View Full Version : KPK ukes

02-24-2018, 03:17 AM
I was looking at their website http://pilikoko.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

and noticed that all the ukes there have the original KPK-shaped headstocks. Then, looking at eBay, I see some KPK ukes with a crown style headstock, like this below. Are the crown headstocks new to their product line, or maybe this one below is just a special order for the Japanese market, or something? Also, the ebay ad title mentions veneer, but specs further down in the ad say this one is all mahogany, although the color is very koa-like to my eye.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Koa-Pili-Koko-This-all-purpose-veneer-at-this-price-Standard-type-Hawaiian-ukul/173150704843?hash=item28509614cb:g:pjsAAOSweLBafbh 8


Joe King
02-24-2018, 06:39 AM
I dunno anything about this difference really, but it seems that "KPK" as a brand from the original business owner is kaput, and the OEM was always Aiersi Guitar Company, who has taken back the name and product line, as per info in the discussion here:


02-24-2018, 11:40 AM
A truly hilarious discription.
Engritch at its best.

02-24-2018, 01:10 PM
Yeah, unfortunately I don't think the original website is current. Aiersi, supposedly the builder of the originals is now using the name.

PS, $744 for a laminate mahogany?!?!?!

Jim Hanks
02-24-2018, 04:08 PM
PS, $744 for a laminate mahogany?!?!?!
I like my KPK, but that's insane. :eek:

02-24-2018, 08:30 PM
The newer KPK ukes are made by Aiersi guitars as stated above, and they have the crown headstock. I own one. I like it. However, I paid around US$235 for it (solid acacia tenor). The price on that listing is insane! However, it does look like mahogany to me (with an acacia veneer headstock).

02-25-2018, 10:56 AM
Oh man...I was watching this one on ebay for a couple of days, there were 2 hours left...I set the alarm on my watch for 10 minutes before the end. Then went to a giant whiskey tasting nearby. Well, you know the rest of the story, and it doesn't include me bidding...;)