I am absolutely delighted to be stocking the Kiwaya KTS series. I have owned both the KTS4 and KTS7 and they are some of my all time favourite ukes. In fact I’d say they are two of the best sopranos I have ever played.
The KTS-7 is the creme de la creme of Kiwaya sopranos. The mahogany used is Honduran and produces a slightly smoother sound than the KTS4 to my ears. It also features beautiful abalone detailing on the rosette and a meticulous black and white binding. It really is pure class.
Modelled on the vintage Martin designs of the early twentieth century these ukes are the closest you get to the sound and feel of a vintage Martin. The sound is punchy and vibrant with a real soprano bark. The solid top is so thin that the whole uke resonates beautifully and produces a big volume.
I have changed the stock strings to Martin M600 fluorocarbons which I think sound even better on these ukes.
The craftsmanship is meticulous with every detail right on. I’m really impressed that Kiwaya have also added Gotoh UPT tuners which look like traditional friction pegs but are in fact geared tuners that are incredibly smooth and easy to use.