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OHANA CUSTOM USA - DTK-1 Solid Hawaiian Koa Tenor Ukulele w/Hard Case - #170101

Special Price £1,499.00 £1,249.17 Regular Price £1,699.00

The DKT-1 is Ohana's US made traditional style ukulele with an all solid Hawaiian koa body and an understated, gorgeous spalted maple and walnut rosette inlay. We absolutely love this tenor

There is something so romantic about Californian ukuleles. Whether its the general vibe or history of ingenuity and manufacturing Cali gives off, I don't know but its undeniable that California made musical instruments have a certain lustre about them and many of the worlds best brands, builders and workshops come from this particular part of the west coast of the USA. Da Silva, Cornerstone, Deering, Blackbird, Ben Bonham, Tyde, National, Kala's US custom shop and now the one and only Ohana Ukuleles are producing custom made ukes straight out of their long beach headquarters in Signal Hill, CA. 

Ohana Ukuleles is owned by Louis Wu, an underrated historian in the ukulele world who has been working closely with some of the worlds best musical instrument factories for decades. With Ohana being a US company, they have been keen to produce high end instruments in house with a prototype being quietly shown off to dealers at the NAMM show as far back as 5 years ago. Louis became very impressed with the work of in house technician and New York born luthier Brad some years ago, with the two designing and tweaking designs as side projects within the Ohana family as far back as 2016. Now with much refinement and efforts to keep the traditional Ohana shape and aesthetic qualities; we are honoured as Ohana take the bold step of officially unveiling US instruments, to be the first dealer in Europe to showcase these fantastic instruments.

The custom DTK-1 tenor ukulele is incredibly light and resonant with a gorgeous light modern polyester semi gloss finish. Of the Hawaiian K brand ukuleles with which it will likely be compared - it resembles a traditional Kamaka the most but with some of the playful, brighter sub harmonics you expect from a KoAloha. We definitely need to talk about the bracing which has been refined, designed and tweaked to the limit of weight reduction, stiffness and musical tuning. Much like the famous Kanile'a TRU-R bracing but with more of a single luthier, workshop quality to them.

This tenor ukulele is finished off with a gorgeous Ohana Custom Shop headstock design, faceplate and ebony/white MOP trim.

These ukuleles retail at the same kind of price as a standard Hawaiian koa tenor from one of the standard Hawaiian K brands but what excites us is that they offer something different... this feels more indie, more punk rock. It is my hope these ukuleles become 'the thing' that Ohana become known for in the years to come because there is no denying the talent is there from the builder, the fantastic hand selected tonewoods are there from Ohana themselves and its made in a part of the world known for fantastic manufacturing, forward thinking and innovation.

DKT-1 #170101
Tenor size 17'' scale length
All solid Hawaiian koa
Spalted maple and walnut rosette inlay
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Ebony heel cap and end graft
Ebony and mother of pearl headstock inlay
Gotoh geared tuners
38mm nut width
Bone nut and saddle
D'Addario EJ87T with NYL031W low G
Comes in an Ohana hard case

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