We have here an extremely rare opportunity to own a pre-loved Howlett Tenor. The original owner clearly treasured this instrument and the finish is close to immaculate. The instrument needed a restring upon arrival and a clean up on the fretboard but I see no evidence of hard strumming on the body and the back on this particular Uke is gorgeous - definitely one you would remember. The original owner purchased the Ukulele from Pete directly about two years ago (its a 2017 serial).
Of the woods that Pete is using these days, Korina is the most similar in tone to Koa. Beautiful sparkly highs and a nice shimmering sustain, so strumming has the Hawaiian tinge to the sound, whilst picking comes out lovely and crisp, with plenty of definition. The personal soundhole offers the player a really clear view on their sound as well. There's no fudging anything when playing one of these!
Korina has the most lovely greenish tint to the wood as well, making it very unique in that respect, and has a very interesting grain pattern with prominent dark and white striping running through it. It looks a bit like the cheaper Pacific Walnut instruments made by some brands in the East at the moment but do not be confused - this is all solid hard tonewood. It grows tall and straight, and in plentiful supply in its native Africa, and is not on any list of threatened species owing to careful management of stocks in the past, as well as now.
For a sustainable alternative to Koa, but without any kind of compromise on the sound, then this has to be on your shortlist.
Solid Black Line Korina top, back and sides
Tazmanian Blackwood fretboard and bridge
Corian nut and saddle
Der Jung tuners
65mm deep body
431mm scale length
36mm Nut width
10mm spacing at nut 40mm spacing at bridge
Matt Cellulose Finish
Fitted with AnueNue AS-BWT High G Tenor strings
Personal soundhole on upper bout