Here’s the third and the last of the latest series of tenor ukuleles delivered last month. This is The Corky Tenor Ukulele.
Vintage style rope purfling accents
Each set of Koa wood used for these instruments exhibits a unique appearance. I try my best not to duplicate the sets just so that each instrument is a one-of-a-kind. The girls had a really difficult time trying to decide which wood they wanted for their ukulele. Hey, that’s why I make them. I honestly can’t make a decision either.
Chocolate brown compression curl Koa
Corky asked for a couple of Larry Robinson’s Honu on the instrument and we complied with one on the upper bout and one on the head stock. This Honu was cut from bronze mother-of-pearl and paua abalone shell. She also asked for a vintage rope-style binding and back strip with green and black purfling accents. Very precise in her order. Of course, the hardest part was picking the wood.
Honu peg head inlay
All three of these instruments sounded great. Minor tonal differences, of course, but not sufficient for anyone to say that one sounded better than the other. I tried to keep the builds similar with accent woods, and fretboards as well to minimize the potential variations. All three were strung with Pepe Romero low “G” flourocarbon strings. I just let the Koa speak for itself.