This is a really excellent alternative to the expensive Hawaiian brands if you’d really like that classic Hawaiian koa look and sound. I can’t think of another model where you get beautiful figured all solid Hawaiian koa at this price. As with all Uma ukes the set-up on these are really great so they’re incredibly comfortable to play. We set-up everything by hand ourselves but with some ukes the action can only go so low before you get buzzing – whereas these come with super low action at the nut already.
The koa itself is really beautiful and has a nice flame to it. It produces what I would call a classic bubbly koa tone – quite nice and light (not too bright but on the brighter side) with a really great sustain. It also features really nice geared tuners with wooden buttons and a very clean gloss finish. AND – a nice gig bag!! Who could ask for more.