Kanile'a make some of the finest ukuleles on the sunny island of Oahu. Their instruments have incredible finishes, really second to none, and they possess incredible poise, both physically and sonically. The K-1TE has been to many the ultimate Hawaiian Tenor with gorgeous wood but not too many striking and expensive cosmetic upgrades... The Hawaiian standard got a new make over in 2019 with new upgraded bracing, ebony face plates and pearl inlays replacing the beach sand. Kanile'a also introduced two Super Tenor options - What's a super Tenor?
I'm glad you asked - the Super Tenors have enlarged bodies with wider stretched lower bouts that create a more open and airy sound. Slightly less sleepy and bright and a bit more direct in sound. The real innovation with the Super Tenor design is the option to have either a standard 17'' scale length (Tenor neck) or a larger 19'' scale (equidistant to Tenor and Baritone scale). The 19'' scale length can work seemlessly with either GCEA or DGBE tuning and offers a slightly tigher tension in standard GCEA tuning in the same way as a Concert Uke compliments the Soprano. Interestingly, this reduced Baritone scale length also makes Baritone playing a bit lighter on the hand if you want to mix things up a bit.
Solid Select Koa Body
Ebony Fret Board and Bridge
White pearl position dots
South American mahogany neck
Chrome Geared Grover Tuner Keys
UV Gloss finish
Aquila Super Nylgut strings
38mm nut width
19" scale length
Kanile'a Deluxe Padded Gigbag
Updated TRU-R Bracing
They feel so light in the hand, thanks to very clever bracing and beautifully refined, high quality thin wood being used. Everything on the bodies is designed to maximise vibrations - the "touch and release" bracing allows the top to ring for longer, the internal binding top the top and back is as minimal as possible without compromising structural integrity, and the wood is very carefully selected for the correct grain properties which allows the soundwaves to be created. And everything is put together by master craftsmen, who love what they do, and this shows.
As of early 2019, all Kanile'a models come with Kanile'a TRU-R bracing. The TRU-R bracing pattern allows even less contact between the braces and top allowing for a truer vibration and a noticeable increase in sustain on all models. Finally, from 2019 - Kanile'a K-1 models will come with an updated Ebony headstock faceplate and white pearl inlays.