The Kanile'a K-1 TE is world famous. In the same vein as the Taylor Acoustic guitar brand - Kanile'a have established themselves as the go-to brand for a high end Hawaiian made Ukulele built with the most modern techniques and innovations. The K-1's utilise Hawaiian Koa bodies with Ebony fittings, good quality machine heads and consistency across the various models they produce that other manufacturers would dream of.
This K-1 T5 is a new 5 string model that keeps everything you know and love about the K-1 4 strings while allowing you to play High and Low G at the same time. The figuring on this wood is just delicious and it sounds as good as it looks. If you are on the hunt for a world class 5 string then look no further - Kanile'a have simply mastered them starting with the K-1 T5.
Solid Select Koa Body
Ebony Fret Board and Bridge
White pearl position dots
South American mahogany neck
Geared Grover Tuner Keys
UV Gloss finish
Aquila Super Nylgut strings - wound low G
38mm nut width (same as the 4 string)
17" 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.