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Patchenu
11-17-2016, 01:40 PM
All,
I was looking at some alternative Hawaiian woods for a custom build and while I've seen and heard ukuleles with Milo, Ash and others, I hadn't really heard of a ukulele that used Kou Wood. I saw on Instragram that Ko'olou is building an ukulele using Kou wood and I did a search here to find out more but I didn't find anything. I also searched google and I found one sound sample of an ukulele that was an Ono concert 16" from HMS. Does anyone own a Kou wood ukulele? The wood looks amazing but I would like some references to the sound if I can get some.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Hanks
11-17-2016, 03:02 PM
This one claims to be in SoCal - maybe you can tell us!
http://www.vietstrings.com/ukuleles/kou-viet-concert-ukulele-inlayed-headstock.html

Kekani
11-17-2016, 04:54 PM
While this vid is more for the builders, it is using Kou as an example. Just so happens, the guy holding the camera built one with a set. And I have a bunch drying at KoAloha that I need to pickup someday . . .

Personally, I wouldn't consider Kou, Milo (and Kamani) an "alternative" Hawaiian wood. They hold more value to me than Koa, and I try to save those set for, well, builds that are not "everyday".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEPCP1IxRBw

UkieOkie
11-17-2016, 05:04 PM
Kekani, correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it a light wood. Less dense than Koa or mahogany?

saltytri
11-17-2016, 09:00 PM
This one claims to be in SoCal - maybe you can tell us!
http://www.vietstrings.com/ukuleles/kou-viet-concert-ukulele-inlayed-headstock.html

Having built with kou, I am quite certain that this one isn't kou. Sure looks like koa to me.

mm stan
11-18-2016, 01:14 AM
Isn't kou softer but yet more durable flexible a characteristic they have? And a evergreen species used more in the
Past for other projects than ukuleles?

mm stan
11-18-2016, 01:23 AM
http://www.nelsonwood.com/kou.html

saltytri
11-18-2016, 06:39 AM
Take a look at page 3, paragraph 3 for an interesting reference to kou:

http://ukulele.space/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=pdf:mat:1915_santos_nunes.pdf

saltytri
11-18-2016, 06:43 AM
Here's what kou looks like:

http://www.theukulelesite.com/ono-custom-spruce-kou-16-scale-concert.html

mm stan
11-18-2016, 03:52 PM
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Mezcalero
11-18-2016, 04:04 PM
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Is that a museum piece? Interesting strap button on the headstock. . .

Michael N.
11-18-2016, 10:41 PM
Here's what kou looks like:

http://www.theukulelesite.com/ono-custom-spruce-kou-16-scale-concert.html

If that didn't have the Kou description I'd have sworn that the back/sides were made of walnut. I use walnut a lot and have seen pieces that appear extremely similar to that, colour, grain, even the figure.
European and lighter weight American black walnuts can be a shoe in for Koa - the density range is very similar, in fact it can be exactly the same. Don't know about this kou, I can't find any timber properties for it, it's not even listed on the Wood Database website.

mm stan
11-19-2016, 02:36 AM
Looks like one of Keith's. . .
Aloha Aaron, yup it will be at the show this weekend hopefully. Yes you got a good eye and knowledge of
All the other luthiers. :) Yes it's Keith Maile Kou tenor

Patchenu
11-20-2016, 12:41 PM
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A couple pics of Keith's
Ukulele

Osprey
11-21-2016, 03:03 AM
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A couple pics of Keith's
Ukulele
Wow, that is beautiful wood!