Keli'i S-G Hawaiian Made Solid Koa Soprano Ukulele
Keli'i is a Hawaiian company and K-brand that is less well known to today's generation of ukulele players. At one point they switched some of their production to China, and had just enough of the ukulele made on the islands to qualify as 'made in Hawaii'. This instrument is all Hawaiian made (the price is a clue!), now that they're no longer outsourcing any work.
The S-G is their soprano model in the 'gold series'. The 35mm nut width and low action, coupled with a pretty shallow neck profile mean it is really comfortable to play, and reaching around to make even complex chord shapes is a breeze.
The ukulele is traditionally Hawaiian, made from high grade all solid koa, with quite a thin body and flat back. The finish is semi-gloss and either side of the rosewood fingerboard, the nut and saddle are ebony.
This is a ukulele made in a really traditional way, with an emphasis on build and sound, rather than finish and bling. That said, they have splashed out on the world's finest tuners, Gotoh planetary UPT geared pegs - which are simply brilliant.
When you strum the clear fluorocarbon strings, you get a wonderful rainbow of sound, from golden lows to crisp trebles. It is subtle, gentle and mellow when you want it to be, moving up to an amazing crescendo of volume. Give it some welly and you'll not understand where all the noise is coming from, I certainly don't. Even at those high volumes the sound is still tight and controlled.