This model was created in 2009 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s Statehood. Only 50 tenor instruments were created, all of them meticulously built by the Kanile`a team and numbered. But because demand has been so high, we extended a set of 50 concert instruments to be created to order. Once the 50 concerts are complete, the line will be discontinued and the (100) 50th State instruments built will go down in Kanile`a history as collectible items. Notable features of the 50th State model are its exquisite master grade Koa body which boasts 90-100% curl/figure through the wood, an ebony head plate with the specialty “50th State” logo and the state motto inlaid in Kailua Beach white sand as the rosette.
- Concert 4-string
- Master Grade Koa body
- Radius back
- Ebony fret board, bridge and head plate
- 50th State logo in sand on head plate
- Black front and back binding
- Sand purfling around sound board
- State motto “ua mau ke`ea o ka `aina i ka pono” rosette in Sand and Koa with Black-White-Black trim
- Sand position markers
- Black Closed Geared tuners
- Nubone nut and saddle
- Black bridge pins with White dots
- UV Cured High Gloss finish
- Aquila Corder strings
Each instrument we build, with the exception of an eight string, may be equipped with a “G” fourth course (196Hz) fixed with a 0.029″ Phosphor Bronze wire-wrapped nylon-core string for no extra charge. The woven “low G-string” is tuned an octave lower, which gives a richer sound and opens a wider picking range.
Note: These are photos of a previously built `ukulele. Please keep in mind that this is a sample. In the world of wood products the finished instrument may vary from one piece to another and you will not find two pieces the same. These photos give you an idea of what the accessories look like as well as the shape and size. The woods will always vary in grain, curl and color.