I’ve been so impressed by these new builds from Kiwaya. I’ve always loved their meticulous Martin-esque sopranos and was delighted to see the same attention to detail has been applied to these. This series has been designed to give a more Hawaiian feel, with a 37mm but width for more room and a beautifully designed tenor shape. Everything about it oozes quality. The gloss is mirror perfect, the frets wonderfully smooth and the chamfered is edges make the whole thing so comfortable to hold and play.
This model is made from all solid koa and this gives it that classic Hawaiian sound with shimmering highs and a relaxed depth when fingerpicked. They’ve called this their ‘strummer’ series but it handles fingerstyle beautifully. The top is think and resonant and the whole things plays effortlessly. A real joy.
These really give the Hawaiian made tenors a run for their money. They’re right up there in terms of build and sound. Amazing.