We have an extensive collection of fine crafted guitars, and one of the largest selections of ukuleles in the world.
Come by and visit us at our shop, located in beautiful downtown Hilo, on
the Big Island of Hawaii!
We stock high quality Guitars from Taylor, Takamine, ESP, Washburn, Composite Acoustics, Schecter, Oscar Schmidt, Blackbird, Cordoba, etc. We offer new and previously owned guitars.
Taylor K24CE Shown Below
Hawaiian koa’s captivating beauty is matched by a tone that blossoms over time, especially in the midrange. Its voice is bright and focused, with warm overtones that slowly emerge, adding sweetness and depth. Premium all-wood appointments, led by the Island Vine fretboard inlay, celebrate the wood’s natural appeal.
Takamine P6N Shown Below
With Takamine’s distinctive NEX body style, the P6N is a singer’s delight, combining the power of a dreadnought with balanced tone that perfectly complements the vocal range. It features a resonant solid spruce top with scalloped “X” top bracing for superior balance and articulation, a solid flame maple back and flame maple sides, and elegant ivory body binding with black and white purfling and mother-of-pearl rosette.
Built with the performer in mind, the P6N features Takamine’s proprietary CTP-3 Cool Tube™ preamp system paired with the unique Palathetic™ under-saddle pickup for peerless amplified response. The dual-channel CTP-3 provides low-voltage tube tone, variable from bright and brilliant to thick and warm, three-band EQ with semi-parametric midrange, auxiliary input and volume (for use when a second pickup is added), and an onboard chromatic tuner.
Other performance-enhancing features include Takamine’s asymmetrical neck profile – which is slightly thinner on the bass side so that it fits the natural shape of your hand, resulting in a comfortable feel and improved playability. The split bone saddle provides more accurate intonation, while bridge pin positioning optimizes break angle to improve sustain and presence.
Premium design appointments include an ebony fingerboard with ivory binding and mother-of-pearl “snowflake” inlays, a black headcap, gold tuners with pearl buttons, a natural bone nut and gloss brown sunburst finish. The P6N comes complete with a premium archtop hardshell case.
We carry Soprano Ukuleles, Concert Ukuleles, Tenor Ukuleles and Baritone Ukuleles with a range of prices, from one of a kind instruments handcrafted in Hawaii to beginning instruments for children.
We have Hawaiian crafted ukuleles from Kanilea, Kamaka, and Po Mahina. We also have a large number of high quality ukuleles imported from overseas, including Kala, Oscar Schmidt, Makala, Islander and Nalu (etc).
We offer both guitar and ukulele repair by our own Luthier Dennis Lake (maker of Po Mahina Ukuleles).
Guitar and ukulele lessons are available in the store.
We have staged workshops by Slack key Legend Ozzie Kotani and ukulele virtuoso James Hill, and will continue to do so when the opportunity arises.
Whether you are looking for that special guitar or that beautiful Hawaiian Koa ukulele, or just want to come in and talk story, we look forward to seeing you and helping you in any way we can.
Mahalo, Ken Cameron (owner Hilo Guitars and Ukuleles) 56 Ponahawai Street Hilo, Hawaii 96720 (808)-935-4282