This build started out as a Koa instrument but turned into the Mango Madness Tenor Ukulele.
Beautiful Hawaiian Mango Wood.
No complaints here for sure. This Mango Wood I snatched from Kamuela Hardwoods on the Big Island in 2019. Several of the sets showed interesting colors and figure like this set.
Got it all covered here!
For purfling accents instead of the usual Paua Abalone I selected a bluish/turquoise sparkle. This is my third instrument using this material, the first two had only rosettes in sparkle. I think I’m getting the handle on this material. The picture sure doesn’t do it justice. It’s actually the perfect bling, especially against this dark set of Mango.
Bluish/turquoise sparkle purfling and sound hole rosette.
For the neck I am using Limba with a curly mango lamination down the center for contrast. The accent wood is Mappa Burl. All by request of course.
Mappa Burl backstrap and black Gotoh tuners.
Black Gotoh tuners, Indian Rosewood binding, Tourquoise/black purfling accents, Ebony finger board and bridge with blue sparkle fret markers to boot.
Ouch, this is pretty!
My standard strings are Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”. This is a good starting point for any of my instruments. Here we are showcasing the warmth and full sound of Mango Wood. Alternative strings will bring different accents for sure but sustain and volume will remain.
It’s March. No basketball for me, I’d rather play a Mango Madness Tenor Ukulele.