View Full Version : Ohana CK-35L

Scott S.
09-16-2011, 08:23 AM
Hello all,

I just wanted to share a few pics of my first uke, a long-neck mahogany concert built by Ohana. After reasearching ukes in my price range here on UU, and deciding that I liked the tenor size neck, I settled on this CK-35L. Finding one for sale was quite difficult. I first tried all the sponsors here on UU, but quickly found out (as others have mentioned) that almost no one has the popular Ohana's in stock. I was told November at the earliest for this model. After a nation-wide search, I ultimately found one on Amazon from a reputible seller, but I was still apprensive, realizing the seller would not be doing any setup.

When the uke arrived two days ago, I pulled it out of the box and was very pleasently surprised. The solid mahogany back, top and sides are all very nice, especially for a uke in this price range. The action was just right - low at the nut and saddle but no buzzing anywhere. It plays great, and after a few hours of playing I noticed that this uke is loud, warm and punchy. I really like the tenor neck, having a background in guitar, bass and mandolin. Ohana's advertising makes a big point of emphasizing the set-up done at the factory, and although I was sort of skeptical, I believe it now.

I have noticed a couple of small flaws - there is a small blemish on the top under the satin finish, a little bit of excess glue here and there, and some file scratches on the top's purfling. But considering how this uke sounds and plays, I'm not disappointed at all. I am having a blast learning this new instrument, and I like that the name "Ohana" means "family". Pretty appropriate for this on-line community. Well, back to playing!

P.S. Ken Middleton's YouTube video review of this uke was the clincher in deciding to go with this model. Thanks Ken!


11-26-2013, 12:22 PM
Two years late to this post but I wanted to say that I too am really happy with my Ohana CK-35L. It took a bit of searching to find one, but I'm really glad I finally did! Intonation is good all the way up and down the neck, no buzzing to speak of, action is just right, and the sound with the Worth Clears that I had put on is silky warm with a nice dynamic range. I bought it from the boys at Southern Ukulele where the price, service, and final set-up was great. If you're looking for a good priced solid mahogany uke that plays like a tenor with the sound in between a concert and a tenor, this is an excellent choice. Really, this ukulele plays and sounds better than many brands twice the price.

11-26-2013, 02:22 PM
Nice uke. I'll bet that tenor neck really makes that concert body sing. Congrats.