I guess that my Custom Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele are not just a flukes. Here’s a custom requested super tenor done in three different Koa’s.
Mmmmm! Chocolate, curly koa sound board.
The Sound Board is the last piece of dark, chocolate, curly koa I received from Allied Lutherie about 5 years ago (salvage of course). The matching back and sides of this set I reluctantly used for Canada Simon’s Uke.
Compression curl Koa back and sides.
But wait! Jim wanted something different for the Back and Sides to compliment the look so he picked this unique, blondish, compression koa set from Hearne Hardwoods to use as a back and sides and as a radical departure in look from the chocolate colored sound board.
Every angle a treat for the eyes.
Look #3 is a medium colored curly koa binding.
Camphor burl backstrap.
The Accent Woods are the last of my Camphor Burl wood that looks a lot like the “Tree” mahogany–a perfect match for these brown tones. Gotoh open back “guitar-style” tuners, mahogany neck, Munn Ebony finger board and bridge, Pepe Romero flourocarbon strings with low “G” and a Crossrock ABS case round out the build.
Everyone always asks about the sound: Jim already has a great sounding 4 year old standard Kimo Koa Tenor ukulele. The super size, which is not that much bigger in dimensionally, adds enough volume to up the presence and resonance of the instrument a tad more. The shape also places the bridge into a slightly more favorable position in the sound board for sound production and volume. Check out almost any guitar. Until I get some decent recording equipment, I’ve found that “sound bytes” on the phone just don’t provide suitable samples.
Custom Koa Mix Tenor Ukulele–custom request of course!