Circa 2017. Custom ukuleles by Ko’olau Ukulele company. Absolutely stunning Custom Ko`olau Tenor Ukulele – 20th Anniversary model handcrafted here on the island of Oahu by one of Hawaii’s foremost luthiers, Noa Bonk.
This custom Ko`olau tenor ukulele is a special series 20th Anniversary model by designation with an appeal to the natural beauty of the woods. A special ‘Ulu’ or breadfruit has been inlaid of Hawaiian Koa wood in to the fretboard, which lends itself to being both aesthetically pleasing and a wonderful recording level ukulele. Only a handful of these 20th Anniversary models have been handcrafted by master luthier Noa Bonk.
The body is handcrafted with gorgeous master grade Hawaii-grown curly Koa wood face, back, and sides. Koa wood is amongst the most prized woods aesthetically and tonally in the world and is used by luthiers on the finest ukuleles and guitars. Instrument grade ebony wood fretboard and bridge in keeping with the earthy theme and natural beauty of the instrument. Elegant paua or abalone shell rosette and a 12″ radius on the fingerboard for smooth and easy play higher up on the neck. Slotted headstock for increased sustain with a Honduras mahogany wood neck for insured stability. Classy ebony wood headstock veneer and professional Waverly slotted-headstock geared tuners with custom Koa wood buttons for precise tuning. The instrument also boasts a stylish mother-of-pearl inlay for the Ko`olau logo on the headstock and a pin bridge set up. Mirror-like high gloss finish on body with satin style finish on the neck allows for the player’s hands to move freely up and down the neck without concern of ‘sticking’ as you play. LR Baggs 5.0 active pick up installed for quick plug and play.
Tonally, this beautiful Custom Ko’olau Deluxe Tenor Ukulele is a true recording-level instrument with nice deep rich low tones and well balanced mid-range and high tones as well. Wonderful clarity, sustain, and projection all the way up the neck. A wonderful and rare celebratory custom ukulele from one of Hawaii’s most foremost luthiers, Noa Bonk of Ko’olau Ukuleles.