Hawaiian Concert Cutie Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold

This is the latest out of the shop, a Hawaiian Concert Cutie Ukulele–with an Icelandic flair.

hawaiian concert cutie ukulele

Curly Koa and curly Koa.

The Woods

It is build with Koa.  Koa, and more Koa.

hawaiian concert cutie ukulele

Multi-colored curly koa body

It’s a long neck concert with a Tasmanian Blackwood neck. This blackwood is bit on the curly side; and, is it hard to shape–at least this particular stock.  Much harder than Koa I believe.

Tasmanian blackwood neck.

We were looking for something a little different for the fret board and bridge, and Bloodwood filled the bill.  I haven’t used bloodwood for many, many years but I really like the way it compliments this build.  Actually, I haven’t seen much bloodwood for sale for a long time.  This material is probably from Mexico since my local source is Tropical Hardwoods in Carlsbad and they feature a lot of wood from Central America.  Most of their stock is dry, quarter sawn and has good red color.  The color does not fade and the wood has a pleasing chatoyance that most of the other bridge materials lack.

The Accents


hawaiian concert cutie ukulele

India Rosewood binding with red/black purfling accents.

A red/black purfling and India Rosewood go well with the bloodwood.


Icelandic Vegvisir laser cut head stock.

The specialty accent on the head stock is a laser cut Icelandic Vegvisir or Icelandic Compass.  It is said you’ll never lose your way when you come across this visual aid.

Lotsa nice Koa curl Brah!

Lastly are Hi-G Strings.  A new combo for me is Yo-Zuri Top Knot Leader material. The string diameters are smallish and about the same as the Worth Clear that I used 10 years ago.  They are extremely bright, and I can possibly see a variety of combinations using this material in the future. The owner’s other uke is a Super Tenor with Romero Low-G’s which gives him good tonal variety in instruments.

Mi-Si amplification, Gotoh tuners and a nice blue Crossrock case finish the build.

A Hawaiian Concert Cutie Ukulele–with an Icelandic flair.  Bestu kveojur!