Pono MT-8 - Mahogany Tenor Eight String

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Regular Price: $599.00

Special Price: $479.00

Pono MT-8 - Mahogany Tenor Eight String

Regular Price: $599.00

Special Price: $479.00

Availability: In stock



Pono MT8 Solid Mahogany Tenor Eight String!

The new Pono MT8 is an all solid wood tenor eight string. It is the highest quality eight string you will find for this price. It has all solid high grade mahogany, bone nut and saddle, and after our setup is as smooth as you will find. Also, the adjustable truss rod is a great feature for the eight string ukulele. Often the tension will require minor adjustments and the MT8 is the only eight string on the market with a dual-action adjustable truss rod. This is used to stabilize and adjust the lengthwise forward curvature (also called relief), of the neck. It can be adjusted from right inside the soundhole with an allen wrench provided. Especially with eight string, it is a very useful option to have, and a very easy thing to adjust with little room for error. Video shows the same model but with the pearl colored tuners.

Pono is a value line from the custom ukulele makers – Ko’olau. This tenor 8 string is made of all solid mahogany and has that bright full sound the 8 string is known for. The G and C are octaves apart and the E and A are doubled in unison. An 8 string ukulele fingerings are the same as a 4 string so it is easy to jump into, and the feel for strumming is amazingly smooth. If you want a bigger, richer sound, with beautiful chiming tones, then this tenor size 8 string Pono is for you.

 We always include a humidifier with solid wood instruments. This is not an option, and we do not charge for it.

Photos and video show stock typical. 

Additional Information

Pono – Mahogany Tenor Eight String

  • All Solid Mahogany top, back, and sides.
  • Ebony faceplate, fingerboard, and bridge.
  • Rope marquetry rosette, Pearl fingerboard position dots.
  • Bone nut and saddle.
  • Satin finish.

Koolau Mahana Strings

  • Body Length: 12-1/16”
  • Body width/Upper bout/Lower bout: 6-1/2” 8-15/16”
  • Body Depth upper bout/Lower bout: 2-9/16” 3-1/8”
  • Fingerboard width at nut and 12th fret: 1-3/8” 1-11/16”
  • Soundhole diameter: 2-5/8”
  • Scale length: 16-15/16”



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) 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. 

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.

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.

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 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.


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Unique instrument that will really give you a b road, full range of beautiful overtones in your playing.
1) I am a big fan of Andrew Kitakis, The Ukulele Site and Pono Ukuleles so my expectations were high when I decided to order the MT-8 Mahogany 8 String Tenor Ukulele. I am not disappointed! The fit, finish and Ukulele Site pre-shipment preparation work were as impeccable as I have had in my other 9 Pono Ukuleles purchased here.

2) I bought this ukulele on a bit of a lark thinking it would be a nice instrument for strumming folk tunes with a singer. Wow, did I ever underestimate the fullness of sound and the resonance of this instrument! I grew up in the folk singer era of the 1950's and 1960's with the greats like Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Tom Paxton just to name a few. Their strumming established what this style of playing could be and the ultimate instrument was, of course, the 12 string guitar. I wanted one for the fullness of sound until I actually tried to play one one and discovered you needed the hand strength of Hulk Hogan to make the chords! With my sweet Pono MT-8 I finally got that strumming "wall of sound" with all the intricate over tones generated by the combination of doubled strings and doubled octave strings and did it with string pressures that are really very close to the traditional 4 string ukulele.

3) The sound is amazingly complex for an instrument this size and I actually timed the resonating sound from a basic C chord I strummed to be over 6 seconds. This is a beautifully made, professional quality instrument!
Review by Jerry / (Posted on 8/22/2017)
strummers dream
this uke is just plain fun 12 string guitar in a easy to carry package. it has a great full sound and set up on was on the money. if you are a strummer like me this uke is a dream.
Review by ayn / (Posted on 12/23/2012)

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