New instrument from Pono! Beautiful Solid Mahogany and Englemann Spruce Top 8 string.
This is new and unique instrument from Pono Guitar & Ukulele. It has a 23" scale and Pono's original "baritone nui" size. This is the deluxe version so it has a perfect satin finish, abalone rosette, and the 18:1 ratio Grover tuners.
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. The video is of the gloss finish model so we still need to record this satin finish model but the tones are basically the same.
This new model features the finest solid tonewoods, top and back ebony binding, and a custom fit arched top hardshell case.
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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