Hoe Wa’a Koa Tenor Ukulele - Custom Build-Sold
You might suspect a theme here. This is the second tenor ukulele for my paddling brahs up in the Bay Area. This is the Hoe Wa’a Koa Tenor Ukulele.
Body: Curly Koa custom picked by client. After looking at at least a dozen sets this is the one that “spoke to him”.
Neck: Honduran Mahogany with Koa/red fiber lamination.
Accent Woods: Hawaiian Mango.
Binding and Purfling: India Rosewood with red/black fiber and Pink “Heart” Abalone.
The Rest of the Build
Laser Cuts: Old English initials on the Headstock and 0C-1 paddler on the sound board. If the laser cuts aren’t too deep and placed appropriately they can be a nice addition. This one placed above the bridge allows for decent size without interfering with sound board adjustments.
Finger Board and Bridge: Amazon Rosewood.
Nut and Saddle: unbleached bone.
Strings: Pepe Romero flourocarbon with wound low “G”.
Tuners: Gotoh UPT
Case: Flaming Red Crossrock Fiberglass .
The Sweet Mango Tenor Ukulele and this instrument left for the north country at the same time. Fortunately I was able to do a sound comparison on the two very different materials used for the instruments. As expected the Mango Uke was a touch warmer than the Koa–the Koa Uke a little brighter. Individually, each instrument has very good presence and definitely fit the bill in volume, sustain, and tonal quality. No complaints here. Sometimes I don’t have the strings on long enough to fully set before they leave. I expect improvements within a week or so.
The Hoe Wa’a Koa Tenor Ukulele should make for some nice after paddle mele.