The Kanile'a GL6 is a hybrid instrument that was developed to bring the convenience of the ukuleles size with the chord playability that guitar players love. This instrument has a unique super tenor body in combination with a 20 inch baritone scale joined at the body on the 16th fret with 21 frets total.
The tuning of this wonderful instrument is “A D G C E A” or the same tuning as a guitar with a capo at the fifth fret. The volume and resonance that projects from this instrument is phenomenal for its size. Something about the clever touch and release
Kanile'a bracing system really comes into play on one of these.
There are many secrets to the full sound this instrument produces but I think the most important one is the chunky neck shape with extra wide 50mm nut width. All that extra wood in the neck definitely gives the instrument a bit of 'oomph' and other guitaleles sorely miss that!
2019 models also receive a few upgrades. Firstly, this instrument benefits from Kanile'a's new TRU-R bracing which is a redesigned lightweight version of Kanile'a's previous Touch and Release bracing pattern. The reduction of contact between the top and structural braces creates a clearer longer vibration. You really notice it too, I have played a dozen Kanile'a GL6's over the years but none that come close to being as responsive to single notes and a good strum as this.
A better guitalele you will really struggle to find. Top, top class!
Solid Premium Curly Hawaiian koa top, back and sides
Ebony bridge and fretboard Mahogany neck with satin finish High UV cured gloss finish to body White mother of pearl inlays Ebony faceplate Geared machine heads New TRU-R bracing system GHS strings (A to A tuning) 50mm nut width 20" scale length 16 frets clear from body, 21 in total Free Kanile'a deluxe padded gigbag
Pictures show actual instrument. Video clips feature a different instrument, but you get a good idea of the sound to expect.