Circa 2022. 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 beautiful ukulele comes complete with all the added amenities that really lends itself to being both aesthetically pleasing and a wonderful recording level ukulele. Only a handful of these premium models are handcrafted each year and this instrument is exceptional in its tonal offerings.
A Ko’olau CS by designation, this model has a more rounded body shape and a radiused fretboard. This beautiful Custom Ko’olau CS Tenor Ukulele is crafted with a master grade set of Macassar Ebony wood on the back and sides and a musicians’ grade Port Orford Cedar soundboard – giving the ukulele a very sweet and full-bodied sound. Instrument grade Gabon ebony wood headstock plate, fretboard, and bridge with a 12″ radius for ease on the wrist angle in the higher positions on the neck. The radius also makes fretting bar chords much easier for the player. Gorgeous dark curly Hawaiian Koa wood top and back binding. Black-blue-black-blue-black top purfling with a black-blue-black side and back purfling for an elegant appeal in keeping with the theme of this elegant and functional recording level instrument. A Honduran mahogany wood neck for insured stability finished in satin style and professional Gotoh open-geared tuners for quick and precise tuning. The instrument also boasts a stylish 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. A black button has been installed on the side of the neck for a shoulder strap and an Anuenue Air-Air pick up has been installed for quick plug and play.
Tonally, this beautiful Custom Ko’olau CS Tenor Ukulele is a true recording-level instrument with a well-rounded sound and deep lows with crisp and clear highs. Great clarity and a wealth of 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. ID#230037.