Circa 2016. Preowned. Custom ukuleles by Noa Bonk. 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 CS 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. Each year only a limited number of these instruments are handcrafted by master luthier Noa Bonk.
The body is handcrafted with gorgeous Macassar Ebony wood back and sides with a Sinker Redwood top. Instrument grade Gabon Ebony wood fretboard and bridge. Top and back Hawaiian curly Koa wood binding with abalone shell purfling for aesthetic appeal and complimentary top, back, and side black-white-black purfling lines. Abalone or ‘paua’ shell rosette adds to a classy feel. Slotted headstock for increased sustain with a Honduras mahogany wood neck for insured stability. Gabon Ebony wood headstock veneer and professional Waverly slotted-headstock geared tuners for precise tuning. The instrument also boasts a stylish mother-of-pearl inlay for the position markers and Ko`olau logo on the headstock. 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. Bridge pin set up and button strap on the neck. LR Baggs pick up installed for quick plug and play.
This ukulele was meticulously cared for and did not see much play. There is minor gassing from the glue where the fretboard and the neck meet. It is secure and there is no movement. The blemishes can be seen from the side profile photos of the neck and felt if you slide the palm of your hand down the fretboard. With the upgrade to a slotted headstock, the high grade Waverly tuners, and the LR Baggs pick up, this ukulele would normally cost around $4,650 but we have discounted this for some lucky buyer looking for a great ukulele at a fraction of the cost. Wonderful tones that are clear, crisp, and well projected. Nice deep rich low tones and well balanced mid-range and high tones as well. Excellent projection, sustain, and clarity all the way up the neck. A traditional tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available. ID:#200006