Ohana re-issues vintage models that salute the original “Dias uke”

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Ohana Ukuleles is reissuing 2 ukuleles: the SK-28 and the CK-28. The Ohana SK-28 is a vintage re-issue of the Portuguese model first introduced to Hawaii in 1879 by cabinet-makers Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santos – the first ukulele luthiers. Ohana’s CK-28 is a concert-sized version of the SK-28.

Both models feature a sound hole rosette, rope binding and inlay along the fingerboard and headstock which are closest to the Dias model, although Dias’ original had a figure eight-shaped headstock. During an intensive development process of the two models, Ohana aimed to closely mirror the original binding, inlay embellishments, as well as the size and shape of the original Dias/Nunes/Santos models. Additionally, Ohana used premium all-solid mahogany wood to produce the SK-28 and CK-28 models, as well as the vintage rub-on process on the finish to give the ukuleles both a special vintage look and sound. They are priced at $369 and $469 respectively.

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