The 'Oi No Ka 'Oi
Hawaiian Steel Guitars
Noiseless Signal Chain
The Most Technically Advanced Wood HSG Available
The 'Oi Na Ka 'Oi ( "the best of the best" ) Hawaiian steel guitar family is the outgrowth of an intense study to develop, from scratch with no preconceptions, and with the advice of two of the best players in the world, the most advanced and beautiful instrument possible.
The top and bottom body flitches were cut from a native mango tree I harvested off my land in Honokala, Maui two decades ago. These are the finest grades culled from over 3500 board feet of lumber. As the wood is irreplaceable, these steel guitars are limited to 20 laps and 30 legged. They are true collector's items but meant and priced to be played.
Available in 6, 8 & 10 strings, and built to your specifications from a virtually limitless set of options in 10 categories, these instruments are guaranteed for as long as you own them.
Honokala, Maui Mango flitches laminated to maple core
1¼” thick 8# with double truss rods
Gotoh Cosmo Black medium peg tuning machines
D’Addario balanced nickel strings
Brass nut & intonated brass saddle
10-1, SS, PF1 & TW GeorgeL’s humbucker pickups in stock
Bourns volume control with treble bleed for consistent tone
2 stage (fine or quick) Bourns tone control
Torrified ash marker board
Mother of Pearl inlays
Felt bottom recessed pick & bullet "ashtray"
Felt fiber anti-skid leg pads
Rubber table feet
Lap in dull (satin) rub finish & 12mm padded gig bag
Legged in medium (semi-gloss) rub finish with
with high strength 2011 aluminum fittings,
custom carbon fiber leg set & flight case
6, 8 or 10 courses
23 or 24 1/4” scale
C6, C13 or specified tuning
Standard Medium 25# or light 21# string tension
SteelTronics SW 6/8 Pole or L10 blade handmade humbucker (+$75)
AA/spalted, AAA & AAAA coral irreplaceable mango grades
Virtually unlimited possibilities ~ built to your specifications for
style, scale, number of strings, tuning, tension, pickup and grade
" I used your lap steels throughout the entire Aloha International Steel Guitar Club convention and found them easy to play and the tone sounded great. The president of the AISGC played on both and he was impressed. The feel and tone your lap steels were very good.
I’ve been showing your lap steel to almost all my many steel guitar students and all like the "ashtray" for the bar and picks.
I am enjoying the tone and feel of your guitar."
Alan Akaka (shown here with Bobby Ingano on Maui, 2022)
Director, Ke Kula Mele & Chairman, HIMELE
Hawaiian Hall of Fame
Hear Alan Akaka on his 'Oi No Ka 'Oi from 7:00 to 8:40 on this video (and much more!)
"I've really been enjoying your 'Oi lap steel guitar.
Great harmonic response and tone capabilities."
The 'Oi 10" Speaker Cabinet
Need a handy amp and speaker setup?
Try the 25 watt Quilter SuperBlock
mounted on the front leg tray for
expanded fingertip tonal control,
with a carry-on sized mango speaker box
and 10" Celestion TF1020.
($599 for the pair)
Need the full pro sound?
Upgrade to a 200 watt Quilter ToneBlock
combined with their BlockDock 15"
speaker cabinet for the full stage sound
of their famed Steelaire.
($1399 for the pair)
The 'Oi No Ka 'Oi Tone Bar
The slide steelers with grip issues or who find a standard bullet awkward have been looking for!
5/8” x 3 ¼” SS Chromed Byrd style Hawaiian bullet nose steel tone bar
Curved top, coved side mango, walnut or cherry ergonomic handle
Stable and easy to hold on to
Symmetrical design for right or left handed
Improve your playing comfort & accuracy
Handmade in Santa Barbara
$40 / $50 with shipping within USA
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The 'Oi Acoustics Family
Hawaiian 6 String Steel (Electric)
Hawaiian 8 String Steel (Electric)
Hawaiian 10 String Steel (Electric)
Hawaiian Teardrop Slide Guitar
Hawaiian Weissenborn Slide Guitar
OM Baritone Guitar
OM Crossover Guitar
OM Steel String Guitar
CB5 (Hi C)
Compact Acoustic Bass
Acoustic Bass Guitar
FC Crossover Guitar
Steel String Guitar
Grand Tenor Ukulele
Grand Baritone Ukulele
5 String Tenor Ukulele
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