The past couple of years - a quiet revolution has been taking place at Kiwaya in Japan. Traditonally, we associate Kiwaya with making the best high end copies of vintage Martin & Co designs on the planet but out in the far east but this brand have a far reaching impact in their native region. The new Strummer series has taken all of that mojo and expertise and set about creating a series of Ukuleles with a more modern aesthetic, modern cosmetic appointments like the High gloss finish and a different neck shape that is slighty wider along with the slightly wider nut width of 37mm.
The KIW-KPC-1K/HG not only has a catchy name (slight sarcasm) but it also has a Hi-grade figured Koa top, some admittedly less figured but still gorgeous Koa back and sides, a very even and noticeably well produced high gloss finish giving you a sound not in any way dissimilar to a Kanile'a K-1 CE or a Kamaka HF-2. In fact, I think Kiwaya have been very clever here producing a Ukulele with a modern visual aesthetic and a really vibrant vintage sound.
The Gotoh tuners feel lightweight but hard wearing and accurate. Very much an upgrade on the more commonly seen Grover tuners. Other details we are also really impressed with are the new neck shape and 37mm nut width. It gives the instrument a real Hawaiian/USA built feel to it but with Japan's precision and attention to detail. Finally, the Ukulele has Worth Brown's fitted by Kiwaya which is a really elegant choice and an improvement on the strings used on the traditional Kiwaya models.
High Grade Solid Koa top Koa back and sides Ebony fingerboard and bridge Gotoh Geared Tuners Worth Brown strings 37mm Nut width Comes in Free Pod Case
Made in Japan