I love the ukulele. Since the day I picked up my first uke, I’ve been smitten. A longtime lover of tiki, Hawaii, and all things tropical, naturally ukes became a favorite obsession of mine (specifically pineapple ukes). Why? For starters they’re tiny, they’re cute, and their tropical island sound sends me into a south seas daydream.
Made in the (mainland) USA
So where to begin uke shopping? Many of the best ukes are made in Hawaii. However, during my quest to find the perfect uke, I came across Mainland Ukes, based in Nashville, Indiana. With ukes constructed from a variety of woods ranging from red cedar to spruce to classic mahogany, they also seasonally make ukuleles out of mango wood. Yep, mango—as in the tropical fruit. How delectable is that? A dense and sustainable wood, ukes made of mango wood have an unmistakable clear, bright tone, resulting in rich, resonating sound quality.
Fancy Finishing Touches
But hey—it’s not all about the wood. An instrument’s inner beauty lies in the fine details too, right? The Mainland Mango Pineapple Uke is trimmed with distinctive checkered racetrack piping that runs playfully along all the important curves, adding a unique finishing touch. Couple that with customizable embellishments like tuning pegs of amber, mother of pearl, or ebony, and you’ve got a uke unlike any other.
- Solid mango wood construction
- Matte or gloss finish
- Genuine bone nut and saddle
- Rosewood fretboard and bridge
- Set up with Aquila strings
- Sealed gear tuners or friction peg tuners
- Available sizes: pineapple, soprano, concert, and tenor.
90 Washington Street
Nashville, IN 47448-1708, USA