Custom Kanile’a “2021 Platinum” Tenor Ukulele – #1


A gorgeous 2021 Custom Kanile’a Ukulele exquisitely designed by company co-owner and master luthier Joe Souza and the Souza ohana. Starting with a 5A Master Grade curly koa solid body and contrasting maple wood binding, elements of the 2021 Kanile’a platinum ukulele can be seen with the design of the Hawaiian Koa leaf incorporated throughout the instrument. The Kanile’a Platinum 2021 celebrated the Kanile’a traditional thin slotted headstock outfitted with ultralight 16:1 ratio Gotoh Stealth geared tuners. Add to that the company’s exclusive TRU-R (Total Resonating Ukulele Redesigned) bracing and a Mass Reduction Channel for even more vibration and resonance and you have an ukulele that is a delight to play. Only 50 of these timeless instruments were built and this one is #1. -from official Kanile’a website.


Preowned. A Custom Kanile’a like no other with a milestone connection to the history of Kanile’a Ukulele with Joe and Kristin Souza, owners of Kanile’a Ukulele, and the next generation of Kanile’a with Kaimana, Iokepa, and Kahiau. Premium curly Hawaiian Koa wood top, back, and sides, this custom Kanile’a ‘Platinum’ tenor ukulele is coveted as the collectors edition, commemorating the creative approach to functional art in 2021. The absolute best in materials have been used on this rare collectible piece.

Kanile’a 2021 ‘Platinum’ Tenor Ukulele:

  • Kanile`a Original, TRU-Relief Tenor Body
  • Master Grade Koa Front, Back, and Sides
  • TRU Bracing V3
  • Mass Reduction Interior
  • Magnetic Back Access Panel
  • Ebony Radiused Fingerboard, Ebony Bridge, and Ebony Head-Plate
  • Platinum Crown Slotted Headstock
  • Gotoh Stealth Gold Tuners with Kanile`a Knobs
  • Ebony Bridge Pins
  • NuBone Nut and Saddle
  • Gloss Body, Silk Neck Finish
  • Ebony Side Position Markers
  • Curly Koa Headplate Inlay
  • Curly Koa Leaf Position Markers Inlay on Fingerboard in Koa
  • Curly Koa Leaf Inlay on the Bridge
  • Koa Leaf Sound Hole with Curly Maple Trim
  • Koa Leaf Side Sound Port with Maple Trim
  • Curly Maple Front and Back Binding
  • Curly Maple Fretboard Binding
  • Curly Maple Head-Stock Binding
  • Curly Maple Back Strip
  • Curly Maple Tail Strip
  • Curly Maple Bevel
  • Curly Maple Heel Cap

The instrument was meticulously handcrafted and cared for, virtually going unplayed for the entire time it was owned. The instrument has a very full and beautiful sound. Wonderful sustain and projection. Nice punchy attack from an all Koa wood instrument with excellent low notes and clarity as well. A wonderful and rare collectible piece celebrating the 20th year anniversary to Kanile’a Ukulele. ID#240017

Price: SOLD

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