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Howie1947
01-28-2012, 09:09 AM
Anyone know if this is available for purchase? Don't see anything on Kanilea website. Interested in buying myself one.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
01-28-2012, 09:11 AM
Just email or call Kanile'a. I'm sure they'll be happy to sell you one or to connect you with a dealer.

Drew Bear
01-28-2012, 09:37 AM
Yup, give 'em a call. I think the base price is $2.5k. Gilbert tuners extra. The first batch will be cut from the same "log" as the NAMM prototype. I wonder how big that log is and how similar the ukes will look.

http://youtu.be/0tMfFU4gRuo

chrimess
01-28-2012, 09:41 AM
that;s a lotta coin...

Ronnie Aloha
01-28-2012, 09:41 AM
It was a beauty. Got to try it out at NAMM. The headstock is redesigned and slightly longer now versus the original which I thought was too short anyways. Everything looks better to scale now.

Howie1947
01-28-2012, 09:49 AM
I wonder how long it would take to make one after ordering?

Ronnie Aloha
01-28-2012, 10:05 AM
I would imagine the NAMM uke is available now.

experimentjon
01-28-2012, 02:11 PM
There is a disturbance in the force when I think $2500 for an instrument is a good deal. Beautiful uke with a connection to the man who got me started on this instrument.

Drew Bear
01-28-2012, 02:20 PM
I wonder how long it would take to make one after ordering?I can't find the reference, but IIRC it was in the 2-3 month range for someone ordering during NAMM.

misterpk
01-28-2012, 02:20 PM
Aldrine also worked with Kanile'a on the neck. It's super smooth and plays super fast.

kaizersoza
01-28-2012, 03:23 PM
first impressions and i did'nt like the rosette but after watching the Kanile'a NAMM interview a couple of times it is starting to grow on me, though i will probably never, ever own one, now the K4 curly koa, WOW! that is what i want, saving has begun.................

Nickie
01-28-2012, 03:26 PM
Holy cow, that is some beautiful ukulele! I'd take out insurance on that baby, it cost three times as much as my Chinese scooter!

808boy
01-28-2012, 03:54 PM
Wow, that's a beauty. My jury is still out on the rosette though. Happy to see Aldrine getting his overdue recognition. 2.5K really isn't that much considering others out there. This is the top of my wishlist..............BO.............

Aldrine Guerrero
01-28-2012, 05:23 PM
A few interesting factoids! :D

The design of the ukulele is a collaboration between Joe Souza, Kanile'a, and I.
Every since the first custom uke that I got from them, we've been tweaking out the ukulele.
From top to bottom, this is by far an ukulele that I'm proud to attach my name to.
I designed the inlays myself. The old inlay was designed by Bradford Baris and always confused people so we decided to redo it.
The design for the ukulele is a combination of artists' ukulele that have inspired me in the past.
Jake Shimabukuro's classical slotted headstock (straight Martin style) and the wide rosette just like Troy Fernandez.
The rest of the uke is to my aesthetics. I don't like bling or sparkly things so I kept it really nice and classy. No abalone or whatever else that would be too flashy showy.
The neck profile is as perfect as I can possibly imagine. It plays fast and comfortable.
Log 50 is really choice. The grain patterns and tone quality are really top notch. Kanile'a uses some AMAZING wood, and this log is no exception.
SAME ACTIVE PICKUP. That's right. Same exact pickup that I use on stage, recordings, UU videos, etc.
Other than using a DI, I don't really use any effects on my ukulele, meaning that the pickup on this is THAT good.

I'll answer any other questions you guys may have about it. I'm really proud of what we created and I stand beside it.
:3

-Aldrine

experimentjon
01-28-2012, 10:30 PM
I'll answer any other questions you guys may have about it. I'm really proud of what we created and I stand beside it.
:3

-Aldrine

Do you personally test every one before it leaves the factory like Jake does with his Kamaka run and Herb Ota Jr does with his KoAloha run?

tainauke
01-28-2012, 11:44 PM
Congrats to Aldrine for the signature ukulele. Like said before, overdue recognition to someone who gives to much to the ukulele. I'm sure many people will want to buy one.
Long live the Kanile'a Aldrine model! :)

Aldrine Guerrero
01-28-2012, 11:50 PM
Do you personally test every one before it leaves the factory like Jake does with his Kamaka run and Herb Ota Jr does with his KoAloha run?

I did for the first couple. But to be honest, I don't have nearly as good of an ear as Bill Griffin does. He knows exactly what I'm looking for and how to achieve it. So he's in charge for the final set ups and balancing.

Plainsong
01-28-2012, 11:55 PM
Don't listen to the haters on that maple rosette. That is one beautiful uke! The price is reasonable for what you get. You can certainly pay more and get less if you want.

Haters be hatin'. :D

Anyone want a stunning uke with dead balls on accurate intonation up the fretboard (which even my bog standard k1 has), with a fast satin neck, gorgeous headstock, stunning wood, with that bonus of the stamp of approval of Mr. UU himself? Here's your K-uke right here!

foxfair
01-29-2012, 12:15 AM
Oh I got it wrong with the rosette, I thought it was made from the beach sand. But now I know it is made by honoring one of my favorite uke heroes, Troy Fernandez, and I start loving it more.

Ted4
01-29-2012, 01:04 AM
Hola Aldrine .Thinking with my collectors head on -
1) How many will ukes will you be able to make from the log?
2) Is each uke going to be individually numbered?

tainauke
01-29-2012, 02:11 AM
Bonjour Aldrine,
So question which uke do you like the best? Your "original"? Or the "Aldrine model"?

UkuleleAdventure
01-29-2012, 03:14 AM
Anyone know if this is available for purchase? Don't see anything on Kanilea website. Interested in buying myself one.
Not to put you down or anything, but if you are willing to spend that kind of money on a ukulele wouldn't you rather have one with your name or logo on it. I can't speak for you, but unless you are a really big Aldrine fan I just don't see the point. If you do choose to go through with this model, I hope you enjoy it. :)
~Kyle

Plainsong
01-29-2012, 04:15 AM
I think these ukes have more to them than Aldrine's name on them. But anyway..

Aldrine Guerrero
01-29-2012, 05:25 AM
I'm not sure on the quantity. I'll let you guys know as soon as we get more info.
They will definitely be limited edition.
Each uke is individually numbered yes.


Hola Aldrine .Thinking with my collectors head on -
1) How many will ukes will you be able to make from the log?
2) Is each uke going to be individually numbered?

Aldrine Guerrero
01-29-2012, 05:29 AM
It pains me to say it, cause I love the original one so much, but definitely the new signature. Kanile'a changed the body shape for their tenors and it really makes a huge difference. It sounded a lot better and more responsive than the old one and it hasn't even opened up yet. Plus the inlay is something that I did and is a lot easier to identify.
Bonjour Aldrine,
So question which uke do you like the best? Your "original"? Or the "Aldrine model"?

Aldrine Guerrero
01-29-2012, 05:32 AM
Anyone know if this is available for purchase? Don't see anything on Kanilea website. Interested in buying myself one.
Email Kanile'a at info@kanileaukulele.com if you wanna purchase one. They're made to order.

Aldrine Guerrero
01-29-2012, 05:43 AM
Not to put you down or anything, but if you are willing to spend that kind of money on a ukulele wouldn't you rather have one with your name or logo on it. I can't speak for you, but unless you are a really big Aldrine fan I just don't see the point. If you do choose to go through with this model, I hope you enjoy it. :)
~Kyle

Why? Because if you were to purchase an ukulele with the same exact specs, different inlay, from the same maker; you're looking at close to a thousand bucks more.
We've spent the last few years tweaking all the fine details out on this ukulele. There are a few things that you can only find on this ukulele.
Who's to say that you couldn't add your own logo? With Kanile'a, anything is pretty much possible.
Not just for "fans" or collectors; it's an ukulele that will be oozing quality that can only be achieved through our collaboration.

Doc_J
01-29-2012, 06:25 AM
Nice video of the new model Aldrine (http://youtu.be/_VeHNnUHVGw). Hope you're feeling better.

Looks and sounds like a great instrument.

Lalz
01-29-2012, 06:43 AM
This uke is a stunner! Congratulations!
What strings do you have on them?

Drew Bear
01-29-2012, 06:49 AM
It pains me to say it, cause I love the original one so much, but definitely the new signature. Kanile'a changed the body shape for their tenors and it really makes a huge difference.Any idea when this body shape change took place? Did it apply to all their koa models or just your signature model? Is the old uke hanging around as your backup or does some lucky soul get to play it?

Congrats to you and everyone at Kanile'a for creating an impressive sounding and looking uke. I would be more tempted if I played amped. Heck, I'm tempted enough as it is.

Aldrine Guerrero
01-29-2012, 02:40 PM
This uke is a stunner! Congratulations!
What strings do you have on them?
Thanks!
They're currently stringed with D'Adarrio T2's

Aldrine Guerrero
01-29-2012, 02:41 PM
Any idea when this body shape change took place? Did it apply to all their koa models or just your signature model? Is the old uke hanging around as your backup or does some lucky soul get to play it?

Congrats to you and everyone at Kanile'a for creating an impressive sounding and looking uke. I would be more tempted if I played amped. Heck, I'm tempted enough as it is.

The shape changed at least twice since I got the first one. I think right after I got it is when they changed the shape but I still had the old shape. The change is for the better though. It sounds a lot more responsive

uke4life
01-29-2012, 03:01 PM
Beautiful ukulele!!! Love the Gilbert tuners!!!

SuzukHammer
01-29-2012, 03:21 PM
Do you think you can bring an extra one to THailand?

salukulady
01-29-2012, 04:48 PM
I was lucky enough to attend NAMM the last two years and saw and played hundreds of ukes including all the "K" brands, (except Koaloha who was missing). I am a novice player but was accompanied by two excellent musicians this year. Of all the ukes I saw, strummed and heard played, Aldrines new uke was the most striking to me. And as usual Aldine made it sing so beautifully. Of course I am very emotionally attached to it's namesake, but if I was ever to purchase a top end uke, it would be this one just based on the beauty and quality of the instrument. Gorgeous design and the most amazingly smooth neck I've ever felt on any instrument.

Howie1947
01-29-2012, 05:00 PM
I wonder why KoAloha never attends NAMM?

Ronnie Aloha
01-29-2012, 05:09 PM
I wonder why KoAloha never attends NAMM?


They took the entire group last year but it was just to browse. They didn't have a booth. I wonder how effective it is having a booth when many k ukes makers can't keep up with their existing orders. A dealer in LA had been waiting over two years for a koaloha tenor. I think larger shops like Kamaka has more production capacity.

Howie1947
01-29-2012, 05:16 PM
Interesting !

GX9901
01-29-2012, 05:49 PM
That's a gorgeous uke at a very reasonable price for what you get. I do wonder why the Gilbert tuners are offered as an option though. They should be about $150 over the standard Grovers, and to me are a must on a uke of this caliber. For someone willing to spend $2500 on a uke, another $150 isn't that really much more. Maybe they're just trying to hit the $2500 price point?

Anyway, to all of you out there about to order this ukulele, upgrade to the Gilbert tuners! They're fantastic.

tainauke
01-30-2012, 01:25 AM
It pains me to say it, cause I love the original one so much, but definitely the new signature. Kanile'a changed the body shape for their tenors and it really makes a huge difference. It sounded a lot better and more responsive than the old one and it hasn't even opened up yet. Plus the inlay is something that I did and is a lot easier to identify.

Oh, I'm shocked!!! :p
I love the inlay, so cute and friendly/cheerful! You just want to hug the ukulele.

Good to know for the shape change!

CoLmes
01-30-2012, 06:21 AM
Do you take trades for Stevie Wonder?

Tomahawk
02-18-2012, 05:17 PM
The Gilbert tuners are 400extra bucks. I ordered them anyway :)

mr moonlight
02-19-2012, 05:07 AM
That's a gorgeous uke at a very reasonable price for what you get. I do wonder why the Gilbert tuners are offered as an option though. They should be about $150 over the standard Grovers, and to me are a must on a uke of this caliber. For someone willing to spend $2500 on a uke, another $150 isn't that really much more. Maybe they're just trying to hit the $2500 price point?

Anyway, to all of you out there about to order this ukulele, upgrade to the Gilbert tuners! They're fantastic.Kanilea probably gets a pretty steep discount on their standard tuners since they probably order in pretty large batches. They probably have to pay full price for Gilbert's. Add a few bucks for the slightly different install and a 25% markup and that comes pretty close to that $400.

Tomahawk
02-27-2012, 06:57 PM
Aloha Aldrine !
Serious question for ya.. what does the man himself personally keep this Amazing work of Art stored away In(case wise) ? I know Kanile'a ships it with hard case.which I'm sure is nice.and I could really use a tenor hard case for my 1st Uke anyway.....
So instead of searching threads about cases.i figured I'd bring this ..case..to you :) ...
Should I just buy a 500lb home safe with laser trip wires and a couple of under fed Rottweilers !?
To far? Lol
I know it's all about preference.& I'm sure you have a "plethora "(the 3amigos) of nice cases.
So what case does your new Uke sleep in ?
Or do you already have the safe,lasers and dogs ? Lol.
thanks Bro.