Preowned. 2019. 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 CS-O 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 each year by master luthier Noa Bonk.
The body is handcrafted with gorgeous Lutz 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. Lutz spruce is found on the eastern slopes of the British Columbia’s coastal mountains and has the size, strength and stiffness of sitka spruce with the texture and luster of Englemann spruce. It is a tremendous tonewood and is characterized with a solid warm note core with wonderful and balanced clarity. The combination of these two outstanding woods makes this instrument quite unique and a joy to play. Instrument grade Madagascar Rosewood fretboard and bridge with a 12″ radius for ease on the wrist angle in the higher positions on the neck, gorgeous curly Hawaiian Koa wood rosette and matching top and back binding and end graft, black-white-black top, back, and side purfling for an elegant appeal in keeping with the theme of a true recording level instrument. Hawaiian curly Koa wood rosette and top and back binding for aesthetic appeal. A Honduras mahogany wood neck for insured stability finished in satin style. Classy Brazilian Rosewood headstock veneer and professional Waverly geared tuners for quick and precise tuning. The instrument also boasts a stylish mother-of-pearl Hāpuʻu, or Hawaiian fern, inlay on the fingerboard and matching mother-of-pearl 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 CS-O 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 wonderful tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available.