Pono MB-E All Solid Mahogany Electro Acoustic Baritone Ukulele Satin
The first thing you notice about Pono's Mahogany instruments is the lack of stain. The natural Mahogany looks sensational, with the grain showing beautifully, and every nuance in the wood showing through. Ponos are always impeccably well made, and this model is no exception. The attention to detail in the finish is very high, which fills you with confidence as you pick it up to play. And when you do play it, you hear such a warm, rich, loud voice which would grace any purpose.
The bone nut and saddles, the very tightly grained solid wood, and the very tight build quality mean that the Pono MB sustains very well, allowing chords in the first few positions and notes plucked nearer the top of the fretboard to ring for a long time. This instrument has been one of our very best selling Baritones for a number of years for a very very good reason!
This model differs from the Pono MBD (the more expensive gloss deluxe version) in that it has a satin finish. If you prefer a slightly darker, mellower sound then the MB will be perfect, but if you want a little more pep and zing in the sound then the gloss MBD would be a better choice.
We retrofit a Fishman PRO-AGO-UKE passive undersaddle pickup to a Pono MB with a chrome endpin jack socket.
Solid Mahogany top, back, and sides
Rosewood faceplate, fingerboard and bridge
Rope marquetry rosette
Pearl logo and position dots
Bone nut and saddle
Passive Fishman PRO-AGO-UKE pickup with chrome endpin jack socket
About the Pono line: The “Pono” line is made by Ko’olau one of the oldest and most traditional Hawaiian ukulele manufacturers. Ko’olau’s goal throughout the years has been to provide the highest quality stringed instruments available with a high standard of craftsmanship. And besides methods of construction to optimize tone and volume, they stress the importance of cosmetic beauty. It is of interest to note that only the finest grades of quartersawn hardwoods, such as Mahogany, Rosewood, and Ebony are selected for Pono instruments. However, only 20% pass the stringent requirements of density, grain patterns, flexibility, and cosmetic aesthetics. This is virtually unknown, especially in the Asian import market. We are proud of the fact that all of the Pono instruments are made of solid woods.