The Mele Mahogany Tenor 4 we’ve offered for 20 years is about the best deal to be found anywhere in a professional quality handmade performance instrument, and you will see one wherever great Hawaiian music is played, as a rule. Here, though, is a special premium deluxe limited edition version of that instrument, still at a great price considering what it is.
Entirely constructed on Maui, this deluxe tenor has a LOT of special features. Made of the finest figured mahogany we can find for great tone and looks, its CNC-cut neck has the perfect profile and thickness for best play, and it is the length of a baritone ukulele neck (19″ scale, as opposed to 17″ on regular tenors), offering superior intonation and sustain and allowing the instrument to be strung in either regular GCEA or baritone DGBE tuning.
This particular 4-string model has an all solid Mahogany wood top and solid mahogany back, sides and neck, with an ebony fingerboard and bridge. Like all Meles, it is entirely handmade, and painstakingly set up for great action and intonation. The 4 strings are tuned to GCEA, and has a smooth, quick neck feel. It just provides a rich, full sound. A lot of professional players choose the Jumbo size because of its comfortable feel, especially for those with very hands.
The fit and finish of this gorgeous instrument must be seen to be believed, rivaling both manufactured and “boutique” ukes selling for several times its price. Mele has done it again; the MOST bang for the buck on the market!