(C.2012). Custom ukuleles by Ko’olau Ukulele company. Absolutely stunning Custom Ko’olau Tenor Ukulele handcrafted here on the island of Oahu by one of Hawaii’s foremost luthiers, Noa Bonk.
This custom Ko`olau tenor ukulele is the Deluxe model by designation with all the added amenities that really lends itself to being both aesthetically pleasing and a wonderful player and recording level ukulele. Only a handful of these premium models are handcrafted by master luthier Noa Bonk.
The body is handcrafted with gorgeous Cedar soundboard and master grade Pacific Northwestern Walnut wood, one of North America’s most frequently overlooked woods for the ukulele but a truly wonderful wood that is considered a midrange tonewood that offers exceptional warmth. In conjunction with the warmth of the Cedar this ukulele is excellent for fingerpicking styles although it plays beautifully when strummed as well. Instrument grade East-Indian wood fretboard and bridge in keeping with the theme of a true recording level instrument. Hawaiian Koa wood top and back binding for aesthetic appeal with elegant top and side purfling lines. A Honduras mahogany wood neck for insured stability. Classy ebony wood headstock veneer and professional Gotoh geared tuners for quick and precise tuning. The instrument also boasts a stylish mother-of-pearl inlay for the Ko’olau logo on the headstock. High gloss finish on body and 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.
Tonally, this beautiful Custom Ko’olau Deluxe Tenor Ukulele is a true recording-level instrument with a well balanced mid-range and warmth. Wonderful clarity, sustain, and projection all the way up the neck. Some minor surface scuffs and dings on the soundboard that can only be seen under high lighting. A wonderful tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available.