This is a fabulously refined tenor ukulele model from the Pono Pro-Classic range. As you would expect from Pono, the design, build quality and finish are all superb. This is certainly one of the best instruments currently being made in the east.
Solid spruce and mahogany is a classic combination of woods, which together make a very full and rounded sound. The spruce top is an excellent choice for a player looking for a sharp attack on the notes, and plenty of volume, with a sound accentuated towards brightness at the top end of the register.
That is not to say that the lower register is denuded in any way, quite the opposite. You find a very beautiful kind of twang in the bottom end when you pluck or strum hard, which will be familiar to flamenco guitarists. When picked you appreciate the clarity and sustain, when strummed quietly you appreciate the note definition and when strummed hard you appreciate the headroom and volume that you can achieve.
There is nothing this little beauty cannot do! Apart from mow the lawn, fix your car etc etc. Soundwise, it is sounding absolutely wonderful at the moment, having opened up beautifully.
This used Pono tenor ukulele is in very good cosmetic order indeed. Only a few small marks and light scratches to the top, back and sides, so its getting a 9/10. Pictures show actual instrument.
Solid spruce top
Solid mahogany back and sides
Koa binding with wood purfling
Ebony faceplate, fingerboard, and bridge
High quality abalone rosette, pearl logo and position dots
Bone nut and saddle
Sunburst gloss finish
35mm nut width
Worth BT high G strings
Free 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.