A beautiful Hawaiian made ukulele. Using only the finest cuts of Koa, this uke was made by the original team at Imua led by master craftsmen Shinji Takahashi to a very high standard (Shinji helped establish the company before returning to Japan to build his own instruments). The key to Imua's success has always been using Japanese construction techniques and values with Hawaiian materials. The result is the perfect blend of quality and character. The sound is as you would expect from Koa, bright and bubbly. This Imua is number 038, making it one of the very first instruments to roll of the production line. As an Imua dealer of 6-7 years - we can confirm that we have literally never played a bad one and often the wait for a new delivery can spill into years, rather than months because they are so determined to put out the best Ukulele possible without charging bespoke luthier prices.
It sustains extremely well for such a diddy uke, and the intonation is as precise as it ever gets on a soprano instrument. It just feels like a properly well made instrument in the hand, as well as sounding like a world class instrument to the ears!
The original owner clearly loved this Ukulele. The condition for a 5 year old instrument is 9.5/10 with a couple of very feint strum lines in the very light water based gloss finish. These Ukuleles do not come up for sale often and not many of them were made. Imua have always been the underdog in a Ukulele market where the companies local competition involves Kanile'a, Kamaka and KoAloha but if you want a traditional sounding and feeling Soprano that could last you a lifetime and don't mind looking at something other than a K brand then give Imua your time.
Top, Back, & Sides: Solid Hawaiian Koa
Neck: Genuine (Honduras) Mahogany, CNC carved
Fingerboard & Bridge: Indian Rosewood w/ Abalone Dots
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone Custom Prepared
Tuner: Friction pegs with Pearloid buttons
Nut width: 36 mm
Strings: Currently Aquila Lava
Scale Length : 381.0 mm
18 Frets with Genuine Abalone Position Markers and Fret Dots at 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, and 15th position
Strap button fitted to bottom bout