View Full Version : Another "which one?" Acacia or Mahogany Bari

07-12-2012, 03:45 AM
I want to buy a baritone for a friend for his birthday, and I have it narrowed down to these two:



The trouble is, I like the sound of them both. (No, I can't afford both!)

He'll probably be playing jazzy stuff on it, and he already owns a rosewood tenor.

Any thoughts?

07-12-2012, 03:54 AM
Ok - you like them both. Which one do you like better? Which one does your friend like better? If it is a suprise gift you can always ask your friend some questions to get a feel of what they would like better.

07-12-2012, 04:15 AM
I'm a Libra, I like them equally!

But seriously, the acacia seems a little bit brighter, maybe? Would that describe it?

It's a sort of a surprise, so I can't ask. And I can't pretend I'm interested for myself because I already complain that my tenor is too big for my hands, so he KNOWS I don't want a baritone!

I guess what I'm looking for is some help describing the two sounds I'm hearing and that might help me decide.

07-12-2012, 04:25 AM
Too me, the Pono Mahogany sounds a lot cleaner and clearer.

07-12-2012, 04:37 AM

I own both. I prefer the Mahogany over the Acacia, especially for jazz. The Mahogany has a much fuller and warmer sound with nice projection and sustain. The Acacia is nice but I find the tone to be a bit to bright and even thin for my tastes.

The strings obviously have something to do with this as well. I tune GCEA with Southcoast Linears loaded. The baritones in the sample videos are loaded with wound strings tuned DGBE.



07-12-2012, 07:05 AM
That's very helpful, thanks!!!

I was wondering if the brighter one might be nice since both his current ones are mellow, but maybe I should just break down and ask him.

07-12-2012, 07:10 AM
That's very helpful, thanks!!!

I was wondering if the brighter one might be nice since both his current ones are mellow, but maybe I should just break down and ask him.

Perhaps he has mellow ukes because he prefers the mellower sound? What kind of wood is his current favorite uke made from?

07-12-2012, 07:15 AM
His favorite is the custom rosewood one, the other one is a second-hand monkeypod that he got just because it was there, I think. He's always commenting positively on the different sound my ukes have (mine have either spruce or cedar tops).

But I should add that he has GAS real bad and does like all different kinds of sounds.

mm stan
07-12-2012, 09:56 AM
Depends what kind of sound he likes..not ours.... mahogany has a sweeter sound and Arcacia has a Brighter tone....Good Luck...ask him, bright or warm tone...which do you like...

07-12-2012, 10:20 AM
I just did. He said both are nice! I'm going to give up and let him know, so he can just choose for himself.

07-12-2012, 11:24 AM
Of the two videos posted, I prefer the one with the mahogany ukulele. Like others who've posted in this thread, I hear the mahogany as being just a bit fuller and clearer. They both look beautiful, though, and I'm a big fan of acacia (partly, I admit, for its look), although my first ever ukulele is solid mahogany and I really like the way it sounds.