Live Performance with Neal Chin
(C.2017). 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 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 Sitka 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. Instrument grade ebony wood fretboard and bridge in keeping with the theme of a true recording level instrument. Slight radius on the fingerboard for added comfort and ease of play in higher positions up on the neck. Hawaiian curly Koa wood rosette and top and back binding for aesthetic appeal with elegant top and side black-blue-black purfling lines. A Honduras mahogany wood neck for insured stability. Classy Hawaiian curly Koa wood headstock veneer and professional Waverly geared tuners for quick and precise tuning. Slotted headstock design. The instrument also boasts a stylish mother-of-pearl inlay for the 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 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 wonderful tone that rings true “Hawaii” with every strum and a custom piece that is rarely available.