The culture of ohana within the company is obvious. The instruments, their voices, designs, and the feel are what many ukulele enthusiasts and professionals have come to love. Check out this overview of the models in the tabs below and check individual available ukes from KoAloha HERE.
KSM-00 Koa Soprano
Kalei gives us a “raw” sound sample of the soprano KoAloha.KoAloha’s soprano has always been a popular instrument for us because it’s “open” and loud with plenty of dynamic ability normally only available in larger instruments. It’s a breeze to play and just a really fun and beautiful little uke. It comes in the gloss finish, like you see, the KSM-00, or in satin finish that they call “Pikake”, the KSM-10, that you can hear below.
Pineapple & Pineapple LongneckWith guitar, the figure 8 classic shape is for the body to sit on your lap more comfortably. With the ukulele that’s not necessary and the pineapple shape allows for a larger soundboard with generally the same size instrument. There is a slight difference in tone and the KoAloha pineapple are well loved for the big bright sound.Take a listen-
KSM-02 Koa Soprano Long Neck
The long neck soprano, or super soprano as it’s sometimes called, is a soprano size body with a concert length scale. It has a soprano sound with a bit more brightness and a little more range with four more frets.
KSM-T2 Koa Soprano Tenor ScaleThe T2 is like no other uke we know of. It has a soprano sized body with a tenor neck. The result is a soprano with more clarity and sustain, with the feel of a tenor. You also get a really wide range with access beyond the 15th fret before the body joint!
The sound on the T2 is bright and cuts through in a jam. It’s a a different sort of soprano tone with more sustain and the intonation up the neck of a tenor. A unique instrument to KoAloha and something we enjoy.
KCM-10 Koa Concert “Pikake”
Above Corey samples the “Pikake” concert or KCM-10, which is the same as the KCM-00 but in the satin finish, whereas the KCM-00 below that Elof is playing has a gloss finish.
KCM-02 Koa Concert Long Neck
The KCM-02 has a a concert sized body with a tenor 17″ scale. For many this is the optimal KoAloha. You basically get a tenor with a voice more focused in the mid and higher frequencies. Classic ukulele sounds and a wonderful tenor feel.
KTM-00 Koa TenorsThen we get to the KTM-00. For years this instrument has been a best seller for years. There’s something really unique and wonderful about the KoAloha tenor.
Variations on the KTM-00
Neal Chin is one of the artists that plays the KoAloha Tenor
DVI Koa Guilele (Tenor Scale)
The KoAloha D6 is a tenor sized 6 string tuned A to A, like a guitar with a capo on the 5th fret, or an ukulele with two lower strings.
Australian Musician Ryo Montgomery on his D-VI
Koa Concert “Special Issue”
Special Issues are a fairly new offering from KoAloha. Every few months they release a unique and always beautiful offering in a very limited run. This first one was done in each size. Above you can hear the concert size here and below is the tenor. These ones are the same thing as the normal koa models but with upgraded curly koa.
Spruce Top Koa Concert “Special Issue”
With this batch of Special Issues you get a spruce top with a curly koa sides and back and pickguard. Above is a concert and below is a tenor.
Jason Arakawa talks and demos his Special Issue tenor
Honu Koa Tenor
This is a black label tenor with gorgeous koa and a honu inlay on the fretboard.