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Pono MBD - Mahogany Baritone Deluxe
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Pono MBD Mahogany Baritone Deluxe!

Pono is making ultra high-quality ukes for this mid-price range. This ukulele is all solid mahogany with a beautiful grain and gloss finish. The tone is among the best you will find in baritone size! Tobias gives us a "raw" sound sample.

A key feature in all of the Pono tenor and baritone models is the dual-action adjustable truss rod. This is used to stabilize and adjust the lengthwise forward curvature (also called relief), of the neck. It can be adjusted from right inside the soundhole with an allen wrench provided. This is something you will probably not need to adjust. But over time and with humidity changes, it is a very useful option to have, and a very easy thing to adjust with little room for error.

Many were surprised that the mahogany series from Pono was more expensive than the acacia series. This because it is very high-grade mahogany and ends up being more expensive than acacia wood. The sound, clarity, and sustain are very impressive on this instrument. It is not at all muddy at all like some baritones. It's deep and rich in tone but bright with a sparkle to the high frequencies. We were captivated with the sound and think you will be also! Of course, these get double set up from Ko'olau and then us, so the action and fretwork are right on point. If you wanted a great baritone, the Pono MBD could be just right.

The baritone is a fun and relaxing instrument that any guitar or ukulele player should feel right at home with.

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  1. Another hit from HMS 0 people found this helpful
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    I just got my MBD and it's the perfect complement to my MTD-SP. The instrument is beautiful and of course with the HMS setup, it plays like a dream. Added MISI pickup; adds a new dimension to my playing. New Oahu ABS case fits like a silk glove and protects like Ft. Knox.
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  2. Great little instrument! 0 people found this helpful
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    I’m probably the wrong guy to be reviewing a quality ukulele. My experience is pretty limited, but I really like this little box, so here goes anyway: I do play some 5-string banjo (clawhammer), and years ago I played a couple of reed instruments professionally (until I wised up) . More recently, I’ve been experimenting with a couple of lower-end ukus just for fun. I’ve never even seen a high quality ukulele close up, so it is hard for me to compare. I picked this particular instrument because of the reviews, and because it has a truss rod (A must in my mind). That being said, this is a really fun and comfortable instrument to play. …attractive, great tone, superb low end, and well balanced over its entire range. To me, though, the best feature is its responsiveness. It plays with such a light touch that sometimes, while picking it softly in front of the TV, I get the feeling that if it was just slightly more responsive, one could play it with mind power alone. It is a great stress reliever. I’m not sure whether it’s the design, the construction, the materials, or the quality set-up, but all put together, it certainly works. Great instrument—I’m sold on Pono. I might try a Pono tenor uku next. Right now I’m looking at a Pono RT-s.
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  3. See Me Grinning! 0 people found this helpful
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    I received my new Pono MBD a few weeks ago and I am so delighted! A simple, but classic, looking instrument but the sound!...warm, mellow, harmonic, rich! Hawaii Music Supply, Andrew and all the gang handled a special request with ease. They installed the wonderful Pono Passive Pick-up and set the instrument up beautifully and its very playable. It looks great with the beautiful mahogany and commands an understated presence. I couldn't be happier! Thanks to Hawaii Music Supply and the Ukulele Site!
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  4. Very satisfying! 0 people found this helpful
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    I bought this as a gift for a friend. It sounds stupendous, really rich and warm. It's too big for me to play, sadlly, but I would buy one for myself if I could play it. It's also beautifully made and the gloss finish sparkles.
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  5. Love this bari!! 0 people found this helpful
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    This uke has made me very happy! I have a lesser quality baritone that sounds very muddy. I was using it in my music programs that I do with children, and just couldn't stand the sound of it anymore. I decided to purchase the Pono MBD, and I have been thrilled with the sound! I now use this uke for my programs, but also for playing just for myself for the sheer pleasure of hearing it's lovely tones!
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