More Koa and More Ukulele - Sold

Hopefully, I haven’t gone too far with this new instrument. Or maybe, not far enough. This is the More Koa and More Ukulele.

more koa and more ukulele

Tiger strip curly koa?

For starters I am using an interesting set of curly Koa.  The curl looks a bit like tiger stripes to me.  It’s very “woodsy”.

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It’s a “woodsy” koa look for sure.

I actually used koa in all the visual locations with the exception of the Honduran neck.  The rosette, the binding, the accent pieces are all various koa looks.

more koa and more ukulele

Curly koa binding, and rosette with red/black accents.

I accented all with red and black fiber purfling.  It’s still all about the wood.

more koa and more ukulele

It’s Thuja burl.

But wait, there’s more:  I just couldn’t help myself with this new look in fret board and bridge.  I picked up some finger board sized Thuja burl pieces at local Tropical Exotic Hardwoods.   This is more commonly known as Cedar of Lebanon and is considered a biblical wood.  Not a true cedar and definitely grown in some inclimate environment which may account for it’s hardness and tendency to not grow straight.  It’s not as hard as your usual fingerboard material but not soft either.  I just had to do it. The odor of the fresh cut wood is exotic, but unfortunately obscured by finish.  Gee, burl eyes for fret board markers, what a concept?

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Just another look.

I also experimented with a slightly new bridge design for the super tenor shape.  I think it will become a standard.

The usual Pepe Romero strings, bone nut and saddle and Gotoh tuners finish out the build.  Case included.

More, more and more this More Koa and More Ukulele. It sounds delish!