As early as 1915, Martin began experimenting with ukulele designs, and in 1929, Martin introduced Tenor ukuleles to their line. With a larger body and a longer scale, these Tenor Ukuleles produce a full-bodied voice and greater overall volume. Their larger size also makes them more familiar to guitar players who are used to a more sizable instrument.
The Martin T1K Uke features all solid Hawaiian Koa construction. Koa is a variant of Acacia that is native to Hawaii, and it lends a traditional tone and island aesthetic to the 4-string template. Unlike most ukuleles, the T1K Uke actually has an applied dovetail neck joint—just like a good Martin 6-string! The result is a ukulele that is truly deserving of the "C.F. Martin & Co." decal on the head plate.
This 2016 Martin T1K Uke is in excellent condition. Its tone is warm and refined. As you'd expect from a tenor uke, it sounds bigger and fuller than its soprano and concert cousins. This one shows light playwear, it has a small ding on the edge of the upper bout, and there is a ~1.5" crack on the back (see photos). Overall, it's a great-playing ukulele, and it includes its original gig bag.