The earliest pineapple-shaped ukuleles (ca. 1920’s) were painted to look like a pineapple, as a tourist souvenir, but the shape caught on, and continues popular to this day even without the paint job. (especially in Japan!) This is the lowest-priced brand-new handmade koa top soprano ukulele on the market. yet it outperforms models costing many times its price in every area, including tone, intonation, playability, reliability, parts quality and detail work. You will never regret buying a Mele, as performers, entertainers and celebrities all over the world can happily inform you. (See the Mele Lifetime Warranty terms elsewhere on this website.) The lowest price anywhere for an entirely handmade solid koa top / mahogany back & sides ukulele! Great sound, great looks, easy to play. An awesome gift for that special person, young or old-or for yourself!