Monday, July 6, 2009

Ohta San's Black Martin 3M Standard

Aloha. Here is the legendary Ohta San. Perhaps the most famous ukulele player of all time. Ohta San has recorded over 50 albums, and has had platinum records. One of the all time greats, I am very honored to call him a friend. He was gracious enough to let me photograph one of his most famous ukuleles. The soprano Martin 3m that he painted black. This ukulele is made of solid mahogany, and has been retrofitted with an active pickup from Guitar Works, and a mosaic style pickguard applied by Ohta San himself. This ukulele stayed in his stable of instruments for years, and recently, he has brought it out again for tours to Japan and the U.S.. You may have seen him playing it at the Ukulele Super Jam, or if you missed it, be sure to catch him at the Ukulele Festival in Kapiolani Park in Waikiki on Sunday July, 19 2009. Mahalo

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