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Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele  Natural

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Excellent craftsmanship and solid Hawaiian koa for a full, authentic sound.

Martin has built the world's finest ukuleles since 1916, and tenor ukes since 1929 that have long been prized for their full-bodied voice and great volume. The T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele features top, back and sides crafted of solid Hawaiian koa, a wood native to Hawaii and a favorite of island players. Entire body is finished in high quality satin lacquer, and features an applied dovetail neck joint. The T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele is a beautiful example of why Martin is still the name in superior quality ukuleles.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Full tenor ukulele sound
  • Solid Hawaiian koa back, sides and top
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Select hardwood neck with solid morado fingerboard
  • 17" scale length with 20 frets
  • White Tusq nut and saddle
  • Satin finish
  • Includes padded gig bag

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MartinT1K Koa Tenor Ukulele
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (7)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It is koa folks - not mahogany.

This is a solid koa ukulele - not mahogany. Koa produces a bright, crisp, lilting sound and mahogany a warm, darker sound. My Martin T1K sings right up the fretboard producing clear,...Read complete review

This is a solid koa ukulele - not mahogany. Koa produces a bright, crisp, lilting sound and mahogany a warm, darker sound. My Martin T1K sings right up the fretboard producing clear, shimmering notes with excellent intonation. No doubt the compensated saddle is a contributing factor to the intonation, however I did make some adjustments to the out-of-the-box set up. Nicely suited for arpeggiated playing or lovely Hawaiian songs due to the clarity of the individual notes. The rounded over edges of the instrument are a nice feature making it comfortable to play for long periods of time - no indentations in the forearms. The 1 5/8" wide fretboard provides ample room for chording. One could easily pay twice the price for a solid koa ukulele and not necessarly get a better sounding and playing instrument. The Martin T1K mde in Mexico is a superb deal. Now why doesn't Martin produce this in a soprano version ?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

Beautiful wood, good workmanship, and nice gig bag, action was a bit high but that could be easily adjusted. The real problem is the tone--in my opinion,totally lacking warmth. Tried...Read complete review

Beautiful wood, good workmanship, and nice gig bag, action was a bit high but that could be easily adjusted. The real problem is the tone--in my opinion,totally lacking warmth. Tried several brands of my favoite "go-to" strings and this ukulele just sounded harsh on them all. Really wanted this to work out but finally gave up and restrung it with a new set of Martin M-620s as originally supplied and returned the ukulele. I would always prefer to buy an acoustic instrument where I could try it out and compare to other items in the store but could not find one of these locally. Next best thing is Musicians Friend with their 45 day customer satisfaction return policy. Musicians Friend Customer Service was excellent as always.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Martin T1K Tenor Ukulele

By Willie

from Toledo

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Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

I already own a half dozen ukes, even one from Hawaii, and this is the pick of the litter. It sounded great and played great right out of the box. I used it with confidence on a gig just two days after I got it. Had several positive comments on it from the listeners and from the other musicians. Just couldn't be more pleased. Take it from old Uncle Willie; this one's a keeper!
Beautiful! When you pull it out of the case, you can smell the Koa wood. Quite pleasant
This is the "made in Mexico" Martin. I can't imagine it being any better than a Nazareth, PA model. The Mexicans have been building nylon stringed instruments for a long time; they definitely have the knack.
You won't find a better sounding, louder or prettier ukulele for this price.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is koa folks - not mahogany.

By William Mc Gowan

from Philadelphia,Pa.

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Great Tone Intonation

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Enjoy It

Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

This is a solid koa ukulele - not mahogany. Koa produces a bright, crisp, lilting sound and mahogany a warm, darker sound. My Martin T1K sings right up the fretboard producing clear, shimmering notes with excellent intonation. No doubt the compensated saddle is a contributing factor to the intonation, however I did make some adjustments to the out-of-the-box set up. Nicely suited for arpeggiated playing or lovely Hawaiian songs due to the clarity of the individual notes. The rounded over edges of the instrument are a nice feature making it comfortable to play for long periods of time - no indentations in the forearms. The 1 5/8" wide fretboard provides ample room for chording. One could easily pay twice the price for a solid koa ukulele and not necessarly get a better sounding and playing instrument. The Martin T1K mde in Mexico is a superb deal. Now why doesn't Martin produce this in a soprano version ?

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointing

By Bob from CTH

from New Hampshire

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Pros

  • Nice Gig Bag

Cons

  • Poor Tone Quality

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

Beautiful wood, good workmanship, and nice gig bag, action was a bit high but that could be easily adjusted. The real problem is the tone--in my opinion,totally lacking warmth. Tried several brands of my favoite "go-to" strings and this ukulele just sounded harsh on them all. Really wanted this to work out but finally gave up and restrung it with a new set of Martin M-620s as originally supplied and returned the ukulele. I would always prefer to buy an acoustic instrument where I could try it out and compare to other items in the store but could not find one of these locally. Next best thing is Musicians Friend with their 45 day customer satisfaction return policy. Musicians Friend Customer Service was excellent as always.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Quality instrument.

By ThatUkePlayingGuy

from USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Build Quality
  • Nice Sound
  • Nice Wood Selection
  • Smells Great
  • Well built

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Anything You Need Uke For

Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

This is a quality instrument. The build and wood selection are excellent. Very cleanly put together. Tone is subjective, obviously, but I really like the tone. It sounds more full than some other koa ukes to my ears.
The price is most definitely reasonable for such a well made instrument.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

martin tenor ukulele koa

By Artemio Delos Reyes

from Hawaii

Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

Like the finish, Love the tone and sound,
Super fast shipping, Love the item. Sound is excellent. Appreciate the tracking set up.

(5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Tone Quality Missing

By Kalani41

from Honolulu, HI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

  • Poor Tone Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

    Instrument has strong company name, but tone quality missing

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice

    By Jim

    from Sun City Center, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful Finish Rsound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

        Well constructed. Beautiful finish . Sounds rich and full.

        (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        quality less than expected

        By fishhead

        from Fairhope, AL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Reasonable price

        Cons

        • Minor Cosmetic Issues
        • Not Very Attractive
        • Tone Underwelming

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

        Given the price, I was not very impressed with its appearance and the tone quality was not what I expected in a Martin instrument.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A beautiful, simple instrument

        By Mum guy Philly

        from Philadelphia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Beautiful Sound
        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Needs Hard Case
        • Tuners Only Fair

        Best Uses

        • Anything
        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

        Beautiful solid koa wood. Neck, frets, strings finish superb. The tuners--meh. The strings settle down nicely with a little gentle tugging over a couple hours. Nice gig bag, but this uke really needs a hard case. The finish is a slightly slick, but not super shiny. It shows off the curvy splendid koa so nicely. I've read some people don't like the tone. My personal opinion is that it's wonderful. I've played this baby about 8 hours over the last 2 days, and either I'm getting better, it's getting better, or both. My family is not just tolerating, but encouraging me to play more songs. It goes with the human voice so well. Perfect. Maybe there is a custom $2000 uke out there that's better. It might have better tuners, yes. It might be gussied up with tons of mop, purfling, gold plated this and that and a bullet-proof case. But I can't imagine a uke that says "real" better that this one at anything like this price. I don't write reviews unless something is great or stinks. This is a real, real pleasure. Nothing in this world is perfect, but for this price, it's as good as it gets. IMOO.

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Nothing Special

        By Odie

        from Florida

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        Pros

        • Consistent

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

          I have played guitar and mandolin most of my life and own several Martin instruments. This uke is not worth what I paid. I shipped it back the same day I received it. I expected more quality from Martin, Mexican made or not.

           
          5.0

          Love this Uke!

          By Melzie

          from Atlantic City

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

            Beautiful tone, nice action. Just a beautiful instrument and a pleasure to play.

             
            5.0

            Every bit as good as I had hoped. Screams "Play Me MORE!"

            By ukeloverneil

            from Pensacola FL

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

              This makes 29 ukuleles for me, three of them Martin. I adore my Concert C1K and so finally ordered this one, the T1K. I LOVE IT!!! This ukulele and its concert brother make me practice more. They dare me to try to find something they can't handle. My third Martin, I should mention, is the OXK and even though it plays beautifully its weight makes it feel "front-heavy" and so I rarely pick it up. I sincerely hope that Martin is very proud of these instruments because the absolutely should be.

               
              5.0

              Spectacular instrument!

              By Aaron

              from Aberdeen, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Construction
              • Good Tone
              • Quality Woods

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                What a phenomenal instrument! You could easily pay twice as much for an ukulele that won't deliver the quality and tone of a Martin.

                I've owned several ukuleles and I've owned many Martin instruments, including my trusty D-35. This ukulele exemplifies the quality of construction and tone that Martin is renown for. It's made in their Mexican factory, and the build is flawless: joints, fretwork, seams, and bracing are impeccably crafted.

                The tone is second-to-none in this price range. Solid koa top, back, and sides produce an incredibly resonant response that favors the treble and midrange while retaining an exceptional balance for fingerpicking or strumming. Make no mistake: this is a solid koa instrument and it responds quite differently from its solid mahogany counterparts. This uke doesn't do "dark" or "muddy," though it is warm to my ears. The T1K produces the characteristic "snap" of a high-end uke when muted, and note clarity/intonation are beautiful as you move up the neck. The neck is a dream to play. Some folks may benefit from adjusting the action a bit, but it served me well out-of-the-box. The open tuners work very well.

                I can't imagine finding another uke at this price point that is so exemplary. The next step up would be the "K" brands, I'm certain. Don't hesitate to place your ukulele obsession in Martin's hands: they've streamlined their production process to deliver quality woods, quality tone, and legendary customer support at a very reasonable price.

                 
                5.0

                Quaity Instrument

                By skyukamtnman

                from Western North Carolina

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • All Koa
                • Great Tone
                • Well built

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                  This is my first ukulele and I am well pleased with the quality. You can't go wrong with Martin musical instruments

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Hawian Koa from south o'the bordah....

                  By haywire

                  from Rancho Cucamonga

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                  Pros

                  • Nice box

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Around The Housebbq's

                    Comments about Martin T1K Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                    This is a very nice instrument...nice wood, well constructed, nice neck.The Koa sounds very balanced with a tip to the high end..(I have a very nice mohag tenor- much darker..).The strings provided are too light-guaged.. almost like soprano... They were not stretched out... apperently just slammed on... I'm going to put some Aquilla tenor's on this bird..Should fix it. A very nice uke for the money..It will only get better with time...

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