Pops began making ukuleles in the early 90s by producing miniature ukuleles for Japanese tourists, before forming the
KoAloha brand. His spirit for the unique and wonderful continues in the work his sons Paul and Alan do today at KoAloha and in his retirement years, we are absolutely delighted to be the first European dealer to stock his Pops Custom Ukuleles, also known as UkeSA.
Pops produces these masterpiece sceptre ukuleles by himself from his home workshop in Hawaii and although some of them have arrived with minor cosmetic issues, we can't get enough! It is a real treat to have a ukulele from the Grandfather of KoAloha, a true Hawaiian music legend and spiritually one of the people that truly embodies Aloha spirit.
The sceptre came about after a dream Pops had in 2006-2007. He produced the early sceptre prototypes in an attempt to recreate the ukulele that he had imagined and the model briefly became a custom order model with KoAloha in 2010-2013.
The sceptre itself mirrors the famous 5 point crown on the KoAloha headstocks and although these ukuleles bear Pop's new custom label and spec; it is just lovely to see him making this model again after such a long period of them being out of production. Pops actually sold off his original mid 2000's prototypes back in 2018 when KoAloha completed their factory move to Kona street and this batch are among the only others to be produced since 2013.
tenor ukuleles from Pops are absolutely world class in terms of design, and sound. Each of them has some small cosmetic issues, which you have to consider as part of the character of the instrument - the Japanese principle of Wabi-sabi, where you love something more because of its flaws, needs to be born in mind!
This one arrived here with patch of small dents to the upper bottom bout (see pics) and the price has been reduced by £100 accordingly.
Solid koa top, back and sides 436mm scale length 37mm nut width Mahogany neck Flamed maple headplate Ebony fretboard and bridge Maple fretboard inlays Planetary geared tuners Uke-Reka high G clear fluorocarbon strings 52mm body depth 28mm G to A string spacing Satin finish NuBone nut and saddle