I’m thinking of all the Bear, Bare and Beer jokes I could use here. OK, guess not! This is the Bear Koa Tenor Ukulele now at Hale Ukulele.
Bear Claw Soundboard
This is a standard tenor shape with a subtle curl Koa back and sides and a subtle Bear Claw Spruce soundboard.
Subtle curl Koa back and sides
I’m doing more traditional soundboard ukes this year. Originally, I was reluctant to do many of these traditional tops primarily because most ukulele owners wanted the all Koa look. When I changed my bracing pattern to the modified “X” I decided these instruments produced excellent tone and clarity without being overly tight.
Blue Paua Abalone Purfling
Of course, not happy with the straight grain look, I have to use some of my Spruce Bear Claw stash. To spark it up, I added blue abalone purfling and sound hole rosette.
Brown Mallee Burl Backstrap
That’s brown Australian Mallee Burl for accents. I put it on the top of the headstock as well.