What kind of Ukulele did Israel Kamakawiwo'ole play?
what voice? soprano, tenor, or baritone?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Israel Kamakawiwo main Ukulele was a Martin Tenor. You can see him using it in the famous video for "Over the Rainbow". He had this Ukulele strung with Low G strings.
- 4 years ago
IZ played several different ukuleles over his brief recording career. Most were concert or tenor size. He had a few local handmade ukuleles and there are pictures of him on album liners with an old mahogany Martin and a custom Kamaka. For solid koa, I'd recommend a Concert or "Super" Concert from one of the big three "K"s -- Kamaka, Kanile'a, or KoAloha. I play a KoAloha Tenor. A Super Concert is a Concert body with a tenor length neck. If this is your first ukulele, save money and get a nice Lanikai.