustable truss rod. This stabilizes and adjusts the lengthwise forward curvature (also called relief), of the neck. It can be adjusted from right inside the sound hole with an allen wrench provided. Over time and with humidity changes, this is a very useful option to have, and a very easy thing to adjust with little room for error.

Ko’olau now only include their hard case with the Pro-Classic Pono series. Right now we are including the canvas covered hard case free. 

Additional Information

Solid and beautifully figured grade Mango top, back, and sides. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Rope marquetry rosette, micarta logo and fingerboard position dots. Bone nut and saddle. Satin finish.
Model: MGT

When you buy this ukulele right now you get a free canvas covered hard case.The canvas covered hard case can be seen in our cases category under the accessories tab at the top of this page. Other cases can also be chosen there with discount. 

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 HE-360, included humidifier, for the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18 or OH-5+) at a discount. This is required if you live in a low humidity area.(parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, etc..) or also areas with winter seasons, especially if you are heating the air in your house. For more info refer to the ukulele care link at the bottom of this page. If you think you need to humidify the instrument, then you also need a hard case for a humidifier to properly work, and you need to maintain the humidifier by refilling it as needed. 

Another option is to switch from high G tuning (like in the video) to low G tuning. This is a blog article discussing it if you are not sure whether you want High or Low G?

Put a note in the special instructions if you need to or would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything. 

After adding this instrument to your cart, you can still create your own package by adding a case or accessories from the website.

Under the accessories tab you can also customize this instrument by adding strap button(s) or your choice of pickup for plugging in. 

Get a free shipping quote by adding this to your cart. If your cart reaches $400 dollars or more, orders to the US will receive free UPS 2 day shipping. 2 days is the time in transit. Your instrument will first go through our setup department so that you get the best instrument for your money. For more information on our setup process, turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below at our footer.

All Pono tenor and baritone ukuleles come with a lightweight dual action adjustable truss rod. This video explains that feature and gives directions if you ever need to adjust it.


Brand Pono
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Customer Reviews 8 item(s)

I love it!!!
This is an upgrade from the mahogany tenor I bought while in Maui last May. That was my first ever uke, a fine tenor with a low G as I wanted a more guitar-like sound. Four months later I had a hankering for a higher pitched uke. I thought I might want to try a concert uke. I came across the Ukulele Review, which really helped me to narrow my search. Luckily I found some of the recommendations at a guitar store, like Kala, Luna, Cordoba, Mitchell, both concert and tenor. I realized a tenor would still suit me better, so perhaps a high G would work. Still, I wasn’t satisfied with what they had at the store. So then I found the Ukulele Site - such a smorgasborg of fantastic sounding ukes! I was especially drawn to the mango tenors, like Pono's Pro Classic Mango Tenor and others of that caliber, only they were beyond my budget.

After much research I decided to take a gamble ordering online. I decided to get Pono MGT as it sounded like a great bang for your buck, and I’m so glad I did! I do prefer to try an instrument before I buy so I had a little bit of anxiety (eventually eclipsed by excitement) about what I would get, and just placed my trust in the videos, reviews, and reputation of Pono makers, Ukulele Review and Ukulele Site/Hawaii Music Supply folks. I'm so glad that my gamble paid off!

I received a beautiful Pono MGT, lighter colored than what’s pictured. I may not be a luthier, but I am an artist and I can tell impeccable craftsmanship when I see, hear and feel it. The MGT is bright and crisp, resonant and so much fun to play each day. The videos do not do it justice (though still helped a lot, so kudos to Aaron and Corey). It sounds even better in your hands! It's great for strumming and especially fingerpicking, which really touches my soul.

Now I understand why my brother collects guitars. Each one becomes special in their own way. This just might be start of my own ukulele collection. :) As it turns out, within a month, the MGT went out of stock, so I’m so happy I got one just in time!

Thanks, HMS! You guys rock!!! Ordering online was very easy. Andrew was very helpful and answered my questions on email/phone. At the last minute I added a case to my existing order (which I also enjoy), and Andrew made that process seamless. I could really tell there was meticulous care in setup and packaging. I even got calls on the day UPS was dropping off my package to my workplace. Zach and Ashley wanted to make sure I received it just fine, and what a joyous day when I did!
Review by Athena / (Posted on 10/18/2017)
It's a keeper
I waited more than a year to post this review because, for most of that time, I felt let down. My MGT has always had a nice sound, but "nice" doesn't really do the trick when one steps up to a well-made, solid wood ukulele, even if it's not a a K-brand built in Hawaii.

On various sites on the web, I found reviews that indicated Pono ukuleles are nice, but overbuilt. Having bought and sold a couple of overbuilt guitars, I guessed that was the situation with my Pono, even with HMS's spot-on setup.

I was wrong.

As is often the case, the key was finding the right strings for the ukulele and my ear -- with emphasis on the latter, understanding how subjective this subject is.

After a few of the more commonly recommended sets, I strung up a set of Martin M620 (tenor) strings, and all I can say is Wow! It was like flipping switch. I don't know if it's the material (fluorocarbon) or the gauge and tension, but those strings coaxed a woody tone from this ukulele that is at once rich and delicate. Two months later, I still cannot get over how good it sounds and how much pleasure I get from playing it.

Others may disagree about strings, but one thing is clear: Pono makes a fine ukulele with the bonus of an affordable price.
Review by Chris / (Posted on 8/2/2016)
Fit, finish, feel, tone and looks +setup?! Best value in every sense!
I'm a guitar player with some nice handmade guitars and knew I didn't want my first ukulele to feel like it was anything less than a real musical instrument. Aaron understood my situation and guided me to several models I settled on the mango, and i've enjoyed it every day since. I won't repeat all the superlatives bestowed upon the staff and the business model and the instruments themselves, I'll just leave it to say that I am thrilled to have found not only the ukulele as an instrument, but such a valuable resource as TUS! Thanks you guys - and no worries about the turn around time - we all know it's worth it x 10!
Review by Bill / (Posted on 6/8/2016)
Pono and Hawaiian Music Supply, Best combination since Peanut butter Cups
I want to buy everything from Hawaiian music supply. The sincerely most helpful and nicest music store ever.

This is my second Uke after being a professional bass player for over 32 years. I am astounded! First of all Aaron and Andrew were super nice and helpful in our e-mail conversations, I am so impressed by HMS. The Uke is gorgeous beyond my already high expectations. Even with the natural finish the Mango shows shimmery shades of green and gold and the grain pattern is mesmerizing and complex. The satin neck feels awesome and the tone is huge and resonant with lots of sustain and a really nice attack. The is the first uke I've played that obviously opens up the lighter you hold the body. Just exceptional all around. Quality control end-result between Pono and HMS is mind blowing. The setup is just buttery, the frets are super smooth and polished to a chrome-like perfection and I literally can't find one little imperfection on this whole instrument. I've never been so pleasantly surprised by an instrument purchase, and there has been a LOT.

OK now for the things I should have done differently (personal things, NOT HMS or the Uke itself). The action is stellar but I should asked to have it on the low side, I'm a fretting wus. I'm not sure if everybody knows this but even having the option to ask this to be done to a $350 instrument from the re-seller is nothing short of an industry game changer, more amazing HMS. And I asked for, and got, a low G but the combination of it being wound and the massive resonance of the Uke makes it is a bit overpowering so I am going to swap to lower tension nylons.

Playing music all my life I have gotten very used to the game music stores and instrument manufacturers play, yes I'm even a little jaded. Whether is it HMS, the Uke community Uke makers or a combination but color me reformed. What a wonderful experience. Thank you for giving me faith in the true Aloha spirit and I cannot say Mahalo enough.
Review by Derek / (Posted on 4/14/2016)
I waited 8 months to review...and STILL gotta have it.
Everyone is excited about getting a new uke, so I made myself wait to offer this review. I've had my Pono MGT for over 8 months and I am still drawn to this instrument. There is rarely a day when I don't play it.

I see this uke in the same light that I see really good vanilla ice cream. Bear with me. I love vanilla ice cream. I find an absolute joy in simplicity done very well. This uke has no real glitz or glam to it, but it is simply stunning to me in many ways. The mango is naturally a beautiful wood, the rosette is very minimal and tasteful, the rosewood cap on the back of the neck heel is a simple yet sparkling touch of contrast. On top of all of that, the solid construction and expert finishing work make for a complete package.

The sound of this instrument seems warm and welcoming. I've experimented with a couple of string sets. I originally had it set up with the Ko'olau Mahana string with wound 3rd and 4th string (low G). I thought it sounded very guitar like. It was nice, especially for some of the jazz standards I like to play. Of course, part of the fun of having a uke is trying different strings. I missed the re-entrant tuning, so I now use the Freemont Black Line strings. I like them as well. I won't get into my perceived nuances of string sounds, so try different sets and see what you like.

Who other than HMS is going to properly set up each uke that goes out the door? I'm no luthier, but I've experienced other companies that say they set up, and you can tell that obvious corners are cut. See, I don't have to know how to bake an apple pie to know when I'm eating a good one (with or without vanilla ice cream). The people at HMS have been great in their customer service in every aspect.

I thought this was going to be a simple and short review, but I got excited. If you're looking for stunning simplicity and an overall excellent value, I recommend the Pono MGT.
Review by Reid / (Posted on 8/26/2015)
5 stars
The 5 stars says it all !!!
Review by ukester / (Posted on 8/20/2015)
Just buy it
This is my first ukulele but I have been playing guitar for years. The build quality is excellent and the setup was perfect.
Review by KARinger / (Posted on 2/9/2015)
Truely one of a kind
Firstly, I love the tone of my Pono Mango Tenor (The video of Corey from HMS playing this on Vimeo is an accurate representation of the tonal qualities: http://vimeo.com/82941281)
If you are a finger-style player you will love the tone, sustain and resonance as well. This is a picker's uke, hands down. I am a finger-style blues guitar player with 23 years of experience.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the beautiful depth and diversity within the wood grain. This uke shimmers in the light, even though it is a satin finish .

The Ko'olau Mahana strings produce a mellow yet nicely projected sound. On that note. the strings might take some getting used to, they are very thin and tightly strung. These end up working well with Pono's larger than average frets. (Which might take some getting used to as well)

What does this mean? With this string and fret combination, the musician has to apply much less pressure to produce clear notes. It is remarkable how well the notes sing out without much effort. This uke will take some getting used to but once you know this instrument it will do exactly what you want it to do.

All that being said, I would call this a "musician's" ukulele. It is a professional instrument at a very accessible price.
The added truss rod; the professional quality strings; the large, raised frets (Think Stevie Ray Vaughn's #1 with bass frets as a reference) all scream quality instrument.

If you are ready to step up from a laminate to an all wood instrument, I would put Pono at the top of my list for quality, price-point and professional play-ability.

Happy strumming,
Johnson =)
Review by Johnson / (Posted on 11/1/2014)

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