Entries by Kimo Ukulele

Curly Curly Koa Super Tenor Ukulele

I’m trying to keep at least one all Koa instrument in the build schedule now at all times.  This is another “builders choice” that just got snatched up for a Christmas gift.  This is the Curly Curly Koa Super Tenor Ukulele.  I think I could have called this the Triple H Uke (for Hawaiian) as […]

Claro Walnut and Cedar Tenor Ukulele

Another week and another uke.  This is the Claro Walnut and Cedar Tenor Ukulele.   The Story Well, this build was a request by a talented young violinist in the area.  He definitely had a vision in mind for the ukulele since it didn’t really take that long for him to make his wood selections.  […]

Hoe Wa’a Koa Tenor Ukulele

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. The Woods Body:  Curly Koa custom picked by client.  After looking at at least a dozen sets this is the one that “spoke to him”. Neck:  […]

Sweet Mango Tenor Ukulele

This is the Sweet Mango Tenor Ukulele. It’s all about the wood Body:  Figured, colored, spalted, everything Hawaiian Mango. Neck:  Figured African Limba with Mango lamination. Carbon fiber truss rod, of course. Accent Woods:  Hawaiian Mango. Binding:  India Rosewood with blue/black purfling. Fret Board and Bridge:  chocolate brown Munn Ebony. The rest of the build […]

Curly Koa Standard Tenor Ukulele

I think I’m developing a decent eye for Koa although some new clients may be reluctant to take my advice.  Here’s a new instrument made from a set that I’m sure I’ve suggested to prosepective clients at least half a dozen times with no takers.  This is the Curly Koa Standard Tenor Ukulele. The Woods […]

Sinker Redwood and The Tree Tenor Ukulele

This is the Sinker Redwood and The Tree Tenor Ukulele. The Woods Soundboard:  This is the second of my ” TheTree” experiments.  On the first I used Swiss Moon Spruce as the sound board.  For this one, I selected a Sinker Redwood for the top.   It looks like I didn’t sand the top well but […]

The Pohaku Tenor Ukulele

This is The Pohaku Tenor Ukulele. It’s all about the wood The body and sound board:  all curly Koa. The Binding:  all curly Koa with sea foam green and black fiber purfling. The Accent Woods and Rosette:  all curly Koa. The Neck:  OK–Honduran Mahogany. Fret Board and Bridge:  African Ebony species. The rest of the build […]

Bloodwood and Ancient Spruce Concert Ukulele

This is the “little sister” to the Classy Long Neck Concert Ukulele I posted last month.  This is the Bloodwood and Ancient Spruce Concert Ukulele. The Woods Body:  Central American Bloodwood.  Now here’s a new one for me used as a body wood.  I like it for fingerboards, kinda like it for binding, but not […]

The Jungle Beast Tenor Ukulele

Had to do it!  The latest out of the shop is The Jungle Beast Tenor Ukulele. This is the kind of instrument I build for myself.  It’s all about the wood baby! The Woods Body:  Fresh, or maybe not so fresh, out of the jungles of Honduras is this eclectic set of  “Jaguar Scratch” Mahogany.  […]

Blond and Blue Tenor Ukulele

This is my latest “Builder’s Choice” instrument.  I’m calling it the Blond and Blue Tenor Ukulele.  This is a standard tenor shape.   The Woods Back and Sides:  Central American  Primavera.  This is a new wood for me.  I’ve been intrigued since I first saw it about 15 years ago.  This is the first time, […]