Anuenue: 1879 KOA(Item ID: 1879 KOA)
aNueNue 1879 - Vintage Replica all Solid Koa Soprano Ukulele
From the aNueNue website:
"aNueNue means rainbow in Hawaiian. The"NueNue Kane", or Rainbow Man, is the guardian spirit and one of the best known Hawaiian petroglyphs. The arc above the Rainbow Man's head shows that he radiates wisdom and power and shoulders responsibility. He is the keeper of the land and its people. aNueNue ukuleles are designed in Taiwan and manufactured in China and Japan. All of our instruments are designed by Johnson Liao under the quality guidance of Yuji Matsunaga."
1879 refers to the year that the Portuguese arrived in Hawaii bringing with them their little 4-stringed Braguina instruments which the islanders adopted and which evolved into the ukuleles we know today. This aNueNue 1879 model soprano ukulele is inspired by the Jonah Kumalae "Gold Award" soprano ukuleles that were made in Honolulu between 1911 and 1940. In 1915 Jonah Kumalae won the Panama Pacific International Exhibition Gold Award in San Francisco, and from that time on his ukuleles featured on their headplate the distinctive crest of Hawaii, the maker name, the "Gold Award" name by which these ukuleles are often called, and the date 1915. For more on Jonah Kumalae, see: en.wikipedia.org .
This 1879 model soprano ukulele features a body with a gracefully arched back made with beautifully figured solid koa, a koa headplate with a facsimile of the crest of Hawaii, a koa fingerboard and koa saddle. It also features modern tuning pegs that look like friction pegs and fit in place like friction pegs but are turned instead by a hidden internal mechanism.
This ukulele is in superb condition and as such it looks and plays like new.
This ukulele includes a hardshell case. (used)
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