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Kanilea K 3 Tenor Premium Curly Koa Ukulele

 Kanilea K 3 Tenor Premium Curly Koa Ukulele

Kanilea specialize in standard to professional grade musical instruments. Each `ukulele is finely hand crafted using the highest grade, well-seasoned wood and scaled to produce a perfect intonation.

These instruments are meticulously built by skilled craftsmen, under the guidance of Master Luthier, Joseph Souza. Their state of the art, humidity controlled facilities in Kaneohe, Hawaii allows Kanile`a `Ukulele balance "Traditions and Technologies".

This Kanilea K3 Tenor is one of the most beautiful ukes you will find. It's Hawaii's finest exotic curly Koa wood with unique curls and brilliant coloring. It has a full rich tone with sparkling highs and a warm body of sustain and comes equipped with the LR Baggs Micro EQ.

This Kanilea K-3 tenor is "the total package"! Superb in every way. A dream ukulele! An open voice, a strong projection, and a perfect glassy finish!

This Kanilea K 3 Tenor Premium Curly Koa Ukulele is in excellent condition. It has a few crazing marks on the back and neck, and some finish wear on the side. We have attempted to capture all wear in the detailed photos below. It has no fretwear and includes a hardshell case.

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Collings Ukulele UT2 Tenor Figured Mahogany

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 Collings Ukulele UT2 Tenor Figured Mahogany

The UT2 is Collings' 2-style mahogany tenor ukulele. The UT2 comes standard with the Collings trademark ''haircut'' peghead shape and ivoroid body binding with black/white purfling. With a figured mahogany top, back and side wood, the beauty of its wood and enhanced appointments rivals its sonic complexity.

The bindings on this Uke are tortoise, making the body look very classy and understated.  An Indian Rosewood fretboard and bridge complete the package.

Collings Ukes also feature a highly innovative tuning system by Pegheds.  These tuners are geared and offer much more control and stability than traditional friction tuners.  The 4:1 gear reduction allows strings to be tuned more easily and accurately than traditional wood pegs (or Caspari-type mechanisms which require screw drivers or special keys).

Tune confidently and securely with the left hand while playing open strings; even during performance!  PEGHEDS tuners return the fine-tuning function to pegs. Strings slide more freely over the smooth, wide nut than over the comparatively sharp edge of the bridge, where stress is concentrated and equilibrium of tension on either side is more difficult to achieve.

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Collings UT1 K Koa Concert Ukulele

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 Collings UT1 K Koa Concert Ukulele

The UT1 K is Collings' entry-level satin lacquer finish tenor model with simplified appointments. But don't let the ''entry-level'' part fool you - it's built with the same quality construction as our higher end models.

With solid Koa top, back and side wood, the UT1 K is undoubtedly one of the finest professional concert ukes available in its price range.

Additional appointments include, Tortoise and wood nitrite strip rosette, unbound traditional "Single-Point" headstock, rosewood fingerboard, bridge and peghead overlay as well as Ivoroid dot fingerboard inlays.

 

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Collings UT1K Ukulele Koa Body Satin Lacquer Finish

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 Collings UT1K Ukulele Koa Body Satin Lacquer Finish

The UT1 K is Collings' entry-level satin lacquer finish tenor model with simplified appointments. But don't let the ''entry-level'' part fool you - it's built with the same quality construction as our higher end models.

With solid Koa top, back and side wood, the UT1 K is undoubtedly one of the finest professional concert ukes available in its price range.

Additional appointments include, Tortoise and wood nitrite strip rosette, unbound traditional "Single-Point" headstock, rosewood fingerboard, bridge and peghead overlay as well as Ivoroid dot fingerboard inlays.

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Collings UC2 K Koa Concert Uke

 Collings UC2 K Koa Concert Uke

The UT2K is Collings gloss lacquer finish tenor model with increased appointments. With solid Koa top, back and side wood, the UT2 K comes standard with the Collings trademark ''haircut'' peghead shape. Gorgeous appointmens on this Uke are the Ivoroid bindings complimented by the standard black/white Purfling, making the body look very classy and understated. An Indian Rosewood fretboard and bridge complete the package.

Collings Ukes also feature a highly innovative tuning system by Pegheds. These tuners are geared and offer much more control and stability than traditional friction tuners. The 4:1 gear reduction allows strings to be tuned more easily and accurately than traditional wood pegs (or Caspari-type mechanisms which require screw drivers or special keys). Tune confidently and securely with the left hand while playing open strings; even during performance! PEGHEDS tuners return the fine-tuning function to pegs. Strings slide more freely over the smooth, wide nut than over the comparatively sharp edge of the bridge, where stress is concentrated and equilibrium of tension on either side is more difficult to achieve.

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K and K Twin Spot External Pickup

 K and K Twin Spot External Pickup

The Twin Spot is a twin-head piezo transducer system that can amplify a considerable number of instruments: Guitars, Saz, Oud, Bouzouki, Balaleika, Cello, Dulcimer, Bongos, and many more.

The twin-head system has distinctive advantages towards the single-head transducer: The positioning at 2 spots results in a more balanced sound structure. The frequency range is broader. The small heads with only 1/2" diameters allow an unobtrusive installation. In addition, small areas at the instrument can be reached.

The Twin Spot is a good choice for amplifying Jazz guitars. The two pickup disks are wedged at the left and right underneath the bridge. The characteristic sound is transferred with a strong output signal. This installation method, where the bridge is practically "standing" on the pickup, can also be applied with other string instruments that have similar bridges.

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Technical Information:

Pickup Head diameter: 1/2"

Pickup Height: 1/32"

Impedance: High ohmic

Length of connection cables 1 ft.

Jack: Quarter inch, connected mono, with nylon shell and Velcro-type attachment.

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K and K Twin Spot Internal Pickup

 K and K Twin Spot Internal Pickup

The K&K Twin Spot Internal is a twin-head piezo transducer that is designed for internal mount in acoustic guitars and other instruments.

The twin-head system has distinctive advantages towards the single-head transducer: The positioning at 2 spots results in a more balanced sound structure. The frequency range is broader. The small heads with only 1/2" diameters allow an unobtrusive installation. In addition, small areas at the instrument can be reached.

The Twin Spot Internal comes with an endpin jack for internal mount. The jack can be mounted from the outside so no soldering is necessary.

We just installed this in our webmaster's Gibson mandolin and were very impressed with the warm, balanced tone that we received... without even running it through a preamp!

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Reunion Blues RB Continental Concert Ukulele Gig Bag

 Reunion Blues RB Continental Concert Ukulele Gig Bag

Our favorite gig bags (from Reunion Blues) are now available for Ukuleles!  We love the protection the RB Continental Concert Ukulele cases offer and they are incredibly lightweight, so they make traveling with your instrument a breeze.  Remember the video of the Strat being thrown off a roof?  If you missed it, you can watch it here.  Many of our customers enjoy these cases for their acoustic guitars... now your Uke can be just as protected!

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About our Luthiers: Kamaka Ukuleles

A tradition of excellence is the foundation of Kamaka Hawaii's reputation. Kamaka ukuleles are world-renown, and possess a lasting, rich tone that cannot be duplicated. islanduke About our Luthiers: Kamaka Ukuleles The process of making a Kamaka ukulele is an art that involves design, redesign, and experimentation to produce instruments with outstanding tonal and playing characteristics. Many of the techniques used today have evolved from practices developed by founder Sam Kamaka Sr. This ensures consistency in quality, resulting in ukuleles that are often handed down to future generations and cherished as valued family heirlooms.

Kamaka ukuleles begin as rough Hawaiian koa lumber, and are meticulously hand built into exquisite musical instruments enjoyed by ukulele players and audiences across the globe. The Kamaka name is synonymous with superior Hawaiian craftsmanship, and Kamaka ukuleles are world-class instruments enjoyed by everyone from elementary school beginners to professional musicians.

The Kamaka Story

Shortly after the turn of the century, Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka began crafting koa ukuleles from the basement of his Kaimuki, Hawaii home. samkamakasr About our Luthiers: Kamaka Ukuleles In 1916, he formed his one-man shop, "Kamaka Ukulele and Guitar Works," and soon established a solid reputation for making only the highest quality ukuleles.

In 1921, Kamaka Ukulele established a shop at 1814 South King Street. In the mid-20s, Sam Kamaka laid out a pattern for a new oval-shaped ukulele body. His friends remarked that it looked like a pineapple, so one of Sam's artist friends painted the front to duplicate the tropical fruit. A few years later in 1928, Sam Kamaka patented the design. Thus began the original Pineapple Ukulele, which produced a resonant, mellow sound distinct from the traditional figure-eight. The Pineapple Ukulele became an instant success worldwide, and continues to be Kamaka's signature ukulele to this day.

During the 30s, Sam Sr. introduced his two sons, Samuel Jr. and Frederick, to the craft of ukulele-making, even though the boys were only in elementary school. In 1945, the business was reorganized as "Kamaka and Sons Enterprises." Sam Jr. and Fred Sr. were then drafted into the Army, and after serving in WWII, both brothers attended college on the GI bill. After graduating from Washington State University, Fred Sr. began a career in the Army, while Sam Jr. earned a masters degree and went on to pursue a doctorate in entomology at Oregon State University.

In 1952, due to illness, Sam Sr. went into semi-retirement and hauled his equipment to his Lualualei Homestead farm in Waianae. When he became seriously ill the following year, Sam Jr. abandoned his studies and moved back to Hawaii to care for his father. Sam Sr. died in December 1953, after hand-crafting koa ukuleles for over 40 years.

Immediately following Sam Sr.'s death, Sam Jr. put aside his personal career aspirations to continue the family business. Building on the knowledge he had picked up from his father, Sam Jr. restored the factory at the previous 1814 S. King Street location. Five years later in 1959, the company expanded to its current location at 550 South Street.

Kamaka and Sons incorporated in 1968 and became "Kamaka Hawaii, Inc." After retiring from the Army in 1972, Fred Sr. joined the business as its general manager. Along the way, Sam Jr.'s sons, Chris and Casey, also got involved with the company as did Fred Sr.'s son, Fred Jr. The sons now play major roles at Kamaka Hawaii, Inc.: Chris is the production manager, Casey crafts the custom orders, and Fred Jr. is the business manager. Other young family members are also helping with the business, carrying the Kamaka tradition into the fourth generation.

As the Kamaka legacy moves forward, it is important to reflect on what has made the company endure. The guiding philosophy at Kamaka Hawaii has always been the candid, but sensible advice handed down from Sam Sr. to sons:
"If you make instruments and use the family name, don't make junk."

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Kamaka Ukuleles Headed to Artisan Guitars

 Kamaka Ukuleles Headed to Artisan Guitars

We received notice on Monday that Kamaka has shipped our initial order of 6 ukuleles and we expect them any day now.  We are excited to bring such a high quality line of ukuleles made in Hawaii by one of the most respected ukulele builders in the world.

Kamaka Hawaii was established in 1916 in the Territory of Hawaii, and is a family-owned and operated business. The Kamaka family has been dedicated to building skillfully-handcrafted ukuleles for nearly a century. The heritage of ukulele making at Kamaka Hawaii is preserved by second and third generation Hawaiian luthiers, as well as the many talented craftsmen at the Kakaako factory in Honolulu.

A tradition of excellence is the foundation of Kamaka Hawaii's reputation. Kamaka ukuleles are world-renown, and possess a lasting, rich tone that cannot be duplicated.  The process of making a Kamaka ukulele is an art that involves design, redesign, and experimentation to produce instruments with outstanding tonal and playing characteristics. Many of the techniques used today have evolved from practices developed by founder Sam Kamaka Sr. This ensures consistency in quality, resulting in ukuleles that are often handed down to future generations and cherished as valued family heirlooms.

Kamaka ukuleles begin as rough Hawaiian koa lumber, and are meticulously hand built into exquisite musical instruments enjoyed by ukulele players and audiences across the globe. The Kamaka name is synonymous with superior Hawaiian craftsmanship, and Kamaka ukuleles are world-class instruments enjoyed by everyone from elementary school beginners to professional musicians.

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Arriving Soon: National ResoPhonic Style O Concert Ukulele

 National ResoPhonic Style O Concert Ukulele

National's fine Style O Ukulele is based on the original National Ukuleles of the 1930s.

The body is brass and is coated with a bright nickel plating polished to a mirror-like shine.  These ukuleles are about as loud as you can imagine any uke can be... all while maintaining a pure, sweet, and round ukulele tone.

The traditional Hawaiian palm tree design is etched on the top and back, with a stripe around the sides. This instrument comes with a 15" concert scale length.

 

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SOLD: National ResoPhonic Soprano Ukulele with Steel Body and Powder coat Finish

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 National ResoPhonic Soprano Ukulele with Steel Body and Powder coat Finish

National Ukulele's are hands down the loudest Ukes in the shop. The 5 7/8" resonator cone significantly amplifies the instrument complimenting the mahogany perfectly. This National NRP Ukulele features an all steel body that provides this Uke with a tone that is round, full, warm and loud! The neck is made of maple with an ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard.

The Steel Body on this National NRP Ukulele has a powder coat finish. The powder coat finish is desirable for two reasons... It has a vintage look, and it doesn't show fingerprints.

When you pick up a National resonator ukulele and begin playing, you can instantly see the reasons why players prefer Nationals over any other brand of resonator ukulele.The volume and tone delivered by this ukulele almost sounds like it has it’s own rhythm section built in. Even the simplest rhythm passages take on a supercharged quality.

This National ResoPhonic Soprano Ukulele with Steel Body and Powder coat Finish is in excellent + condition with no noticeable wear. It includes the original hardshell case.

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This instrument has been spoken for. Please call 866-265-5993 or email info@artisanguitars.com to inquire about a similar instrument.
 
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