Entries by Kimo Ukulele

Myrtle and Walnut Tenor Ukulele

This alternative wood ukulele is now at Hale Ukulele in San Diego.   The Myrtle and Walnut Tenor Ukulele uses some of my favorite non-Hawaiian woods:  Oregon Myrtle and Oregon Bastogne Walnut.   Myrtle is unique to southern Oregon or Northern California while Bastogne Walnut is found primarily in Oregon’s Willamette valley.  Both exhibit great color variations […]

Jaguar Scratch Mahogany Guilele

Guilele or maybe just a parlor size classical guitar? Here’s my first 6 string baritone ukulele–the Jaguar Scratch Mahogany Guilele. The back sides of this instrument are made from a special set of Honduran Mahogany with a figure that has been described as jaguar scratch–the Honduran version of bearclaw figure.  Some vendors  also describe it […]

Cutaway Koa Super Tenor Ukulele

Len from Hawaii, talked me into making a cutaway ukulele for him.  Here’s the result, the Cutaway Koa Super Tenor Ukulele. Len picked this particular set of Koa wood for his instrument–compression curl with Koa blonds and reddish browns. In addition the the red heart abalone back strip I also made the lower bout graft […]


Mango and Pineapple Tenor Ukulele

I just love these instruments made from mango wood.  Here is a new delivery to Hale Ukulele–the Mango and Pineapple Tenor Ukulele. The wood is nice and curly but I really love the golds offset with the blacks in this particular set of mango.  Low density Mango really responds well to nylon string low tension […]

Super Bearclaw and Koa Tenor Ukulele

Here’s a an example of what I have been making a lot of this year.   There have been a more requests for conventional tonewood sound boards.  This is the super tenor Super Bearclaw and Koa Tenor Ukulele. If you follow my posts you know that I favor any wood that isn’t quite normal looking–I’d like […]

New All Koa Super Tenor Ukulele

Here’s a New All Koa Super Tenor Ukulele that I just delivered to Hale Ukulele Saturday. If you like Koa ukes then I think you will like this one a lot.  It feels good, looks good and sounds good.  This particular set of koa exhibits warm chocolate colors  and multiple figures of curl, quilt and […]


Myrtle and Black Walnut Ukulele

One of my favorite ukulele woods is Black Walnut.  This particular set of wood is from Oregon and is a variation or hybrid of the standard.  This variation is a lower density wood than Claro Walnut.  For a sound board, I have paired the black walnut with a blond, curly Oregon Myrtle.  This is the […]

Koa Super Tenor Ukulele

Just out the door is this Koa Super Tenor Ukulele.   This instrument is one of the first that I have constructed using my super tenor shape.  The shape is reminiscent of the guitar “J” models with a rounded lower bout.   I added another 1/8″ to the depth of the body which now measures 3 1/4″ […]

Spalted Koa Baritone Ukulele

No fancy names this time.  Here is a new Spalted Koa Baritone Ukulele going out this week. This instrument is made from the same billet of koa that the San Franciso Dream Ukulele is made from.  It’s the big brother. Besides the size and tuning differences, I made a triple-ply stringer for the domestic black […]

San Francisco Dream Ukulele

This was always referred to as the San Francisco Dream Ukulele, but I like to call it the Tree of Gondor ukulele.  There isn’t anything on this ukulele that would remind one of San Francisco.    Maybe Alcatraz or the San Francisco Bay Bridge on the head stock would have been appropriate!  This is a […]