This solid Hawaiian koa concert ukulele from Ana'Ole is brought to you straight from Hawaii. If you've always dreamed of owning an authentic Hawaiian ukulele but want to avoid the big brands, this is for you. We're so excited to bring this incredible ukulele brand to a European market that does so well in Honolulu, Kaikoloa and the far East.
Ana'Ole means immeasurable in Hawaiian. We can't help but agree when we consider the value for money you get with this stunning koa concert ukulele. The AC model is a fully Hawaiian made ukulele built of solid figured Hawaiian koa. It has a gloss finish with a kiawe (Hawaiian wood) fingerboard and bridge, mahogany neck and good quality open geared grover tuners.
The neck profile is reminiscent of other Hawaiian builds. It's quite chunky but this ukulele bucks the usual Hawaiian trends with a slightly narrower 33 mm nut width... Strangely though, the string spacing is still 27mm (the same as Pono, AnueNue and Millar Concerts) we all played it without realising the nut width was slender because the neck is just so damn familiar. In fact, the whole package is incredibly desirable whilst remaining considerably more affordable than the more established Hawaiian manufacturers. Every time I pick one up I end up remeasuring the nut because I can't believe how playable it feels
The sound is very similar to many older Kamaka ukuleles we have seen. It has plenty of the usual koa bubbliness we have come to expect but with slightly more prominent mids like Martin and Gibson ukes. The finish is also very reminiscent of years gone by too with an almost waxy high gloss finish that reminds us of KoAloha pre-2012 or 1970s Kamakas.
I can see many customers comparing these to Pono ukuleles at a similar price and walking away with the Ana'Ole. It offers something a bit more unique with rustic charm. The waxy finish can make the instrument appear older than it is but the important thing is the way in which the gloss finish works with the tone woods. As the finish is nitro cellulose over open pore wood, some pitting and pockmarks are to be expected.
This one has a very slight twist in the neck, with the G string side slightly raised at the nut. It does not affect playability at all, and still sounds and feels lovely. So, offered at a bargain price!
Solid Hawaiian koa top, back and sides
Hawaiian kiawe fingerboard and bridge
33 mm nut width
Sapele mahogany neck, gloss finish
Open geared grover tuners
Fluorocarbon high G GCEA strings
Nitro cellulose high gloss finish over open pore
Comes in 10mm padded gigbag