Ukulele “Ohana” is our 100th ukulele. Although we are well past 100 now, she was designed and started some time ago. She is a tribute to the ukulele ohana that has welcomed us with open arms since we began building ukuleles in 2009. Each 100th ukulele will be a special instrument like this one. She will debut at the 2017 Reno Ukulele festival in just a few days. Come see and play this special instrument in person.
Ukulele Ohana is a FatBottom, Semi-hollow, tenor in padauk and mango. Ohana incorporates all of our newest designs including our jet-intake sound holes, drilled-through bridge and carbon fiber reinforced neck. She represents the current pinnacle of our design. The semi-hollow body is extremely rigid and produces a very unusual tone with extended sustain and surprising volume. She is setup with low-G tuning but can be set up with re-entrant tuning as well because of her zero fret. Since the jet-intake sound holes provide limited access to the body, we have cut an access port on her back for re-stringing. The body is so strong and rigid the access port does not affect her sound. This type of carved semi-hollow ukulele is as much a sculpture as it is a musical instrument.
Part of Hawaiian culture, ʻohana means family (in an extended sense of the term, including blood-related, adoptive or intentional). The concept emphasizes that families are bound together and members must cooperate and remember one another. (from Wikipedia)