Kanile'a K-3 Master Grade Curly Koa Tenor Ukulele Gloss - TRU-R bracing #26046
What an instrument the K-3 Kanile'a tenor ukulele is! It's bold and strident when you want it to be, sweet and melodic when you want it to be, and every step between. Forget the stunning looks for now, the sound is what it is all about.
Joe Souza's dedication to getting the very best sound out of koa is nothing short of legendary. The redesigned TRU-R touch and release bracing system helps every vibration from the strings to move the top for longer, giving each note huge room to sustain. It also means that you can get great amounts of "light and shade" in your playing.
You notice that when fingerpicking just a slight tickle of a string gives you an immediate and satisfying response. Equally, when you strum fiercely each note is perfectly weighted in attack, prominence and sustain, making the chord very clear and unmuddy, even when strung with a low G, or played with vigour up the neck. You have to love Kanile'a and their 38mm nut width too; perfect for us sausage fingered players out there.
The pictures show the true holographic nature of this quartersawn and bookmatched curly koa. When viewed from one direction, the right hand side of both the top and the back looks darker, and when viewed from the opposite direction, the effect is reversed. There are more darker grain features on the right hand side of the top, as the close up photos demonstrates.
It sounds great, it looks great, it plays great. I bet all other tenor ukuleles are jealous!
You can listen to the very tenor ukulele in this listing in the video above!
Premium curly koa body
Ebony fretboard and bridge
TRU-R bracing system
Tortoise binding front and back
Wood inlay rosette
Sand inlay position dots
South American mahogany neck
38mm nut width, with 29mm G to A string spacing
17" scale length
Chrome geared Grover tuner keys
UV gloss finish
Deluxe Kanile'a padded case
Aquila super nylgut strings