(C.2012). Near Mint. 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 Sitka spruce soundboard and master grade Pacific Coast Myrtle wood, one of North America’s most exotic woods and known for possessing tonal qualities similar to Maple wood – clear and bright with nice projection but slightly more round. Instrument grade ebony wood fretboard and bridge in keeping with the theme of a true recording level instrument. Top and back Ebony wood 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 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. It went virtually unplayed its entire life but does have two small indentations where a small tuner fell on the soundboard. The two very small dimples are the size of a pencil tip below the bridge area and can barely be seen unless under high lighting and can only be found unless you were told they were there. A wonderful tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available.