View Full Version : Namm 2012 new Aldrene G ukulele from kanilea

01-19-2012, 12:12 PM
This will be a signature model from kanilea signature series made by Joesph Souza. The Aldrene signature uke.

Check out this video on YouTube:


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Drew Bear
01-19-2012, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the report, Mike. That wood is spectacular! I love it all except for the rosette. If that's not a sand inlay, what is it?

01-19-2012, 01:07 PM
I like the inlay, kinda relax casually. Just fit into the uke style....
Thanks for sharing it to us(who cannot attend and drool remotely).

01-19-2012, 02:34 PM
i gotta go along with Drew BEAR here stunning instrument but not too sure about the rosette

Ronnie Aloha
01-19-2012, 02:47 PM
Did the UU gang go to NAMM? I haven't heard anything from them.

01-19-2012, 02:54 PM
+ 1 more for Drew's assessment on the rosette, everything else is beautiful.........................BO.............. .......

01-19-2012, 02:58 PM
Gotta agree on the rosette. To me, it detracts from the beauty of the wood.

Any idea what the going price on the Aldrine model is going to be?

01-19-2012, 03:05 PM
Sweet look'n uke! All these nice looking ukes coming on this year... damn tempting. I like it. Not overly crazy about the size of that rosette. Kinda looks overpowering but she is a head turner none the less. :)

01-19-2012, 03:32 PM
I actually like the rosette, which I believe is maple. I wonder if a pick up comes stock, and if so what type.

01-19-2012, 03:38 PM
Love love the rosette! Maple on koa? Yum!

01-19-2012, 04:34 PM
Wow, very nice. I'll take just 1.... :cool:

01-20-2012, 12:35 AM
Put me in the love-the-rosette camp. Seems like a very modern take on rosettes. The contrast between maple and Koa is one of the prettiest combos IMO. The open headstock is pretty cool because it looks scaled right than many i've seen that seemed too big and over-powering.

Actually, the only thing that bugs me is the fretboard logo. I think I just officially became an old fart...

01-20-2012, 01:47 AM
That is not Maple on da rosette, it is the sand was from Kailua beach.

01-20-2012, 02:55 AM
I misunderstood the vid then. I thought he said NOT the rosette, but the inlay on the fretboard was sand. But I was watching on my ipad so..

01-20-2012, 02:59 AM
So what's the price?

Drew Bear
01-20-2012, 04:51 AM
The logos on fretboard and peg head are sand inlay. The rosette is not sand, but he did not say what it was. Maple sounds right. My guess is price will be in Moore Bettah territory.

01-20-2012, 05:09 AM
Love the idea that the fretboard inlay was Kailua sand. Really cool li' dat.

The rosette is meh. I kinda like the Kanile'a body to be plain kine.

01-20-2012, 05:16 AM
I like the rosette a lot. I dislike the logo on the fretboard though. I guess I'm just not a fan of "signature series" instruments

01-20-2012, 05:34 AM
Looks good. I'm in the camp that likes the rosette, and the slotted headstock and Gilbert tuners are right up my alley. I'm guessing it should be more accessible than the Jake Shimabukuro Kamaka signature model? Maybe in the $3000 range? (accessibility is relative...) Kanile'a should offer the same uke but personalized with custom inlay for each customer (should be easily done with their laser etching equipment). That would be pretty cool.

01-20-2012, 08:46 AM
So what's the price?

Same question here

01-20-2012, 09:12 AM
You know the saying: If you have to ask, you can't afford it. :)

01-20-2012, 10:09 AM
Is there anyone who has taught so much about the ukulele to so many? Ever?

Well deserved, Aldrine!

Drew Bear
01-21-2012, 11:46 AM
Somewhere around the 10 min. mark of Aldrine's interview with Joe Souza, MSRP is revealed at $2.5k. Gilbert tuners are extra (@Kanile'a's cost). Edit: forgot to say the base price includes the pickup.


01-21-2012, 06:53 PM
I actually like the look of the Islander Spalted Maple. I'll have to keep an eye out for when those are released.

01-21-2012, 09:20 PM
It's my Kanilea that has the dead balls on accurate, even to a Peterson strobo clip, intonation up the fretboard, no matter the string set.

Drew Bear
01-21-2012, 10:11 PM
The acaicia. Spruce top rosewood and spalled maple are laminates. The mahogany is all solidI wonder how different the three laminates will sound. The spruce/rosewood has electronics.