New. (Circa 2018). Custom Kotaro Guitars & Ukuleles Tenor Ukulele. An absolutely beautiful ukulele handcrafted on the island of Oahu, HI by master luthier Rob Kurosu.
Born into a military family, Rob spent his early years traveling around the world. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, he was commissioned and served as a pilot in the US Navy before retiring and settling in Hawaii. Still itching for travel and adventure, Rob and his family next sailed the South Pacific on a catamaran and explored New Zealand for a year before finally returning to Kailua. He is a graduate of the prestigious Galloup School of Guitar Building in Big Rapids, Michigan and has extended his passion for luthiery to include handcrafted custom ukuleles in limited numbers to select clientele each year. His work ethic is truly uncompromising with the utmost attention to detail and a sound that parallels the exquisite craftsmanship of each instrument. A remarkable luthier with a passion for perfection, playability, and great tone.
Beautiful curly Hawaiian Koa wood back and sides with a musicians grade Sitka Spruce soundboard. This combination of Hawaiian Koa and tight-grained Sitka Spruce wood is very popular among some of the world’s top musicians of acoustic guitars and ukuleles. The Hawaiian Koa is absolutely gorgeous with a fiddleback style of curl in the wood and the spruce has some exceptional silking in the wood. An offset Milo wood binding on the face and back with a matching Milo wood end-graft, and an ebony wood bound fretboard provide a subtle but elegant contrast to the overall theme of the instrument. A gorgeous end-grain Padauk wood rosette was used on this classy but elegant ukulele. Subtle black-white-black purfling lines on top, back, and sides for added aesthetic appeal. Side sound port for monitor like experience. Radiused Macassar ebony fingerboard for ease of play with compensated bone nut and saddle. Mother-of-pearl shell position markers have been inlaid on the side of the bound fretboard for a top down perspective. Hawaii-grown Cuban Mahogany wood neck with truss rod insert for added stability and increased sustain on the instrument. Slotted-headstock with Macassar ebony wood top and back veneer with a classic KG or ‘Kotaro Guitars & Ukuleles’ logo inlaid with meticulous care. Premium Waverly machine tuners for smooth and precise tuning. Nitrocellulose high-gloss finish.
This instrument is a true pleasure to play with great tone and projection. The intonation is set perfectly as well and has a nice even and balanced sound with wonderful projection and a full sound. A highly recommended full custom ukulele rarely available on the open market from one of Hawaii’s great ukulele luthiers. ID#:180203