Introducing

The 'Oi No Ka 'Oi

Hawaiian Steel Guitars

Pure Tone

Huge Sustain

Noiseless Signal Chain

Unlimited Possibilities

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.

Standard Features

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

Customization

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!)


Limited to 20 laps and 30 legged collector’s instruments. 

Go HERE for current inventory and ordering

"I've really been enjoying your 'Oi lap steel guitar. 

Great harmonic response and tone capabilities."

 Mark Prucha

President, AISGC

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)

Great sound!


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)

Fabulous sound!

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

Interested?

If you're interested in learning more about the process of designing the 'Oi No Ka 'Oi, read more at Steel Trappings by clicking on the image.


You'll find all 'Oi instruments to be easy to handle, a pleasure to look at, and resonant to your ears.  Demos of each instrument are on hand to try out; all new instruments are made to order to your specs & choice of woods. Read on through the menu to find your perfect handmade 'Oi instrument, and send me a note.


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That is preferably archaic...as is building things from wood by hand.



The 'Oi Acoustics Family

H6

Hawaiian 6 String Steel (Electric)

H8

Hawaiian 8 String Steel (Electric)

H10

Hawaiian 10 String Steel (Electric)

HT6

Hawaiian Teardrop Slide Guitar

HW6

Hawaiian Weissenborn Slide Guitar

OMB6

OM Baritone Guitar

OMC6

OM Crossover Guitar

OMS6

OM Steel String Guitar

CB5 (Hi C)

Compact Acoustic Bass

AB4

Acoustic Bass Guitar

0C6

FC Crossover Guitar

0S6

Steel String Guitar

0T4

Tenor Guitar

GT4

Grand Tenor Ukulele

GB4

Grand Baritone Ukulele

UC4

Concert Ukulele

UT5

5 String Tenor Ukulele

UB4

Baritone Ukulele


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a hui hou ~ until next time



Kevin

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