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Mahogany: Perfect Balance in Tone

Anyone familiar with the Ohana catalog will notice that we offer a number of all solid mahogany, and premium mahogany, models. Some folks might even think we have a little too much mahogany— but they’d be wrong! Mahogany is a beautiful and responsive wood, prized for its unique and wondrous attributes as a material for building acoustic instruments.


Mahogany is described by most builders as having a warm, dark and defined tone with a ‘woody’ sound. Good midrange tones with plenty of punch and excellent balance are part and parcel of instruments built of this species. The smaller body and scale length of a ukulele provide an inherently lighter and brighter sound— it can be hard to get dramatic, moodier dark tones out of these resolutely happy instruments. As mahogany instruments mature they open up and allow for more colorful overtone-rich sound, aging like a fine wine and developing more character as they are played.

-35g series solid mahogany details


It is one of the only wood types appropriate for making every part of the uke. Bracing, soundboards, necks— marvelous mahogany can do it all! Part of mahogany’s magic lies in the grain. Dense mahogany has less space in its grain than cedar or spruce lending a clarity to its sound. Quality material— with straight graining can be used for a neck that will last generations.  It bends without breaking for side treatments and bracings. Mahogany is suitable for inlays and binding, body and neck— one of the easiest woods to work with in building.


At Ohana, you’ll find 3 differentiations to the mahogany we use. Laminate, in our entry and student models, and as the back and sides in several of our Solid Top Series. Solid Mahogany, doing the heavy lifting in our core -35/35G line, as well as our more unique models— like the SK-30M/L and SKB-35. Premium Mahogany is used in our Vintage Line; this specialty preparation allows the wood (and instrument being built) to be lighter and more resonant.


Whether you pick a student model, something inspired by ukuleles of yore, or one of our specialty models, rest assured that each instrument we ship from Ohana HQ is touched by a trained technician. Our goal is to provide quality instruments that can encourage everyone to create and enjoy music. Try an Ohana uke today, and find out why our fans all say “I love my Ohana!”