I love it when we get new ukuleles in stock which actually match their hype. We found out about these a few months ago, saw the pictures, thought we'd have a look - jolly glad we did! Think of a Pono crossed with an aNueNue, and you come close to the kind of build quality and looks to expect. They are very plainly designed, but well built and nicely finished. The body is made of all solid Philippine Mango wood, which makes a very rounded, sweet sound. The only other wood to be found on this model is the rosewood fingerboard and bridge - which is slightly harder than the Mango wood found on the MT-11 and as such soaks up fewer vibrations and helps towards a slight increase in volume and sustain. The difference is almost imperceptible, but some people might just prefer the traditional rosewood fixtures and fittings for no other reason than familiarity!
onally, this uke makes a very sweet, balanced sound, very Pono-esque (which is a compliment!), and has plenty of headroom for strumming hard. Picking style sound very crisp, and strumming sounds very clean. The lightweight body and bone nut and saddle really help to make the most of the sustain and volume, and make it a very lovely instrument to play and listen to. Aquila strings are fitted at the factory, and high quality Gotoh tuners are fitted, which make tuning it up a dream. Size: Tenor Body: All Solid Philippine Mango Wood Neck: All Solid Philippine Mango Wood Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood Finish: Semi Gloss Nr. of Frets: 18 Tuners: Gotoh UT-18