This new Pono baritone ukulele offers all of the bass richness associated with a large baritone but with the added zing of steel strings. So you can create a really different sound and feel with this instrument than you can with a nylon strung baritone ukulele - more akin to an acoustic guitar but without the two bass strings. But to think of it just as a cut down guitar is to do it a disservice - it has a beautiful, bluesy character all of its own. And when you play up the neck you appreciate the extra glitter that the steel strings give you.
Baritone ukuleles are very of the moment. We are finding that more and more of our customers are adding a baritone to their collection - something about its rich warmth makes it really compelling.
Pono recently revamped and condensed their range of super baritones such as these and the Nui series. This new UL4-2 is no longer solid mahogany all round, but rather a cedar top with solid mahogany back and sides. The cedar top is the right choice for a baritone with steel strings; the warm and resonance that it generates in the lower registers is just absolutely stunning.
In the hand you really have to appreciate the craftsmanship of the clever guys at Pono. The Pono UL4-2 is flawlessly well made, with a very light but incredibly solid body (which is where the impressive sustain and volume come from) and the neck feels very playable and easy.
A complete winner!
Solid cedar top
Solid mahogany back and sides
Mahogany neck, satin finish
Ebony bridge and fingerboard
Pearl logo and position dots.
Bone nut and saddle
Grover tuning machines
Gloss finish to body
Steel strings tuned EBGD (baritone uke tuning)
Nut width: 1 3/8 inches
Scale length: 21.4 inches
Free Pono deluxe woodshell hard case
About the 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.
It is of interest to note that only the finest grades of quartersawn hardwoods, such as acacia, 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.
Please note: pictures show an average example. For pictures of actual stock, please drop us a line.