2020. Preowned. Kanile’a K3 Baritone Ukulele with a upgrade to ‘premium’ Hawaiian curly Koa wood. Since before Kanile’a was founded, Joe Souza was innovating and creating new and sometimes outrageous designs. His first ukulele was a concert body with a tenor neck, now known as a super-concert or long-neck concert. Other designs that were pushing the boundaries have made an impact in the ukulele world, like the guitarlele, super-tenor, and the 19″ tenor scale length. Having grown up as an ukulele player, Joe understood what might work well, from a player’s perspective. It took years to perfect the craft of playing as well as building. Musicianship was taught to Joe by his late mother and his late aunt starting when he was in the 4th grade. His training as a luthier began with the late, “Uncle” Peter Bermudez in 1991. Though gone, their teachings will never be forgotten. Now his 3 sons, Kaimana, Iokepa, and Kahiau are actively learning and absorbing the knowledge that has been passed down through many generations. Blending new age abilities and paying homage to the education from previous generations, Kanile’a is proud to incorporate innovation and tradition into each ukulele.
A build to order instrument, the Kanile’a baritone is newly released by the company. Crafted on the foundation of the K-1 model’s exquisite resonance, sustain and intonation, the K-3 baritone makes a bold statement with features that “pop”. The wide Curly Maple wood rosette with Faux Tortoise trim draws the eye to the center of the instrument while the matching faux Tortoise front and back binding add that aesthetic appeal. The binding is also functional, confirming the seal of the sound board and the radius back to the sides of the body.
The 2020 Kanile’a Baritone Ukulele