Ono ukuleles are made in Ashland, Oregon by David Ingalls. This is a wonderful new baritone with the regular baritone scale 20" and linear tuning, but the two low strings are accompanied with an octave higher string. This gives you that beautiful chorus sound you get from doubled strings, but still easy to play cleanly when picking melodies with the two high strings, compared to say an 8 string, or the way most other 6 strings have the high string doubled. This makes it different and David accentuated the uniqueness by tuning it up a step, to linear A. We love it. Apparently David collaborated with Kimo Hussey and Dirk Wormhoudt of Southcoast strings to come up with the right string set. It has more power and clarity than you hear from a baritone, but this also sounds fantastic with regular baritone tuning. Even with these strings I thought it sounded great in regular Linear G, but this is one step up in Linear A. Corey shares some thoughts after the sound sample.
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The woods David used on this are a master grade bear claw spruce top with symmetry and figure you never see, a rare and beautiful Makore back and sides with a side sound port, mahogany neck w carbon fiber and cantilevered radius ebony fretboard also reinforced with carbon fiber. It also features top of the line Waverly tuners.
Makore comes from Western African Rain forests and has been described as similar to mahogany but with a deeper tone. Most makore is rather plain but as you can see this has a beautiful quilted figuring. We should note that this is a nitrocellulose gloss lacquer finish showing off these woods. David was originally only using oil finishes but he's now spraying a top notch gloss lacquer finish. The whole thing, construction and finishing is extremely clean and precise craftsmanship. This is a special one that I think any uke player would enjoy. Hats off to David for something different, but natural, and beautiful in look and tone.
Comes in a baritone hard wood case.