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    I recently had the chance to play an Ko'aloha soprano uke with a koa fretboard and I liked that better than rosewood or ebony. Also, when I look at pictures of vintage Kamaka and other Hawaiian-made ukes, some seem to be all Koa including the neck and fretboard. Are there still any manufacturers or other uke-makers that build traditional all-koa ukes (or at least have a koa fretboard)?

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    What made you prefer the koa fretboard? I have a Kamaka soprano with koa fretboard, it's soft and shows signs of wear quickly. I've also seen vintage Kamaka ukuleles with really worn out koa fretboards (finger indentions).
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    I have a 2015 KoAloha that is all Koa, however I know they have gone away from that. I don't know of any company that makes all Koa ukes anymore, however, I am sure you could contact a luthier and they might make one to your specifications. The 16" Ono I just had made has an all Koa body and neck. I went with ebony for the fretboard, but the beauty of having a custom built is that you can get it made to your specifications.
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    My concerns with an all koa uke is that the fretboard may not be dense enough and will wear quickly and that the neck would be heavier than it needs be.
    Chuck Moore
    Moore Bettah Ukuleles
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    Big Island with their Traditional Series is all Koa (AFAIK)

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    Doesn't Ohana have an all koa retro model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaineUke View Post
    Big Island with their Traditional Series is all Koa (AFAIK)
    These are gorgeous, but all have mahogany neck with rosewood or ebony fretboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepetergal View Post
    Doesn't Ohana have an all koa retro model?
    Thanks, I found a "vintage" series, but they are all Mahogany.

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