The Tahitian Ukulele

The Tahitian ukulele (ʻukarere or Tahitian banjo) is a short-necked fretted lute with eight nylon strings in four doubled courses, native to Tahiti and played in other regions of Polynesia. This variant of the older Hawaiian ukulele is noted by a higher and thinner sound and an open back, and is often strummed much faster.

The two middle courses are tuned an octave higher than they would be on a normal ukulele, and fishing line is used for the strings.

The Tahitian ukulele is significantly different from other ukuleles in that it does not have a hollow soundbox. The body (including the head and neck) is usually carved from a single piece of wood, with a wide conical hole bored through the middle. Alternatively Tahitian ukulele can be carved out of three pieces of wood with the sides being made from different woods, for decoration.

Ko`olau Guitar and Ukulele Company

Ko`olau Guitar and Ukulele Company Luthiers

Ko'olau Guitars and 'Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko'olau Mountains.

Ukelay - Tahitian Ukuleles

Ukelay - Tahitian Ukuleles Lutheirs

Build and create tahitian ukuleles for global purchase!

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