Pono O-15 Size Parlor Guitar
The O-15 is one of our most popular parlor size guitars. Body woods are mango, and the tone is as sweet as the fruit.
The entire instrument is made of solid woods, no laminates, and no plastics. And it includes a hardshell case.
And free US domestic shipping.
Most major guitar manufacturers offer an "economy" line, but almost always it's laminate woods, or if the top is solid, then the back and sides are usually laminate. The customer sees the word "solid" in the description of the top wood, and they seem to be satisfied. For Pono Guitars we only use solid woods.
The latest marketing ploy is calling it "layered" wood. That sounds better than plywood or laminate. But the fact is, it's still plywood. Plywood holds up well, and can last many years with modern synthetic glues holding each sheet of laminate together. But there is little flexibility or natural aging. A solid wood guitar will age like fine wine, and last many generations.
However making guitars with all solid woods is costly, and our profits are less, but our goal from the beginning, over 30 years ago has not been mass production, but instead small quantities of high quality instruments. That makes no logical business sense. But we prefer to go back to an era of time when pride of craftsmanship was more important than aggressive growth and expansion. And in the end we can take pride is what we make.
The O-15 (and O-10 and O-20) are our least expensive parlor size guitars. They are more affordable because of a simple design.
Originally the O models had no binding and a satin finish. This has been revised to now include top and back Rosewood binding, and a gloss finish.
Other than it's relative simplicity, the O models have the same quality of materials and construction. As with all Pono Guitars, all internal bracing is individually hand carved and tuned for each guitar. All body woods are not only solid, but quartersawn.
The headstock on the O Series is solid instead of slotted. A solid headstock is just as functional as slotted, and easier and less expensive for us to make. Top and Back binding is Rosewood for our O Series, with very simple purfling strips on the top.
Bone nut and saddle, and high quality Grover tuners.
|Model||O-15 Parlor Mango|
|Package Includes||Hardshell arched top wooden case- Shipping and Custom setup.|