Suzie ordered a baritone koa ukulele. Nothing fancy she said, no pick-up, no glitz. OK, I put strings on this instrument this weekend and, although I have not finished final adjustment, I have totally fallen in love with this instrument. Here I have used a 4A curly koa with East India Rosewood binding. The neck is African mahogany and the accents are Oregon curly maple. I used Gotoh mini, closed, upgrade tuners from my friend Asa at Hana Lima’Ia and the strings are D’Addario Titanium. I just love the depth and sustain that these little instruments provide–definitely a transition instrument for the guitar player. Suzie did not want to convert to GCEA tuning so I tried to keep this as close as possible to guitar sound and feel as possible. I could definitely slack to “G” tuning and play my favorite slack key favorites. So nahenahe. OMG!