About Kanilea Ukuleles
The word Kanilea means "joyful sound". This manufacturer hand creates ukuleles and the builders work under the supervision of Master Luthier Joseph Souza. The company is based in Kaneohe, Hawaii and manufactures both standard-grade instruments and professional-level instruments suitable for performance use.
The ProcessThey manufacture their ukuleles made with lumber that is air dried, a traditional way of allowing the wood to season and which brings out the tonal characteristics of the woods used in the instruments. The company offers several different options in woods, including Sitka, Spruce, Walnut, Maple, Myrtle, Mango, Rosewood, Purple Heart and Cocobolo. The standard wood used in ukuleles is koa.
Every wood component used is cut, fitted and set in place by the craftspeople at the company's shop. Each piece of wood used is individually hand-selected to ensure the best tone and aesthetic results for the instrument.
These instruments feature a variety of design elements. A "slanted" headstock is available, for example, which has the characteristic cut and shape of the headstocks normally seen on electric instruments. The stringing options for the instruments are flexible, as well. Any instrument manufactured by Kanilea Ukuleles can be fitted with a "G" string in the fourth course. This allows more depth in the sound as this course is tuned an octave lower than standard. The effect is particularly noticeable on open-chords, when the instrument is allowed to ring out to its full resonance and body.
6 and 8 string Ukulele
The 6- and 8-string variations of this manufacturer's instruments feature carbon fiber rods embedded within the neck. This offers both increased strength and improved tone for the instrument. These ukuleles can be manufactured as multiple string variations with the exception of the company's Baritone and Soprano Ukuleles. Prices for these instruments range from entry-level to professional grade.
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