I first came across Pono Ukuleles in January 2012 and I was very impressed with their quality. The sound and the beauty as well as the playability of those uke was just outstanding then so I decided we needed to have a few of these here at Penny Lane.
We started with 3 in 2012 and now we have about a dozen.
The quality of these ukes is comparable to many ukes made in Hawaii although they’re made in a small factory in Indonesia and then setup at the Ko’olau shop in Hawaii.
Before they’re even shipped here, they go thru a rigorous quality control in Hawaii.
I really couldn’t be happier with these uke. One of the things that I really like is the fact that they all have Ko’olau strings on them and those strings feel alsmost like classical guitar strings. They are hard tension and sound way louder than Aquila Strings in my opinion.
Some of the tenor models also have a truss rod which is a great addition in a ukulele since it can help adjust the action although pouts a bit more weight in the neck and the instrument itself. That extra weight does not bother me at all and it actually makes me feel like I’m holding a more precious and better instrument alltogether.
The choice of woods is just spectacular, Acacia, Mahogany and Cedar are my preferred tops and they all have their unique sound and look.
I couldn’t be happier now that I know I can have some of these Pono Ukuleles here at Penny Lane for the serious ukulele player.
The price is also competitive compared to other brands made in Hawaii and these Pono ukes really stand the comparison and in some cases excel in both quality and playability.
You should definitely try to make it down here and try one for yourself.
You won’t be disappointed