Wow, wow, wow. Stunning on the ears and the eyes, this Special Issue KoAloha has looks and sound unlike anything else I have come across. The Port Orford Cedar (Cypress family) on the top is very tight and straight grained, which is why indigienous Americans used it to make bows and arrows. It has a very unique tonal response, simultaneously clean and clear, and full and smooth at the same time. Very clever stuff! The tight, close and straight grain here is key - this beauty sounds so marvellous for the same reason that Stradivarius violins do!
The Purple Heart on the back and sides doesn't just look sensational, but adds to the depth of the tone and projection of the sound. Honestly, we've tried to get this uke to sound bad and we just can't. Low down, high up, it has the perfect presence; strummed, picked or simply gawped at it never disappoints.
So, enough of my enthusiastic ramblings. This is one of a very limited run of 12 long neck concerts and 12 tenors, and we've been lucky enough to snag one of each. You simply won't find another uke which looks and sounds quite like this one - and which will retain its value over the years owing to its uniqueness and character.
Tenor scale neck on concert body
Port Orford Cedar top
Purple Heart back and sides
Koa Binding to body and fretboard
Macassar Ebony fretboard and bridge
Abalone fret markers & inlay
Worth CT strings
Geared machine heads
20 fret neck, 15 to body
NuBone nut and saddle
Free pod case included