Sometimes one needs to break traditions to create a masterpiece. West Africa is about as far as one can get from the islands of Hawaii, but no other wood had the characteristics needed to spotlight the nuances of doubled strings. Coupled with a solid spruce top the Ovangkol O8E by Lanikai has an incredible full tone. When the song calls for a different voice Lanikai delivers a new array of sounds with this 8 string ukulele. This model comes with the standard tuning of GCEA with the C and A strings doubled like a 12 string guitar. The O8E acoustic/electric ukulele comes with a Shadow preamp for gigging situations. With the easy playability, and included instruction booklet written by Mary Lou Dempler you will be playing in a matter of minutes. If you have never played ukulele before get ready for a world of fun. The ukulele is an addicting instrument that can and will be taken everywhere. The standard tuning on a Soprano, Concert, and Tenor ukulele is GBEA, and on a Baritone DGBE. If you can play one ukulele you can play them all!