In this review we look at one of the less well known brands to beginners – the Koloa baritone ukulele. It is made with solid mahogany, which is a very nice sounding wood but is it enough? Keep on reading to know if this ukulele makes the cut…
The Koloa Company
Koloa is a recent brand, making professional ukuleles since the beginning of 2007. Inspired by the sweetness of the Hawaiian island Kauai, Koloa produces 4 models of ukuleles so far each built with that awesome Hawaiian style and love for their craft.
Features of the Koloa Baritone Baritone Ukulele
This baritone ukulele features:
- Solid Mahogany body, with a great colorful sound
- Mahogany neck, making it comfortable and durable
- Hand-carved spruce bracing, demonstrating the craftsmanship and love of Koloa for their instruments
- Die Cast tuners, for a great finish and keeping the uke in tune
- Bone Nut & Saddle, to tighten your strings and keep them in shape.
- Quality: Everything about this ukulele is made out of quality materials. The complete solid mahogany work really stands out from the cheap laminated alternatives out there and really makes a difference in sound and resistance. The spruce bracing and the bone nut and saddle obviously show the love Koloa puts on their instruments and demonstrates they really mean business. This is indeed a quality, no messing around ukelele.
- Sound: A quality instrument always sounds great. The mahogany has a bold and rich sound to it that one will adore. It is the sound and uke is meant to have. Rich and loud with suave an mellow at the same time. A true beauty!
- Looks: Let’s face it, there’s nothing outstanding in the way this ukelele looks. In a first glance, and not knowing the manufacturer you almost feel tempted to look away from it. It just seems bland. The wood does have a nice dark tone to it, but there isn’t any fancy “bling” or anything that grabs viewers attention. This won’t be a “lady magnet” by its looks….
The Koloa Baritone ukulele scored 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com, which is amazing for a brand who has only been making ukes since 2007. Stands out for its great quality and beautiful sound , the Koloa Baritone Ukulele is definitely an instrument worth trying…
Some comments include:
“This uke is an absolute gem…“
“This is an exceptional quality instrument for a very reasonable price. It’s a simple traditional design without any fancy bindings or inlays but the thing is built quite well and quality materials are used were it really matters like in the nut and saddle”
The Koloa Baritone Ukulele isn’t cheap, but in the same time, it isn’t that expensive (specially for its quality). It’s like saying that something’s worth always comes at a price. You pay for what you get and that definitely pays off. This ukulele is for those who are seeking for something different, who just don’t want to sound like the rest and have a knack for underrated brands or players no one knows about. If that’s your case, or if you just want a more sober, down-to earth, good-looking instrument than this is for you.