Curly Koa and Myrtle Custom Ukulele
Hey you all! Here is a just-finished build using some of my new quilty-curly, Hawaiian Koa. I think this may be my favorite appearance in Koa.
I did not have a matching top so I made the executive decision to use an Oregon Myrtle sound board which had similar curl and figure but with lighter but complimentary color.
The densities of these different woods is almost the same so the tonal qualities of the instrument are very similar to a Koa/Koa build. The neck is Honduran Mahogany, the binding is India Rosewood, the accent wood is a lighter colored curly Hawaiian Koa, and the bridge and finger board are West African Ebony species.
To complete this custom ukulele, I used Gotoh planetary tuners and GHS flourocarbon strings using Sarah’s low “G”. No rules in custom ukulele–I’m having too much fun!