Kanile'a SUS Concert, Tenor's and Baritone Ukulele
As a Kanile'a dealer of nearly ten years, and their biggest overseas dealer, our love for Kanile'a Ukuleles is unquestionable, so to be able to offer this model really is a dream come true for us. Rob began discussions with Kanile'a about a model unique to SUS way back in 2016 during an annual visit to Joe Souza at Kanile'a HQ. Our recent visits to see them at the NAMM show were also a great opportunity to go back and forth on the specifics. And although it took a while to get to this point, we are proud to offer a Kanile'a instrument that offers a beautiful look, beautiful sound, exquisite build quality - and excellent value for money.
We all know how excellent Kanile'a are at handling Koa and Spruce. But, we have always loved the way that Cedar looks and sounds on ukuleles. So, we asked Joe if he could get some good Cedar, and without compromising on any aspect of quality, make the range of sizes to include a Tenor Kanile'a that we could retail under £1000.
So - what is the result?
In short - utterly glorious. You will notice that the Alaskan Rainbow Cedar top is gorgeous; not quite as uniform in grain as traditional Western Red Cedar but rather more textured, with gorgeously defined rainbow shapes in browns, purples and blacks in the figuring. The grain may not always run completely straight but the complex streaks have personality and make the instrument both look and sound mature and inviting like good wood should.
The back and sides are a little more conventional (not a bad thing). Mahogany is not a wood commonly associated with many contemporary Hawaiian instrument makers but its history with the Ukulele going back to early Martin Sopranos of the teens and '20s make it an elegant choice for our SUS Kanile'a model. The fact that Kanile'a have carefully matched the stain on the Mahogany to compliment the Cedar tops is a lovely bonus. Don't be tricked into thinking the back and sides are Koa because of that lovely gold and amber tinge under the UV gloss finish.
Check out this video of Alex and Phil taking the for a test drive...
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Until next time