The GL6 is a hybrid instrument that was developed to bring the convenience of the ukuleles size with the chord playability that guitar players love. This instrument has a unique Super Tenor body in combination with a 20 inch Baritone scale joined at the body on the 16th fret with 21 frets total. The tuning of this wonderful instrument is “A D G C E A” or the same tuning as a guitar with a capo at the fifth fret. The volume and resonance that projects from this instrument is phenomenal for its size. Something about the clever touch and release Kanile'a bracing system really comes into play on one of these. There are many secrets to the full and clinical sound this instrument produces but I think the most important one is the chunky neck shape with extra wide 50mm nut width. All that extra wood in the neck definitely gives the instrument a bit of 'oomph' and other Guitalele's sorely miss that!
2019 models also receive a few upgrades. Firstly, this instrument benefits from Kanile'a's new TRU-R bracing which is a redesigned lightweight version of Kanile'a's previous bracing - the reduction of contact between the top and structural braces creates a clearer longer vibration - you really notice it too, I have played a dozen Kanile'a GL6's over the years but none that come close to being as responsive to single notes and a good strum as this.
Secondly, the GL6 and K-1 models have a new Ebony faceplate and the sand inlays of old are replaced with clearer white pearl inlays.
Thirdly, this instrument comes with a fitted hard case by Kanile'a which as anyone who has ever owned a Super Tenor shape Kanile'a will confirm was a much needed upgrade as finding cases to fit this size can be incredibly hard.
Finally, the necks on gloss instruments are now satin meaning you get all the benefit of a gloss body finish but with a more natural worn in feeling neck.
All solid koa construction makes for a beautiful sound, full and luscious but well defined, with bags of sustain. This model has been upgraded with Ebony fixtures and fittings which help increase volume and sustain, and also helps to avoid complications with the new CITES restrictions on Rosewood.
A better guitalele you will really struggle to find. Top, top class!
Solid Hawaiian Koa top, back and sides Ebony bridge and fretboard High UV cured gloss finish White mother of pearl inlays
Geared machine heads New TRU-R bracing system GHS strings (A to A tuning) 50mm nut width 20" scale length 16 frets clear from body, 21 in total Free Kanile'a Hard Case included