View Full Version : Beautiful Custom "Black Koa" Sonny D Tenor ON FIRE Model

01-25-2019, 03:42 PM
This model is extremely rare, there have been less than a handful made. A similar Curly Black Koa ON FIRE model has been featured on the cover of Ka'au Crater Boy's Album "ON FIRE" featuring Troy Fernandez playing it. This ukulele shape is one of the most desirable Sonny D has every made! As it was explained to me, Black Koa grows on Oahu and is rare because the tree has to grow close to an old lava flow, and that dark water is drawn up into the lower part of the trunk creating the "black Koa". It is crazy beautiful and different from most other koa's you see. I was hoping it would also have a different voice but I guess Koa is Koa and it's very similar to a couple other koa's I have. Plus I need to cash out a couple ukes to help pay for my new Kanile'a Platinum tenor pineapple. Sonny D ukuleles are the second oldest Hawaiian ukulele company next to Kamaka. Sonny D ukuleles was established in the 1960s. All Sonny D ukuleles are handcrafted, the old-fashion way using traditional style hand crafting. Whereas most of today's ukulele's are made using a production style with modern tools/machines. Many famous Hawaiian entertainers have used Sonny D Ukuleles for recording and/or performing. Artists such as: IZ, Troy Fernandez, The Ka'au Crater Boys, Ohta San, Rebal Soljahz, Na Leo, Sean Na'auao, Robi Kahakalau, Beach 5, and many more Hawaiian entertainers. This Ukulele will be shipped in a Hard Shell Case. Don't miss your chance to own a rare limited quantity full solid Hawaiian curly black koa Troy Fernandez ON FIRE custom Tenor ukulele from one of Hawaii's premier old school Uke builders at a low price. You probably will never see another made from this rare wood! Strap not included. Asking $1650 or close offer. I'm happy to answer any questions you have or send additional photos you might desire.

I've had a few inquiries about the price on this one. The simple answer is the woods, as in many ukes. Black KOA is a version of beautiful KOA you may never see again. It's pretty spectacular! Consider the Collings UT1K and the UT3K. Both built to the same quality level. The only difference is the wood and trim-out used.

As with many others out there, our aquired ukes are special until the "more special" uke comes along. In my case it was the Kanile'a 2019 Platinum LE Pineapple prototype that I bought right off the finishing room shelf during the 1st Factory Tour of 2019! So a couple of my "specials" are up for sale. Happy New Year to me! Thanks all.

Jim Hanks
01-25-2019, 04:07 PM
Striking uke there! You might want to include your asking price. :shaka:

01-25-2019, 08:43 PM
Awesome looking tenor ukulele. That black koa is really fabulous. I love the layered heel. Wonderful.

What are you asking for this lovely lady?

01-26-2019, 03:48 AM
Added the price, I'm used to the price bing on the Title line. Thanks for the reminders! Aloha...

02-06-2019, 01:36 AM
Bump with new info added. Thanks...