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Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa Natural 

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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 v...Read More

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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 tenor-sized model 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 Uke 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

Enjoy a ukulele that will last a lifetime. Order today.

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MartinTenor Ukulele Koa
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Martin T1K 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...Read complete review

    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.

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    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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    (1 of 1 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 Tenor Ukulele Koa:

    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.

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    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 Tenor Ukulele Koa:

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

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By haywire

      from Rancho Cucamonga

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Nice box

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Around The Housebbq's

        Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

        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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        (2 of 2 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 Tenor Ukulele Koa:

            Well constructed. Beautiful finish . Sounds rich and full.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It is koa folks - not mahogany.

            By William Mc Gowan

            from Philadelphia,Pa.

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Great Tone Intonation

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Enjoy It

            Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

            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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            (4 of 4 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 Tenor Ukulele Koa:

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Disappointing

            By Bob from CTH

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Nice Gig Bag

            Cons

            • Poor Tone Quality

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            quality less than expected

            By fishhead

            from Fairhope, AL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reasonable price

            Cons

            • Minor Cosmetic Issues
            • Not Very Attractive
            • Tone Underwelming

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing

            Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

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

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 8 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 Tenor Ukulele Koa:

              Instrument has strong company name, but tone quality missing

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              martin tenor ukulele koa

              Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

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

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