Pono Mahogany Master Series Lattice Braced Baritone (MB-MS 7618)
Instrument pictured is the exact instrument available here.
Even though this new master series from Pono looks very similar to their pro-classic series on the outside, the top is graduated and the internal bracing is done in a pattern called lattice. The result is a big upgrade in tone and a gorgeous sound we think you are gonna love!
This model has the classic Honduran mahogany body and is shown off with a glassy lacquer finish for the body and faceplate while the neck has a smooth satin finish for easy gliding along the fretboard. These are also now set up with Gotoh UPT 4:1 ratio geared tuners which are very light and easy to use. Only a handful of these came in so grab one now while we have them.
Corey samples it with the stock Ko'olau Alohi nylon Baritone Strings.
This tonewood is one of the most loved for many years and for good reason, light weight, excellent strength, and vibrant tone. With this build style it's magic!
Three years ago Ko'olau luthier Ryan Condon built us a lattice braced tenor that sounded phenomenal. We commissioned him to make full blueprints and sent that along with the lattice braced top you can see in the last picture to the team at Pono for a new master series model.
This project was started over two years ago and we are SO happy with the tone, even excited! All of these master series sound fantastic!
Pono is a small crew of talented luthiers. They only use solid woods, bone nut and saddle. and wood bindings, no plastics. Pono has a climate-controlled factory on the island of Java and diligently aims for perfection on every level.
All of the Pono tenor and baritone models have a 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 an easy thing to adjust.
Hawaii Music Supply is your ukulele connection. Our goal is to benefit our customers. We do this with quality control, custom setup, and the best professional advice. We're here to help you find the the best ukulele for you! If you are interested in the finest quality and tone in a baritone, we give the Pono Master Series our highest recommendations.
Pono Mahogany Baritone Master Series
Mahogany top w Spruce Lattice bracing
Mahogany back and sides
Macassar Ebony faceplate w wood inlay
Ebony fingerboard, and bridge
Ebony top and back binding
Bone nut and saddle
Gotoh 4:1 ratio UPT tuning keys
Ko'olau Nylon Alohi Baritone
Includes hardshell case
Total Scale Length: 20”/50.8cm
Body Length: 13.75”/34.93cm
Overall Length: 30”/76.2cm
Nut Width: 1.38”/35.05mm
Saddle Width: 2.19”/55.62mm
Lower Bout Width: 10”/25.4cm
Upper Bout Width: 7.5”/19cm
Lower Bout Depth: 3.25”/8.26cm
Upper Bout Depth: 2.75”/6.99cm
At Nut: G to C = 8.64mm G to A = 27.5mm
At 12th Fret: G to C = 11.6mm G to A = 36mm
At Saddle: G to C = 14.75mm G to A = 44.5mm
Other Options (Many found in the essential accessories above)
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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 ( [email protected]).
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.
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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.
Current Turnaround Time: Amount of time it takes before shipment-
Full Setup: 10-14 Business Days
Basic Quality Control: 2-3 Days
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 - FREE for all Ukuleles $399 and over / $20.00 for Ukuleles from $300-399 / $30.00 for Ukuleles Under $300
-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.