Kiwaya KS-1 Mahogany Laminate Soprano Ukulele. The KS-1 is the entry-level model from the high-end Japanese brand Kiwaya. Arguably one of the finest producers of mainland style ukuleles in the world.
Modelled on the traditional Martin S-0, Kiwaya Ukuleles are built as light as possible for tone and projection. Aside from beautiful tone, close attention is paid to the fretwork, intonation and action making Kiwaya instruments some of the most comfortable and easy to play ukes in the world.
This entry-level soprano is made from woods from an environmentally friendly source. Although the KS-1 has a laminate constructed body, the woods are so thin that the tone comes very close to what you might expect from a higher budget solid wood instrument. If you've got a bit more money to spend, then go straight for the KTS-4 or KTS-5, but if not, don't be dissuaded by the laminate construction. This is undoubtedly a quality instrument made by one of the finest ukulele makers in the world today.
If you're looking for a simple looking, great sounding and playing soprano, then look no further, this is definitely a player's instrument!
I had a ukulele some years ago and like many, with the advent of lockdown, I ordered the KS1. I must stress that I consider myself a beginner having forgotten all that I knew many years ago, however, what a great use this is! The action is very good and easy to hold chords, and it sounds great. Very pleased with my purchase and i particularly like the descriptions on the website here, they were very helpful in making my decision.