Originating in Hawaii and descended from fretted instruments brought to the island chain paradise by seafaring Portuguese traders, the indigenous wood used to make ukuleles was typically koa, the second most common tree on the islands. A beautiful, visually stunning, highly figured tropical hardwood, koa is also a magnificent tonewood known to “open up” over time – to blossom sonically. Koa’s sonic attributes include great note definition and clarity, full frequency response, and rich harmonic warmth. Tiki is happy to offer all four of the most popular uke sizes with bodies constructed entirely out of koa. Additional stand-out features include a rosewood bridge and fingerboard, bone nut and saddle, and die-cast tuning gears. The TKB-3 baritone has Belcat’s UK-500T preamp/EQ system built-in, providing volume, bass, and treble controls, and outfitted with a chromatic tuner and includes a gig bag.