Ono ukuleles are made in Ashland, Oregon by David Ingalls. It's a baritone scale 20", with linear tuning, but the two low strings are accompanied with an octave higher. This gives you that beautiful chorus sound you get from doubled strings, but is easier to control, or play clean when picking melodies with the regular single strings. And this makes it unique from other 6 string configurations. David accentuated the uniqueness by tuning it up a step, to linear A, but we love it. Apparently David collaborated with Kimo Hussey and Dirk Wormhoudt of Southcoast strings to come up with the right string set. It has more power and clarity than you hear from a baritone, but this also sounds fantastic with regular baritone tuning. Even with these strings I thought it sounded great in regular Linear G, but this is one step up in Linear A. Corey shares some thoughts after a dry sound sample.
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Ono ukuleles are made in Ashland, Oregon by David Ingalls. This is a wonderful new baritone with the regular baritone scale 20" and linear tuning, but the two low strings are accompanied with an octave higher string. This gives you that beautiful chorus sound you get from doubled strings, but still easy to play cleanly when picking melodies with the two high strings, compared to say an 8 string, or the way most other 6 strings have the high string doubled. This makes it different and David accentuated the uniqueness by tuning it up a step, to linear A. We love it. Apparently David collaborated with Kimo Hussey and Dirk Wormhoudt of Southcoast strings to come up with the right string set. It has more power and clarity than you hear from a baritone, but this also sounds fantastic with regular baritone tuning. Even with these strings I thought it sounded great in regular Linear G, but this is one step up in Linear A. Corey shares some thoughts after the sound sample.
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The woods David used on this are a master grade bear claw spruce top with symmetry and figure you never see, a rare and beautiful Makore back and sides with a side sound port, mahogany neck w carbon fiber and cantilevered radius ebony fretboard also reinforced with carbon fiber. It also features top of the line Waverly tuners.
Makore comes from Western African Rain forests and has been described as similar to mahogany but with a deeper tone. Most makore is rather plain but as you can see this has a beautiful quilted figuring. We should note that this is a nitrocellulose gloss lacquer finish showing off these woods. David was originally only using oil finishes but he's now spraying a top notch gloss lacquer finish. The whole thing, construction and finishing is extremely clean and precise craftsmanship. This is a special one that I think any uke player would enjoy. Hats off to David for something different, but natural, and beautiful in look and tone.
Comes in a baritone hard wood case.
This ukulele includes an Oahu hardcase.
Most people shop with us because of the extensive quality control and final setup work we provide at no extra cost on all ukuleles we ship out. However this is time consuming work and creates a delay in shipping. We are now offering an "Expedited Setup" for those wanting to receive their instrument faster. See details on the Full Setup and Expedited Setup options along with current turnaround times for each at the link- HERE.
We can install the Mi-Si with its rechargeable preamp, or the new L.R. Baggs 5.0 ukulele pickup.
The Herco HE360 is the included humidifier. You can upgrade to the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18). This is for places that get below 40% humidity. If you live in a very low humidity area (parts of Nevada, Arizona, etc.) or if you heat the air in your home, then we suggest the OH-5+ for the most effective care. For more info see our Ukulele Care link at the bottom of the site.
If you would like to let the setup or shipping department know anything just put a note in the Special Instructions box.
Current Turnaround Time: Amount of time before shipping-
Full Setup: 5-7 Days
Full Setup RUSH: 2-4 days
Basic QC Only: 2-4 days
Basic Quality Control - $0.00 (Always Free)
BASIC QUALITY CONTROL covers inspecting the instrument for any major defects that would have been missed by the factory and any faults in construction that could potentially damage or limit the functionality of the instrument over time. Any defective instruments are rejected and replaced. We make sure that each Ukulele meets the basic standard for a brand new instrument and will be ready to play once you receive it. A final cleanup is also included after inspection before packing and shipment.
Full Setup - $40.00 for Ukuleles Under $399 / Free for Ukuleles $399+
-Overall QC evaluation: To find defects in construction as well as to get an overall view of the instrument and note the areas that need extra attention and adjustment during the setup.
-Saddle Adjustment: The height of the saddle is lowered to reduce the distance between the strings and the fretboard, making it easier to play than the factory setup, especially higher up the fretboard.
-Nut Slot Adjustment: The depth, width, and angle of the nut slots are adjusted to create a more comfortable playing experience especially on the lower frets.
-Fret Dressing: After adjusting the nut and saddle heights, high spots in the fretboard or uneven frets will potentially cause fret buzz, dead spots, or other unwanted problems. The frets are filed to create a more consistent level across the fretboard. We then crown the frets to return their rounded curvature back to the top of each fret creating a clear contact point for each string. We then smooth and polish the frets and condition the fingerboard to bring them back to new condition.
-Final Cleanup: We always do a final overall cleanup of the instrument to make sure it is in new condition and ready to play before it is prepared for shipment.
Rush Setup & Delivery - Additional $50.00
The RUSH SETUP AND DELIVERY service is for customers who would still like to receive everything included in the full setup but on a shorter time frame. One of our setup technicians will work overtime outside of normal business hours to complete the setup within 2-3 days of the order being placed and immediately hand it over to the shipping department for packing and shipment. The $50.00 rush charge is in addition to the cost of the full setup.
Additional services (see individual product listings to add these services to your order)
Re-stringing: We will replace the factory installed stock string set with a new set of your choosing. Select the “replace stock strings” option when adding your desired string set to the shopping cart.
Strap Button Installation: 1-2 buttons are installed to allow the use of a strap. Color options available.
Pickup installation: for players who would like the option to play or record with amplification.
Friction Tuner Upgrade (friction tuners only): We offer upgrade options for select instruments with friction tuners to be retrofitted with new geared tuners for better precision and comfort when tuning.
Left-handed Setup: Left-handed setups are also available upon request. Occasionally an additional charge may be added for compensated saddles on select models.
For more even more details and FAQ visit our Shipping Page under the Company Info tab at the header menu.
SHIPPING CARRIER OPTIONS:
FedEx is our primary shipping carrier, all orders that qualify for free domestic shipping will be sent using FedEx. UPS and DHL can also be chosen as alternative options upon checkout, USPS is only used for smaller accessory orders.
As soon as the shipping label is created you will be automatically notified via email with tracking information. All packages will be shipped with a signature requirement by default. If you do not wish to have a signature requirement you will need to notify us, either by leaving a note in the “special instructions” when adding the item(s) to your shopping cart or by emailing our shipping department directly. Any shipping related requests (hold/delay/address change) should also be directed to our shipping department ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: You may also be required to pay import duties/taxes, this will vary depending on your location and the value of the item(s). To estimate these taxes, you can contact your local customs office. Fedex also offers a helpful estimation tool: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/international.html
UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE PERMIT: If your ukulele contains any amount of shell inlay (abalone or pearl) it will require a permit to be shipped internationally. The cost of this permit is $93.00 USD. We will handle the paperwork and file the permit for you, but the cost of all duties and fees are the responsibility of the customer.
SHIPPING COST will vary depending on the size dimensions and weight of the package as well as the destination. To get a quote, use the “Calculate Shipping Cost” link located next to the “Add to Cart button” on each listing.
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FREE SHIPPING: All orders within the USA with a total over $500 will qualify for free FedEx 2-day air shipping.
SHIPMENT AND TRACKING NOTIFICATIONS are sent automatically via email as soon as the shipping label is created so please make sure your email address is accurate when placing the order. Outgoing shipments are picked up by our shipping carriers Monday through Friday.
ACCESSORY AND CASE ORDERS: While non-instrument orders for cases and accessories do not require the same processing time needed for instruments, they do require time for processing and packing. The typical processing time for accessory/case orders is (1-4 business days) depending on current order volume.
CURRENT SETUP PROCESSING TIMES AND DETAILS ARE LOCATED UNDER THE “SETUP OPTIONS” TAB.*
*If you would like to receive your instrument as soon as possible you can forego the full setup process by selecting the “Basic QC Only” option or by selecting the “Full Setup RUSH” option when adding instruments to your shopping cart. More details are available under the “Setup Options” tab.