KoAloha KSM-00 All Solid Hawaiian Koa Soprano Ukulele #03 (Small Mark)
This koa soprano is a seriously beautiful ukulele from KoAloha. It combines effortless playability with bags of tone, projection and stunning looks. You won't find a better soprano than this, KoAloha's are the best in the world. Their clever internal bracing allows the top to vibrate for longer and harder. That means more volume and sustain, which are hard to achieve at soprano scale.
Probably the loudest, most vibrant koa soprano ukulele on the market today. It's an absolute sound cannon!
2021 has been a bit of a transitional year for many of us... the best laid plans were put on hold for many people in 2020 including KoAloha's silver anniversary. Having to down tools during a landmark year was the perfect recipe to go back to the drawing board and redesign the company’s staple instruments. The 25 series anniversary models brought about a more streamlined appearance and new geared tuners across the range as well as improved gloss finishing.
What does this all mean? Well it means that KoAloha are moving into a new period. I can tell you hand on heart that all of these changes have made for a more exciting and refined ukulele. KoAloha were to us here at SUS the cheeky sibling of the Hawaiian K brands with an untamed and open sound.
The new gloss has given the wilder frequencies a bit of a haircut and the overall appearance of modern KoAlohas and the sound is sleeker and smoother. These new appointments and the quality of the wood make for an instrument at 'standard' Hawaiian prices that more closely resemble the popular factory/custom Red Label Ukuleles that we would fawn over in previous years.
The KoAloha KSM-00 soprano ukulele has all the brightness you expect from koa, bags of volume and sustain owing to the fabulous proprietary unit brace system that the clever people at KoAloha use. It feels very light in the hand, very balanced. What you notice most when you play is the clarity of its voice. It has great note separation and a huge expressive range.
Bear in mind that no grain filler is used on these ukes, which helps to keep the instrument sounding as good as it does. But, it can mean that you can find a few small pits in the finish, where the gloss sinks into pores, features or grain in the wood. There is one such mark to the top on the bottom bout just near the edge shown in the pictures, but there are other similar around the body.
Pictures show actual instrument you will receive. Sadly this one has arrived with a tiny pin prick run in the gloss. We have photographed it and as you can see its very subtle but we have discounted the instrument slightly anyway.
All solid Hawaiian koa body
CNC shaped neck
Ebony fretboard and bridge
TUSQ(tm) nut and saddle
KoAloha 5-pointed crown headstock
Fretboard inlay dots made of abalone
Wooden label (new for late 2021/early 2022)
KoAloha's patented "Musubi" soundhole
37mm nut width
28mm string spacing at nut
KoAloha high G strings installed
KoAloha branded Der Jung geared tuners
New KoAloha abalone headstock logo
KoAloha woodshell hard case included