Original hardshell case included. It was purchased for $380 and produces a lovely sound. So, in our opinion, this is truly a very rare Martin, perhaps, one of a kind, definitely a collector’s dream. Ukulele was my first instrument at age 6 or 7. Mele Round Back Koa & Mahogany CutAway Tenor with Abalone Shell Inlay $ 4,199.00 $ 3,999.00 Round-backed fretted instruments have been popular since Medieval and Renaissance times (lutes, mandolins, charangos, etc) for some of the unique qualities they offer, but until Ovation came out with their famous round-backed line of instruments, nobody had made a round-backed ukulele. You will find these vintage Martin koa ukulele mostly in soprano and concert ukulele models. You have a beautiful looking Martin Style 1k soprano ukulele. Your Mele Ukulele is a handmade solid wood instrument, just like guitars, violins and other fine stringed instruments costing many thousands! There are a lot of vintage Martin ukuleles out there. Beautiful, great playability and sweet sound. I bought 2 Mele ukuleles in 2004 – an all koa tenor cutaway and a Kalia rosewood/cedar concert. Aside from this, upkeep is very simple; wipe with a soft cloth occasionally, and slightly loosen the strings when traveling. No complaints with my mele ukulele as its beautiful sound makes each day I play it better! Rarely will you find a vintage Martin koa tenor ukulele. Presenting, a very rare 14 fret SOLID KOA vintage Martin Tenor ukulele circa 1970. It appears from your photos to be in excellent condition. Currently, they are: Humidity – The Symptoms, | Using a Guitar Humidifier, Video: Humidity – The Solution, Part 1 | Part 2. koaloha live; products; custom work; find a dealer; factory tours; contact Maui Ukulele Co. Koa (laminate) Soprano Ukulele; Mele Ukulele has carried reasonably priced laminated-wood ukuleles for many years. Mahogany, when properly selected and cured, makes for excellent ukuleles with great sound. Maui Ukulele Co, Hula Ukes & Other Brands. Our ukuleles feature great tone and playability, top quality Hawaiian koa and other fine SOLID tone woods, and detailed inlay work. Mele Ukulele – the web’s best source of quality hand-made solid wood ukuleles Our ukuleles feature great tone and playability, top quality Hawaiian koa and other fine SOLID tone woods, and detailed inlay work. P.S. To view them, go to www.taylorguitars.com, click on “Owner Resources”, scroll down to “Sometimes a Guitar gets Thirsty”, and you can click on the titles of the videos. It will, however, be the same model. Mike Longworth offered to buy this and showcase it in the Martin Guitars museum. However, Martin also built just a handful of solid koa ukuleles — the “K” series –3K, 5K, models. We also use Sitka spruce, Western red cedar and redwood tops on some of our ukuleles. Cedar and spruce tops are valued for the distinctive tone qualities and beautiful and distinctive appearance they can impart to a quality hand-built instrument. Our koa ukuleles, as well as having excellent sound qualities, are living works of nature’s art, each unique, with its beautiful ripples of color in the koa’s grain. Most people who started their new music hobby usually dig deep into ukulele instrument. Martin Guitars built ukuleles mostly using mahogany wood. For nearly 30 years, Mele Ukulele continues to offer what can be considered among the best values in musical instruments today. Every ukulele is absolutely unique and a representation of the exact model you are buying. Mele ukuleles are built to stringent quality standards to provide you with the utmost in satisfaction and value. Maui Ukulele Co, Hula Ukes & Other Brands. The case is probably original or at least from the same vintage as the ukulele. Do you have any questions or comments about ukuleles, music, Hawaii, or whatever? The koa wood on the face adds beauty to the display while a rich mahogany backing adds to the strength. For nearly 30 years, Mele Ukulele continues to offer what can be considered among the best values in musical instruments today. You can also click on them right here on our page to watch them on YouTube. menu. Frankly, we do not know or have ever seen any other vintage Martin koa tenor ukulele. Each Mele ukulele is designed to offer excellent playability. Let us know! There are some videos on the Taylor Guitars website that are very informative. Mint condition – no cracks. However, Martin also built just a handful of solid koa ukuleles — the “K” series –3K, 5K, models. Our mahogany ukuleles are great sellers, combining outstanding performance with great value. These are made with thin layers of beautiful tonewoods for the look of a much more expensive instrument. Sometimes our customers don’t realize that such instruments should be kept humidified. Each Mele ukulele is a beautiful example of the craftman’s work, and will provide you with a lifetime of fun and music. Your ukulele may not be identical to the one pictured. Vintage Martin KOA Tenor Ukulele – mint condition circa 1970 $ 100,000.00 Add to cart It was made between 1927 and the early 1930s. It has a Hawaiian koa wood body. We of course, think that all our ukuleles are beautiful but like children, they are all beautiful in their own ways. Genuine koa is found only in Hawaii and is becoming rare and expensive, so any genuine solid koa uke is an investment in the future. We use choice tropical tonewoods such as koa and mahogany, to provide the resonance and beauty that makes Mele ukuleles so special. Enjoy! My uke is a very simple design and yet holds a clear distinction as an upper class ukulele. They do not have any information of the whereabouts of the second one. Mele Round Back Koa & Mahogany CutAway Tenor with Abalone Shell Inlay $ 4,199.00 $ 3,999.00 Add to cart Vintage Martin KOA Tenor Ukulele – mint condition circa 1970 Martin Guitars built ukuleles mostly using mahogany wood. I am a working professional musician but I didn’t come back to ukulele until around the mid 1980’s. The great Mainland ukulele makers of times past, such as Martin, Gibson, Washburn, Regal, etc., used mahogany for most of their production. You will find these vintage Martin koa ukulele mostly in soprano and concert ukulele models. You will find Mele Ukuleles as the ukulele of choice by top Hawaiian entertainers and world famous musicians like Joe Walsh, John Fogerty, Jesse Colin Young, Steve Miller, Mick Fleetwood, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, and members of Bonnie Raitt, Bon Jovi and Jimmy Buffet’s bands. Mele Mango Pineapple Soprano (OUT OF STOCK) $ 399.00 – $ 479.00 Select options; Mele Ukulele Koa Top and Mahogany Soprano $ 399.00 – $ 479.00 Select options; Mele Mango Soprano Double Hole $ 399.00 Add to cart; Glossy Koa Top Soprano Double Puka $ 399.00 – $ 479.00 Select options; Mele Mahogany Vintage Rope Inlay Soprano $ 449.00 Add to cart Cedar imparts a warm, mellow, rich tone and spruce is the choice of many professional virtuoso ukulele players because of its volume, punch and brilliance. These are the most popular woods for guitar tops and they also are excellent for ukes. The most valuable and sought after Hawaiian-built ukuleles have always been made of koa wood, once known as “Hawaiian mahogany”. After all, Martin Guitars built ukuleles by the thousand from as early as the 1920s until 1970s. They built mahogany ukulele in all sizes or models – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. They built mahogany ukulele in all sizes or models – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. One of only 2 they made as a special order. (Koa and mahogany are both hardwoods and members of the acacia family.) Martin Guitars’ historian, Mike Longworth confirmed that this Martin koa ukulele was made in 1970. Please keep your Mele in its case when it’s not being played, and use a humidifier (we offer some inexpensive ones for sale) if you live in a very dry climate or heat your home. ***Please note*** Due to the handmade nature of our instruments, ukuleles may vary due to variations in tone woods, wood grains etc.