Here is a very beautiful and great-sounding Mele Koa 6-string tenor ukulele, with all the features and virtues of all of our koa 6-string tenor models but with the added value and uniqueness of our vintage-style “rope” inlay work. As this particular model is no longer in production, we have no doubt that it will be a terrific investment, as well as a fabulous gift or keepsake.
To celebrate our retail store’s tenth anniversary, in 2007, we came up with our “rope inlay” models. They serve as a tribute to some of the first Hawaiian ukulele makers, who came to Hawaii from the Portuguese island of Madeira in 1879 aboard an English sailing ship called the HMS Ravenscrag. Nunes, Santo and Dias built the first Hawaiian ukuleles with intricate, luxurious inlay work on the tops and sides, much as Portuguese stringed instruments had traditionally been made for centuries. Hawaiian and Mainland ukulele builders have used less and less ornamentation and detail work as the years have gone by, making ornately inlaid models relatively rarer and more valuable.
The Mele ukulele models featuring this traditional-style inlay work have sold steadily, and our stock is down to only a few remaining units in several of the sizes and models we produced. This year may very well be your last opportunity to own a deluxe Mele model featuring the “rope” inlays until and unless we re-introduce these models.