New. Custom Kotaro Guitars & Ukuleles Tenor Ukulele. An absolutely beautiful ukulele handcrafted on the island of Oahu, HI by master luthier Rob Kurosu.
Born into a military family, Rob spent his early years traveling around the world. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, he was commissioned and served as a pilot in the US Navy before retiring and settling in Hawaii. Still itching for travel and adventure, Rob and his family next sailed the South Pacific on a catamaran and explored New Zealand for a year before finally returning to Kailua. He is a graduate of the prestigious Galloup School of Guitar Building in Big Rapids, Michigan and has extended his passion for luthiery to include handcrafted custom ukuleles in limited numbers to select clientele each year. His work ethic is truly uncompromising with the utmost attention to detail and a sound that parallels the exquisite craftsmanship of each instrument. A remarkable luthier with a passion for perfection, playability, and great tone.
Master grade Hawaiian curly Koa wood face, back and sides, this set of Hawaiian Koa is absolutely gorgeous with traces of color that range from golden brown to reddish-brown to dark browns found in the vertical streaking of the wood, all attesting to the unique visual characteristics of the wood. An elegant dark curly Hawaiian Koa wood binding on the face and back and a matching Hawaiian Koa wood end graft give a subtle contrast to the hues of the body. Ebony wood bound fretboard and headstock provide a regal appeal to the overall theme of the instrument. Side sound port with the sound firing both forward and upwards towards the player for a monitor-like effect. Gorgeous ‘paua’ abalone shell rosette and soundboard purfling add to the beauty of this rare custom ukulele. Accent wood purfling lines on top, back, and sides for added aesthetic appeal. Radiused Gabon ebony wood fingerboard (16′) for ease of play with compensated bone nut and saddle. The radius on the fretboard provides added comfort on the wrist angle, especially at higher positions up on the neck. Abalone shell position markers have been inlaid on the side of the bound fretboard for a top down perspective and quick reference , leaving the fretboard with a clean, elegant appeal. Hawaii-grown Cuban Mahogany wood neck with Bocote wood stringer and truss rod insert for added stability and increased sustain on the instrument. Slotted-headstock with Gabon Ebony wood top veneer and Macassar Ebony wood back veneer and a classic KG or ‘Kotaro Guitars & Ukuleles’ logo inlaid of Hawaiian Koa wood. Premium Waverly machine tuners for smooth and precise tuning. Nitrocellulose high-gloss finish on body with a satin style neck for smooth play up and down the neck.
This instrument is a true pleasure to play and has a wonderful tone. The intonation is set perfectly as well and the ukulele has a nice even and balanced sound up and down the neck with wonderful clarity, articulation, and a nice sweet tone with a classic Hawaiian Koa wood sound. A highly recommended full custom ukulele rarely available on the open market from one of Hawaii’s great ukulele luthiers. ID#210066.