This solid Hawaiian Mango concert ukulele from
Ana'Ole is brought to you straight from Hawaii. If you've always dreamed of owning an authentic Hawaiian ukulele but want to avoid the big brands, this is for you. We're so excited to bring this incredible ukulele brand to a European market that does so well in Honolulu, Kaikoloa and the far East.
Ana'Ole means immeasurable in Hawaiian. We can't help but agree when we consider the value for money you get with this stunning ukulele. The AC model is a fully Hawaiian made ukulele built of solid figured Mango. It has a gloss finish with a kiawe (Hawaiian wood) fingerboard and bridge, mahogany neck and good quality open geared grover tuners.
The neck profile is reminiscent of other Hawaiian builds. It's quite chunky but this ukulele bucks the usual Hawaiian trends with a slightly narrower 33 mm nut width... Strangely though, the string spacing is still 27mm (the same as Pono, AnueNue and Millar Concerts) we all played it without realising the nut width was slender because the neck is just so damn familiar. In fact, the whole package is incredibly desirable whilst remaining considerably more affordable than the more established Hawaiian manufacturers. We even find ourselves remeasuring the nut for customers that try these ukes because they don't feel slender at all - its a real phenomenon
The sound is very similar to many older
Kamaka ukuleles we have seen. It has plenty of the usual koa bubbliness we have come to expect but with slightly more prominent mids like Martin and Gibson ukes. The finish is also very reminiscent of years gone by too with an almost waxy high gloss finish that reminds us of KoAloha pre-2012 or 1970s Kamakas.
I can see many customers comparing these to
Pono ukuleles at a similar price and walking away with the Ana'Ole. It offers something a bit more unique with rustic charm. The waxy finish can make the instrument appear older than it is but the important thing is the way in which the gloss finish works with the tone woods.
The price of these instruments is much lower than the K brands not because they sound inferior (quite the opposite in fact, they sound stunning!) but because not a huge amount of time is spent on the finishing. So, cosmetic issues with the finish are to be expected - some runs in the gloss, drying marks and pockmarks where the nitrocellulose finish has sunk into the open pores of the wood are common. No grain filler is used on these ukes, which goes towards the sound being as good as it is, but be aware that this comes at a cost to the finish.
There really isn't anything to say about Ana'Ole except where have you been all my life?
AC model Solid Hawaiian Mango top, back and sides Hawaiian kiawe fingerboard and bridge 33mm nut width 391mm scale length Bone nut and saddle Sapele mahogany neck, gloss finish Open geared grover tuners Fluorocarbon high G GCEA strings Nitro cellulose high gloss finish over open pore Comes in 10mm padded gigbag VIDEO