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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 volume. The T1K tenor-sized model features top, back... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
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MartinTenor Ukulele Koa
 
4.0

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
    • 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

 

Not the quality I expect from Martin

1st Uke I received had a screw on the 1st string machine head with the screw-head sheared off (the broken screw shat was still in the screw hole) but had very nice wood.Read complete review

1st Uke I received had a screw on the 1st string machine head with the screw-head sheared off (the broken screw shat was still in the screw hole) but had very nice wood.
2nd Uke (to replace the damaged 1st Uke) had poor quality wood top. Obvious asymmetrical irregularity, looked like a scar (would have been rejected by the "old" Martin craftsman).
3rd Uke (rejected the quality of the 2nd) had a very nice top and back, no flaws, but has a nasty light colored blemish one fret, and a mismatched light color laminated face on the head stock (not a solid continuation of the neck wood) I kept this one which plays fine and sounds very nice.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

2 martin and build quality very poor

By Lee

from Oakland and Kauai

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • sound is good

Cons

  • build quality is very bad
  • frets tarnish very fast
  • martin logo looks very cheap
  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

My second Martin from guitar center and still a very poorly made instrument. The neck has a gap as it attaches to the body, sand marks on finish, and poor finish. I was told that by pro coverage that i needed to take my ukulele into the local guitarcenter and have there tech check it out and see if it needed to be sent back.. The tech at this store exhibited the worst customer service that i may have ever experienced. The tech was condescending, told me to be quiet, offered no feedback on how to fix my ukulele and was zero help.

In general I would not suggest anyone to waste there money on this martin tenor.. Buy a cordoba or kala, have it set up professinally to lower the action and buy good strings *worths* and put on it..

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not the quality I expect from Martin

By ChrisDaudiochef

from Burbank CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Inferior Wood Selection
  • Not Consistent
  • Poor Quality Control

Best Uses

    Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

    1st Uke I received had a screw on the 1st string machine head with the screw-head sheared off (the broken screw shat was still in the screw hole) but had very nice wood.
    2nd Uke (to replace the damaged 1st Uke) had poor quality wood top. Obvious asymmetrical irregularity, looked like a scar (would have been rejected by the "old" Martin craftsman).
    3rd Uke (rejected the quality of the 2nd) had a very nice top and back, no flaws, but has a nasty light colored blemish one fret, and a mismatched light color laminated face on the head stock (not a solid continuation of the neck wood) I kept this one which plays fine and sounds very nice.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice Uke

    By jeffrey

    from San Diego, CA

    Site Member

    Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

    Uke arrived on time which has nearly always been the case for me with GC. Uke is a little plain but the koa looks great and the finish was perfect. No dings, scratches or anything. Very clean joinery and craftmanship. I have bought a couple $800+ Martin guitars that had a few imperfections but I guess I got lucky with this uke. Intonation is almost 100% dead on. Looks like they did a great job compensating and I'm quite happy with it. Sounds great and comparable to the other koa ukes I've played in this price range. Gig bag is nice, padded pretty well and much better than I anticipated.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Ukulele - Quality Built and Amazing Sound

    By Steven

    from Billings, MT

    Site Member

    Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

    Got mine about a month ago. Arrived at scheduled time. Very pleased with matched Koa, front and back. Great Koa accent in headstock. I have been working on several Jake Shimabukuro tunes (Boy Meets Girl, 143 etc.) since this beauty arrived. Sound and playability are 5 star. You could pay a lot more for an Island made Uke but I'm not sure you would get a better sounding or playing instrument. For the price... don't pass it up.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Nothing Special

    By Odie

    from Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

      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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If you have tried the rest, Now buy the Best.

      By Terry

      from Aiken South Carolina

      Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

      I've been Blind for over 20 years and I finally decided to learn to play Strings, I've been playing for only a short time now and I'm telling you nothing beats Solid Wood and nothing beats this Ukulele from Martin, This Ukulele is fantastic the sound is great lots of punch for a little strummer, stays in tune great, I couldn't be happier, I'm going to Upgrade my Acoustic Guitars to Martin Solid wood all the way, its what makes all the difference. Your Stringing friend, Terry PS Keep on Pickin

      (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 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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Big name, mediocre instrument

      By Craig

      from Mesquite, TX

      Comments about Martin Tenor Ukulele Koa:

      I bought this uke because it was the best sounding soprano in the store. I also trusted the Martin name. The build on this instrument is attractive. The wood is lovely and has that classic Martin smell. It comes with Martin strings which are not the best. The sound was greatly improved when I changed to Aquilla strings. The factory action is OK. No buzz for me. And, the friction tuners work fine with a little adjustment and practice. My biggest complaint is intonation. No matter how much fine tuning I try, there is no way to get some octaves to tune up. This indicates a manufacturing issue and not tuners. For $499 you can get a much better ukulele. If good intonation is important, spend your money on something else.

       
      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

        (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

        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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