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 feel more familiar to guitar players accustomed 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.
- Body Size: Tenor Ukuele
- Construction: Applied Dovetail Neck Joint
- Top: Koa
- Back & Sides: Koa
- Braces: Non-Scalloped SItka Spruce, 1/4"
- Fingerboard Width at nut: 1-11/32"
- Nut Material: White Tusq
- String spacing at saddle: 1-5/8"
- Saddle Material: Compensated White Tusq
- Tuning Machines: Grover Open Gear
The T1K Uke demonstrates that Martin builds superior-quality ukuleles. 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. Deluxe padded gig bag included.