aNueNue Ukuleles: Meet Your Maker

anngoalsI often look at the ukulele scene in Japan with envy. Shigeto is kind enough to send me copies of Japan’s Ukulele Magazine. My Japanese isn’t great so I spend my time gawping at the strange and unknown ukuleles on its pages. They’re made by companies that are a complete mystery to me: ‘I’Iwi, Tsubame, Shiihara.

So when one of the companies aNueNue (based in Taiwan) got in touch with me (via Bosko and Honey) to tell me they were going international I took the opportunity to find out more about them.

Full disclosure: aNueNue have sent me one of their ukes to test out which I’ll be reviewing before too long.

How long have aNueNue been making ukuleles and how did you get started?

It all started in summer of 2007, we got into the idea of building a ukulele brand. We spent months of research in designing the brand. We finally agree to use Rainbow Man, a well known Hawaiian petroglyph. The rainbow arc above the man’s head shows that he radiates wisdom or power and shoulder to responsibility. He is the keeper of the land and its people. We are all responsible of protecting Mother Earth.

aNueNue means rainbow in Hawaiian. Pronounced as “”Ahh nu way nu way.”

“The philosophy of aNueNue Ukulele is Life, Music, and Play.” This little instrument has changed many people life entirely, in both music people listen to and music people play with.

We have years of experience in building good classical, acoustic guitars, and ukuleles.

a-lani-rWe bought solid koa and mango wood from our friend in Hawaii. We handmade the first ukulele in tenor size by chisel and scrapers. We then build the next 12 samples in all ukulele sizes in mango, mahogany, and koa wood.

We then design the Lani Series (meaning Heaven) and Papa Series (meaning Earth).

What sort of players are your ukuleles aimed at?

Whether you are a beginner, a hobbyist, or a professional musician, we have designed various models to fit your needs. If you like rhythm playing, you can consider our soprano models. If you are a fingerstyle artist, you can look into our tenor cutaway model. We use Fishman USA pickups exclusively for amplification.

What separates aNueNue from other ukuleles?

oahu-koa-iiiOur passion for quality ukulele has provoked a strong focus on customer experience, brand building and the impact that customer service, artist relations and music has on people. With our expertise and years of experience in the musical instrument industry, we have focused our passion to bring you the World’s best ukulele.

What do you think makes a great ukulele?

Good season wood, brace system, volume, light weight, string, stable tuners make a good ukulele. It’s all part of equation. There’s a fine tune between over-built and under-built. We are still learning something new every day on how to make great ukulele. I can tell you we are experimenting a lot inside this little box.

Visit aNueNue’s website

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  1. Jomes September 23rd, 2009 7:15 pm

    What’re the price range on those?

  2. Carl September 24th, 2009 12:51 am

    Their website took too long to load – a bit overdone. I did not wait to see the models. Too bad, though, since they seem interesting.

  3. Hans September 24th, 2009 8:30 am

    Peaceful and joyful web site, I like their uke design. I hope to try them out in UK!

  4. Woodshed September 24th, 2009 9:47 am

    Jomes: It’s pretty wide. The cheapest (laminated soprano) they have is $147 and the most expensive and the most expensive (solid koa tenor with pickup) is $898.

    Carl and Hans: That’s the thing with flash-based websites, they can look great but they also create a lot of hassles.

  5. Mike Woodhouse September 24th, 2009 3:42 pm

    I’m with Carl here, I clicked on the URL sat and waited a while, got bored and clicked ‘Ukuleles’ in the top, waited for another very pretty screen to load, clicked the picture of a ukulele got a screen loading and a balloon floating around and gave up.

    Grumpy of Tring.

  6. John September 25th, 2009 4:29 pm

    While I’m disappointed they don’t have a bari model, I gotta say; “Damn – that’s one cool website!”

  7. Woodshed September 27th, 2009 12:00 pm

    Mike: Have you tried using IE?

  8. RICK GREEN November 27th, 2010 7:10 pm

    A fun and interesting website. I ordered a ukulele because of it. They love what they do. Great job aNueNue! Had absolutly no problems with your wesite.

  9. UkuleleStu January 22nd, 2011 4:51 pm

    Greetings all….
    I recently bought a Gerald Ross model anuenue tenor uke. For the money, it is phenominal. Crystal clear highs, great projection, faboulous action, and it sounds wonderful plugged in. You won’t be dissapointed with this brand.
    Also, I made it to the NAMM show this year and got to play the new Harp Uke. No doubt, I will HAVE to have one of these. It was the same quality as my GR model, and really opened my mond up to the different playing possibilities.
    My hat off to Anuenue, they are doing it right…

  10. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 10:31 am

    UkuleleStu: Thanks very much for that. Good to hear.

  11. Em March 30th, 2011 5:22 am

    i just tried out the soprano version in a melbourne guitar shop recently and it was pure bliss. Really good sound (and loud too) and nice and light. It was priced at 500 bucks which i reckon its worth every penny.

  12. Woodshed March 31st, 2011 2:04 pm

    Em: Glad you like it. Thanks for the report.

  13. micki June 30th, 2012 12:43 am

    I’m a long time guitar player (since age 9 and I’m 56) who just recently fell in love with the Ukulele. I have two Lanikai’s, a concert and a tenor and they are excellent. Just Bought an Anuenue Gerald Ross lll tenor cutaway. Wonderful instrument! They really do make pieces of high quality!

  14. Woodshed July 2nd, 2012 4:21 pm

    micki: Glad to hear it!

  15. Jason December 14th, 2015 9:23 am

    So just started playing ukulele about 4 months ago and just picked up the anuenue lani III CE for 200 with a case… Price didn’t matter because I can’t believe the difference in sound from ukuleles it’s beautiful and helps me at least look like I know what I’m doing :)

    And thank you mr wood your site and use for dummies book is helping me along a lot faster than strumming out Disney tunes for the kids tyvm

  16. Woodshed December 15th, 2015 10:53 am

    Jason: Thanks very much! I’m glad it helped.

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