This is a very classy instrument from Pono. Famous for their all sollid Acacia, Mango and Mahogany models, they are introducing more spruce topped models across the range, at the lower and higher price points. This is the first satin finish spruce topped Baritone that we have had - and it really has a character all of its own, which makes it well worth considering adding to your armoury.
The gloss on the deluxe models has the effect of tightening the sound, and adding a bitey edge to it. Nothing wrong with that - it suits some and not others. If you want a really lovely warm strumming Baritone, ideal for accompanying vocals, then this Satin finish spruce would be a brilliant choice. Although, it can fingerpick well as well, you may prefer the attack of the gloss finish to give you that extra ping.
Solid spruce top
Solid Acacia back and sides
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Plastic binding top top
Rope marquetry, pearl position dots and pearl logo
Bone nut and saddle
35mm nut width
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.