Live Performance with Paul Iinuma
(C.2012). 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 master grade 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 in keeping with the theme of a true recording level instrument. Top and back Ebony wood binding for aesthetic appeal with elegant top purfling lines on soundboard. Slotted headstock for increased sustain with a Honduras mahogany wood neck for insured stability. Classy ebony wood headstock veneer and upgrade to professional Waverly 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. Satin 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. Rare cutaway model. Factory installed passive pick up for quick plug and 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.
A traditional tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available.