L.Luthier Le Koa Tenor Electro Ukulele Solid Formosan Koa in gigbag #1
I scratching my head here trying to remember when I had to describe such a good value for money instrument as this koa electro tenor ukulele. L.Luthier are a Malaysian brand, which manufactures their instruments in China - but, think aNueNue Moonbird build quality and finish, for literally half the price!
This electro ukulele model, the le koa, is made of top quality formosan koa (Pacific Islands acacia) all round. This koa, much like Hawaiian koa is beloved of so many for that wonderful chiming mid range, and the warmth and clarity of the sound. Unlike some other koa ukes which can sound a bit reserved, this is a lovely, resonant ukulele. The sound just leaps out at you - not just through the innovative soundboard soundhole, but through the personal soundhole as well. It is a really lovely instrument to hold and play.
The choice of woods only really goes so far towards the performance of any instrument. It would have been easy for this uke to be overbuilt and quiet, but it is the opposite. The first shipment we had of these contained 3 tenors, which sold in the shop literally as we were unboxing them! All 3 customers were all attracted first to the looks, but then fell in love with the feel, playability and the sound. A lot of credit has to go to the builders and designers at L.Luthier, who have made a brilliant instrument, which has both style and substance.
The pickup system is extremely capable too. With any piezo/mic blend system, you will find that mixing in too much of the mic can lead to distortion, but mix in around 1/3 and it adds a depth and realism to your sound which is just gorgeous.
Highly recommended! Pictures show actual instrument you will receive.
Solid formosan koa top, back and sides
Bone nut and saddle
Der Jung DJ326UAB-D6 open back aged look tuners
Savarez 150R clear fluorocarbon high G strings
37mm nut width with 28mm G to A string spacing
431mm scale length
Flamed maple binding
High gloss finish
Satin finish to neck
Premium L.Luthier gig bag
LU active pickup with condenser mic/piezo blend
255mm across bottom bout
74mm body depth