Pono TE-ST Steel String Tenor Electric w/Case

Regular Price: $749.00

Special Price $599.00

  • Pono TE-ST Steel String Tenor Electric w/Case

    Regular Price: $749.00

    Special Price $599.00

    Availability: In stock



    This is a new model from Pono, and a new instrument to the market. It has a TE chambored body but with a pin bridge and steel strings.

    Like a steel string acoustic guitar compared to a nylon stringed classical, this new model gives a different tone and dynamic range. It's more tension than nylon strings naturally, but we set them up low because they don't need the same clearance as nylon strings. One thing is obvious, your sustain is way longer and harmonics jump out like you don't get with nylon strings.

    The body is two solid pieces, one going on top of the other solid peice routed out for an inside chamber that resonates pretty well acoustically, great for practice. Especially when you want to go for dynamics without cutting hard into another persons audio enjoyment in the next room. But it's an acoustic on some level. You can definitely hear the notes well in a quiet room. I'm pretty sure you could still annoy someone without plugging in. It depends how thin your walls are. But the point is, it's great for just grabbing and playing too.

    Plugging in though gives as much volume as you want to make, as well as a range of possibilities and some are even farther reaching with steel. A very versatile instrument especially when you add effects that don't mix with acoustic so well. So, this is a pretty dry sound sample. Maybe we'll plug into effects for fun sometime. But you can hear the basic tone of this steel string tenor.

    It's different than about any uke out there, but any player could play it. Same G-C-E-A. Well, maybe not if they have arthritis in their hands. It is steel strings. But let us know with an note in the special instructions box if you prefer really low action and we can set it up even lower. They are already set up a bit lower than normal nylon strings.

    This comes with the same 4 crystal Pono passive pickup. Better than average output from a passive pickup, and with a very natural sounding amplification.Includes arched top custom hard case.

    Check out this new and unique tenor ukulele.
    Additional Information

    Pono TE-ST

    • Solid Acacia chambored Body
    • Mahogany Neck w/ dual action light weight truss rod
    • Macassar ebony fingerboard (12"radius), faceplate, and bridge
    • Bone Nut and Saddle
    • Pono 4 crystal passive Pickup

    When you buy this ukulele you get a Deluxe Pono/Ko'olau hardshell wooden case  

    One of the options for this ukulele is 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?

    Another option is to switch from the Pono passive system to the Misi active system. The Pono is pickup is more than sufficient for excellent tone, but if you feel like you want a "hotter" active pickup system you can upgrade.

    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.

    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 FedEX 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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