Custom ukuleles by Ko’olau Ukulele Company. Absolutely stunning New Custom Ko`olau Tenor Ukulele handcrafted here on the island of Oahu by two of Hawaii’s foremost luthiers, John Kitakis and his son Noa Bonk.
This custom Ko`olau tenor ukulele is the CS-SP 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 roughly 8-10 pieces, on estimate, are handcrafted by master luthiers John and Noa Bonk.
The body is handcrafted with gorgeous and extremely rare 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 with slight radius on fretboard for ease of wrist angle and added comfort. The fretboard is also ebony bound for smooth play up and down the neck. Top and back Ebony wood binding for aesthetic appeal with gorgeous abalone ‘paua’ shell purfling on soundboard and complimentary top and side 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. Hawaiian curly Koa wood headstock veneer and professional Gotoh slotted-headstock geared tuners for precise tuning. The instrument also boasts a stylish mother-of-pearl inlay for the 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.
Tonally, this beautiful Custom Ko’olau CS-SP 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 traditional tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available.