This year Kanile'a unveiled their first ever pineapple ukulele. The pineapple ukulele shape has always been popular and just on the fringes of ukulele culture. Kamaka invented the pineapple ukulele, KoAloha refined it and made it their own, and now Kanile'a have introduced a premium pineapple tenor ukulele with some forward thinking modifications. Most importantly, it has a a warmth and depth that defies the compact size of a tenor ukulele.
The 2019 platinum pineapple tenor ukulele is one of the first to feature Kanilea's modified and updated TRU-R bracing. The system offers full support to the structure of a ukulele with absolutely minimal dampening on the top. This big papa's master grade koa top has all the space in the world it needs to vibrate and every single TRU-R braced model we have tried so far has been open and more expressive than ever before!
As well as key upgrades to the bracing and build design, Kanile'a have included a smoothed out ebony beveled arm rest to this ukulele. They've eliminated the squared off edges that have put some people off this shape in the past. This model is comfortable, subtle, stylish and practical.
If you're looking for more excellent additions to this model, check out Kanilea's custom pineapple shaped twin hole side sound port. The platinum also features; exquisite matching curly mango sound hole rosette and fret board position markers - Kanile'a's lightweight and well balanced cobra head stock with the tiny but pinpoint accurate gotoh stealth tuners and Kanile'a have even offset the fast curing UV gloss finish on the body with a much more comfortable satin finish on the neck.
Finally, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new model but what Kanile'a continue to do year on year is produce a limited edition model that offers something completely unique. You would be hard pressed to ever find another premium pineapple tenor ukulele and certainly not one with such carefully designed and thoughtful appointments. Joe Souza is an absolutely masterful designer and each year we are blown to bits by his efforts to innovate and reinvigorate the ukulele scene. Kanile'a have really made their mark on 2019 with this.
2019 platinum limited edition pineapple tenor ukulele Master grade koa body Curly mango rosette with black trim Black front binding Ebony wood armrest 38mm nut width Mahogany neck, with satin finish UV gloss finish Custom pineapple side sound port Ebony fingerboard, bridge and head plate Curly mango position markers Custom Kanile'a pineapple logo Black tusq nut and saddle Black gotoh stealth tuners Cobra slotted head stock Aquila super nylgut high G strings
Video below is of the actual Ukulele