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the dusky rose tenor ukulele

The Dusky Rose Tenor Ukulele

  I'm calling this The Dusky Rose Tenor Ukulele.   The  tenor ukulele is built from a combination of tone woods that I haven't used in the recent past: curly big leaf maple and red cedar.  The Maple speaks for itself. This Maple…
The Vader Tenor Uke

The Vader Tenor Uke

The Vader Tenor Uke was delivered late last year.  I don't usually give my projects names but sometimes it just happens.  It just struck me that way from the start. I do recall that The Force Awakens was showing on the tele about the time…
Hula Hips Ukulele with Rosewood and Engleman Spruce

Hula Hips Ukulele with Rosewood and Engleman Spruce

Here's a Hula Hips Ukulele with Rosewood and Engleman Spruce. The Hula Hips Tenor is a wide body tenor--in other words, a Grand Concert Tenor.  I added a little to the upper bout and 1/2"  to the lower and also lengthened the body by 1/4".…
Custom Tenor Ukulele of Munn Ebony and Adirondak Spruce

Custom Tenor Ukulele of Mun Ebony and Adirondak Spruce

The usual wood request for custom ukulele is Hawaiian Koa but Bob wanted something more traditional in appearance and with more unique woods.  We settled on this Custom Tenor Ukulele with Mun Ebony and Adirondak Spruce. This Mun Ebony came…

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Koa Concert Ukulele

Koa Concert Ukulele

If you have followed my posts for some time you might wonder why I only show tenor ukulele.  Well, the tenor is the most popular model that I make and sell.  But, recently, there have been increasing requests for Koa Concert Ukulele and…

Kimo’s Philosophy

My mission is to produce distinctive instruments that are not only pleasing to the ear but emphasize the natural beauty of the woods used in construction, and to promote that ukulele “fun factor”.

About Kimo Ukulele

I lost part of my heart to the sea and to Hawaii when I first tried surfing at age 13 in Waikiki. It was only a matter of time before I discovered the musical beauty of the Hawaiian culture including slack-key guitar and ukulele. I have always enjoyed designing and building for my personal use–the guitar and ukulele being no exception.

In 1999, I made the decision to initiate this process and was fortunate to enlist the help of master luthier John Greven (www.grevenguitars.com). I was thrilled with the instruments I was able to make and intrigued with the process of construction and the design possibilities.

The journey is far from complete since the variables seem limitless. My focus is to produce distinctive, custom ukuleles that are not only pleasing to the ear but emphasize the natural beauty of the woods of the world that I use in construction and to promote that ukulele “fun factor”.

To that endeavor, most of my builds have simple embellishments that will not detract from this natural beauty. My Aloha is in the hand crafting of each custom ukulele.

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