Being the first uke in the popular X-Series there was always going to be high expectations of the Martin OXK Ukulele, but it doesn’t disappoint. Shaped to the original soprano shape, which is also the smallest ukulele size, the OXK’s top, back & sides are constructed from Hawaiian koa-pattern high pressure laminate (HPL).
A warm and powerful tone
It’s only fitting that the wood from which the Martin OXK Ukulele is constructed shares it origins with that of the instrument itself. Aside from that fact it is also a great choice, offering a clear and precise tone, atop a blanket of warmth. The overall sound sits between the properties of maple and mahogany, being loud but mellow.
Martin’s well-known guitar manufacturing expertise is also apparent with the Martin OXK Ukulele, as it sports solid sitka spruce braces and mahogany end blocks, which along with the hardness of the kao, result in a strong guitar that is capable of loud and lasting sustain.
Strong and durable
The stratabond neck of the Martin OXK Ukulele is known for being especially strong, and being joined to the body of the uke via a dove tail joint, ensures a sturdy instrument. The neck has been carved to a comfortable C-shaped profile, with an average depth. This is topped by a morado fingerboard with 17 frets, measuring 1-13/32'' at the instrument’s White Tusq nut and 1-13/16'' at the 12th fret and is matched with a morado bridge. At the other end of the Martin OXK Ukulele you have a solid headstock with a koa wood pattern HPL finish and Grover nickel tuners with white buttons.
Finally, the Martin OXK Ukulele also comes readily supplied with a padded gigbag.
Manufacturer Martin Model 0XK Soprano Ukulele Construction Mahogany Blocks/Applied Dovetail Neck Joint Body Size Soprano Ukulele Top Koa pattern HPL Textured Finish Rosette Single Ring Top Bracing Pattern O-Uke Top Braces Solid Sitka Spruce Back Material Koa pattern HPL Textured Finish Side Material Koa pattern HPL Textured Finish Neck Material Brown Stratabond Neck Shape Soprano Uke Shape Nut Material White Tusq Headstock Solid Headplate Koa pattern HPL Textured Finish Fingerboard Material Morado or Rosewood Scale Length 13.614'' Number of Frets Clear 12 Number of Frets Total 17 Fingerboard Width at Nut 1-13/32'' Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret 1-13/16'' Fingerboard Position Inlays One at the 5th, Two at the 7th, One at the 10th Bridge Material Morado Bridge Style O-Uke Bridge String Spacing 1-41/64'' Saddle White Tusq Tuning Machines Grover Nickel w/ White Buttons Recommended Strings Martin Ukulele (M600) Case Padded Bag Interior Label Gold Foil Label
I did have to change the strings as one came undone from its journey from the USA. Now strings have settled its fab.
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