We love the Pono MGC mango
concert ukulele. Mango wood is possibly the best looking woods on the market for instruments, full stop. It has such a varied grain pattern, with light and dark shades running through it, and flaming and silking as well to create an almost holographic effect. Tonally, it is on the mellower and darker side and is perhaps not suitable when you want a scythingly bright tone, but it is full, rich and rounded and has a lovely warmth in the bass.
The finish on the Pono MGC mango concert ukulele really allows the wood to speak for itself. There is very little in the way of decoration, and a very simple satin finish. In the hand it feels superbly balanced, and extremely well made and finished - which is also reflected in the sound. From delicate picking to vigorous strumming, you notice how poised the sound is, never harsh or muddy.
This is the satin version, so the mellower sounding of the two Pono mango concerts. If you want a slightly brighter sound the gloss finish Pono MGCD would be a better bet.
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Solid mango top, back, and sides Ebony faceplate, fingerboard and bridge Rope marquetry rosette, pearl logo and position dots Bone nut and saddle Ko'olau high G strings 35mm nut width Satin finish
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. VIDEO
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.