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″ in the lower bout.  It might sound thick but, in my opinion, it doesn’t look or feel too big.  The additional volume has improved even more the instrument tonal qualities and sustain.  I’m still working on that easy playing, finger-style instrument concept.

koa super tenor ukulele

Dark curly koa wood


I used some of my super curly, dark Koa wood from Hearne Hardwoods.  Hearne sent me few sets that were similar in appearance and they have been very well received.  There might be a set or two left but I’m not sure.

koa super tenor ukulele

The back looks as good as the front

This instrument was embellished with a blue paua abalone rosettte and purfling with turquoise/black fiber colored accents. I’m trying various plumeria flower looks for fret board inlay and this instrument has all three flowers in paua abalone.

koa super tenor ukulele

Plumeria flowers and purfling accents in paua abalaone.

The accent wood is red Australian Mallee Burl–always a nice look.

koa super tenor ukulele

Red Australian Mallee Burl accents.

That’s it for this week–the July Koa Super Tenor Ukulele.