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Pete Howlett
12-09-2015, 10:55 PM
Although I have stopped importing koa because of the prohibitive shipping and customs charges here is a couple of views of some lovely koa I bought a few years ago from Bob Gleason (Pegasus Guitars). Dry hand bending this stuff was dream and although not an exact rising book match, only achievable with perfect vertical grain quartersawn, this is great stuff :

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/TobinBack_zpsoabydsic.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/TobinBack_zpsoabydsic.jpg.html)

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/TobinFront_zpsy20kcgvx.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/TobinFront_zpsy20kcgvx.jpg.html)

Despite what I used to say and because of a changing shift in perceptions I prefer alternative woods for my all hardwood bodies - Makore and Myrtle being great substitutes for that stunning look. Alternatives to koa are always going to sound different but ultimately as the koa police finally go into retirement there will be a universal acceptance that there can be an alternative to that fabulous traditional wood that grows in Hawaii.

As for me, I am making more spruce top tenors than ever and long may it continue - I have some gorgeous sets of Englemann, Red spruce and Austrian Alpin spruce to keep me going and piles of figured makore and myrtle, walnut and IR, cherry, shedua and Andaman paduak.... Judge for yourself with this super claro walnut on a vita uke....

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj589/HowlettUkulele/KlennerBack_zpsylkhlbat.jpg (http://s1269.photobucket.com/user/HowlettUkulele/media/KlennerBack_zpsylkhlbat.jpg.html)

ksquine
12-10-2015, 07:14 AM
Very pretty woods all around!!