Our Story

Our Story

“The inspiration came from the Hawaiian Lap Steel. The bluesy, sweet melodious sound that can only be felt here in Hawai’i. Matthew Nigro, musician and Master Luthier, also Co-founder of Iseman Guitars and Instruments started building handmade Hawaiian Lap Steel’s & Ukulele’s in Kaka’ako District of Honolulu, Hawai’i in 2011. Using Mostly High Grade ‘fallen’ Koa as his source of material, he used traditional methods of constructing instruments that really transformed the sound and tone of the instruments, and made the instruments internationally known.  Matthew Nigro has since developed Kaka’ako Instruments, which offers that same development and constructing process, but at a very affordable cost.  All instruments are specially designed & handled by the company’s own Matthew Nigro.  All instruments are assembled overseas to our specific design, finish and setup by our master luthiers. They are then shipped to our shop in Honolulu where we finish the process. Your Ukulele and Lap Steel guitar will undergo a series of tests and process that ensures a functional (fully set up, intonated, fret filed) and specially handled by luthier, Matthew Nigro. You will get a professional sounding instrument with beautiful aesthetics that will be sure to captivate any audience. ”

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