The ‘strummer’ range by Kiwaya are seriously good. And don’t let the name deceive you – these work beautifully for fingerstyle too. Kiwaya, known for their meticulous finishing and resonant builds have taken the same concepts used for their Martin-esque builds and applied it to a more Hawaiian style ukulele. This model is made from all solid mahogany.
It really is an incredible uke. The mahogany is superb with really lovely classic mahogany figuring. It is so meticulously built as well, as you’d expect from Kiwaya, but with the most perfect Kanile’a-esque high gloss. The edges are smoothed so it just feels so nice to hold.
More important than any of that though – it sounds amazing. I’d describe the sound as warm but with excellent projection – almost like an old vintage instrument that has opened up. It’s really lovely and the uke is very responsive to both fingerstyle and strumming.