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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