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11-09-2018, 06:01 AM
I am looking at one of the Kiwaya soprano ukuleles. I am looking at solid wood. My question is about the sound difference between mahogany and koa. Is there a lot of difference? It is difficult to get definitive sound samples since there are no stores in my area. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks-Ray

11-09-2018, 06:22 AM
This might be helpful


11-09-2018, 07:06 AM
Thanks for this! I think I’m a mahogany guy.

Croaky Keith
11-09-2018, 07:52 AM
Mahogany is a safe bet, as is cedar, if you like a more mellow sound, whilst acacia, koa, & spruce are slightly brighter.

I have 3x mahogany, 2x acacia, & 1x spruce, all solid wood ukes, & I mainly prefer them in that order. :)

Joyful Uke
11-09-2018, 11:10 AM
This might be helpful


Good video. Thanks for sharing that.

I then watched the video on strings, and thought that was very good, too, (though off topic here. Sorry.)


11-09-2018, 09:46 PM
Talking of woods and strings, I am personally looking forward to stringing my mahogany long neck soprano with some brigther strings.

Trying different strings on my tasmanian blackwood (akacia) concert, I have taken a liking to Worth Browns, which mellows the akacia "jangle" and turns it into a rich warm tone. When I wanted to upgrade the Aquilas my Mahogany uke, I put those on that too, but I think it becomes too mellow. I bougth some Worth Clear to try on it, courious if that works better.

Anybody else prefer bright strings on mellow woods and vice versa?

Croaky Keith
11-09-2018, 10:08 PM
I like Living Water concert strings on my ukes, mahogany, acacia, & my one spruce all have them, all in low G.

I have my Kala L/N soprano with some other flouros, possibly Worths, (took them off my Opio L/N concert), for the occasional strumming re entrant.

11-10-2018, 12:07 AM
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11-10-2018, 01:12 AM
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Yeah, me too. I wonder if UU got hacked? Any how, the two woods do sound different with different sizes of ukulele. For what it's worth I like the sound of mahogany sopranos and koa tenors. The jury is still out on concerts.

11-10-2018, 01:47 AM
Mahogany smells nicer........but cedar is best:p