We are absolutely delighted to bring
Ana'Ole ukuleles to the UK. They're a ukulele company long established as a house brand of ukulele shops around Honolulu and Kaikoloa as well as in some specialist shops in the far east. We are extremely excited to bring these lovely looking instruments over the Europe and see for ourselves what all the fuss is about!
Ana'Ole means 'immeasurable' in Hawaiian and when considering the value for money it's hard not to nod my head in agreement. This ATC model features an upgraded curly koa body, a gorgeous 'Kamaka-esque' abalone rosette and front and back binding. It also features an ebony fingerboard and bridge which really adds a sense of luxury to the feel of the ukulele and a bit more attack to the overall sound.
The neck is mahogany and the tuners on this model are rotomatic mini grover tuners, definitely an upgrade on 99% of the tuners Ana'ole could have used... Man I love these tuners!
The neck profile is reminiscent of other Hawaiian builds being quite chunky with a 37 mm nut width. It's incredible really that a new neck with so few hours life can feel so damn familiar and played in but all of these ukuleles do. In fact, the whole package is incredibly desirable whilst remaining considerably more affordable than the more established Hawaiian manufacturers.
In addition to the upgraded wood and fingerboard materials, this ukulele also features an abalone rosette and abalone front binding around the body. Truly deluxe appointments on an already very refined looking ukulele.
The sound is very similar to many older
Kamaka ukuleles we have seen. It has real chime and presence when you play single notes and a very open slightly throaty sound when you strum a chord. This sound won't be for everyone because it isn't quite as clean and compressed as modern UV finish lacquer instruments tend to be but the traditionalists out there are going to love it.
Speaking of the finish - it is also very reminiscent of years gone by too with an almost waxy high gloss finish that reminds us of KoAloha pre-2012 or 1970's Kamaka's we have been privileged to hold in recent memory. The beauty of the ATSC model is that it really does look the part. The vintage spec cosmetic upgrades are so distinctly Hawaiian and a perfect homage to the very famous Kamaka deluxe models with abalone but at about half of the price of the real deal!
If you have dreamed of owning a Hawaiian made ukulele but are not ready to invest in some of the bigger brands then Ana'Ole is definitely worth paying attention to. I can see many customers comparing these to
Pono ukuleles at a similar price and walking away with the Ana'Ole because it offers something a bit more unique with rustic charm.
The waxy finish can make the instrument appear older than it is, but tonally, the light gloss finish works with the tone woods perfectly. As the finish is nitro cellulose over open pore wood, some pitting and pockmarks are to be expected. There really isn't anything to say about Ana'Ole except where have you been all my life?
Pictures show actual instrument.
ATC model Solid Hawaiian curly koa top, back and sides Ebony fingerboard and bridge 37 mm nut width Bone nut and saddle Paua abalone rosette Paua abalone front binding with 3 ply purfling Sapele mahogany neck, gloss finish Deluxe grover rotomatic tuners Fluorocarbon high G GCEA strings Nitro cellulose high gloss finish over open pore Comes in a pod case