Kamaka Baritone Ukulele and Pineapple Ukulele
Kamaka baritone ukulele makes an excellent transition instrument for those who are moving from the guitar to the ukulele. This instrument is tuned D-G-B-E, a tuning which most guitar players will recognize as being identical to the top four strings on the guitar. This makes it very easy to pick up one of these instruments and start paying. The instrument’s heavier strings also give it more of a guitar-like feel, and the scale of the neck is larger, giving guitarists a chance to adapt to the smaller frets. Those who are accustomed to electric guitars will appreciate the 19-fret span of the neck on this instrument.
The Kamaka company’s lines of ukuleles are traditional instruments which are designed for serious players. These instruments are made of koa wood, the traditional material from which ukuleles are luthiered. The instruments are also built to show off their beauty, with the wood being lacquered in a way that brings out its natural patters and which protects it. This manufacturer is also famous for its Pineapple Ukulele. As the name suggests, this ukulele does resemble that fruit, with an oval-shaped body design. This company has a long history, beginning at the turn of the last Century.
Kamaka baritone ukuleles get their sound from the use of koa wood. This wood has long been established as the standard for ukuleles, all the way back to the instrument’s Portuguese inventors. This instrument also has its modern aspects, however, as do all ukuleles made by this manufacturer. This company is famous for making innovative, creative instruments that allow players to expand their capabilities. There are ukuleles with 6 and 8 strings and ukuleles of various body shapes. All of these offer their own flavor to this instrument, no conversation about Kamaka would be complete, however, without discussing the Pineapple ukulele.
Like the Kamaka baritone ukulele, the Pineapple Ukulele showcases several traditional features. Its body is koa and its neck is the traditional scale. It is roughly the size of a traditional ukulele, but has a much different sound. The tonal characteristics lent to the instrument by this body style include a softer, woodier sound that is a bit fuller than that of the traditional body shape. Any one of the 8 models of ukulele from this manufacturer are priced at professional instrument levels, and are manufactured to the corresponding standards of quality.
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