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Now this is not exactly a cheap uke, so it's going to be under scrutiny here to fulfil the expectations that you would expect for nigh on six hundred smackers - not far short of $1,000! It's in the fashion of a vintage Hawaiian soprano ukulele, with solid koa top, back and sides and a mahogany neck. It has a koa fingerboard and quality machine heads that you can tell you can trust. The koa neck reminds you of the dimensions you would be familiar with if you had experienced some of the old Kalua or Kamaka ukuleles from the days of yore, and you can see and feel the intention and nostalgia behind the design.
I do think that it is important to note though that the uke as an instrument has progressed an exponential amount (especially in the past decade) and therefore that vintage sound and style may not be what you are looking for. Just like guitars, you may find that you want something that is intended for ease of intricate playing, or projection, or a more modern appearance. However, if you are after an instrument that gives you the experience and feel of an old, quality instrument without the question of it expiring on you, then this is it. A beautiful instrument that acknowledges its lineage with pride. Rightfully so, too. Case included.