View Full Version : Koa vs Mango?

07-14-2009, 11:07 PM
What are your opinions of the sound and other qualities of each?

07-14-2009, 11:11 PM
I dont like mango.
Thats my Opinion

07-15-2009, 12:49 AM
Mango is a stunning wood, rich with skeins of colour. But it doesn't have the tonal range of some other woods. I have a Pono mango, which was nice, but a little dull compared to my spruce and cedar topped ukes. I replaced the saddle with a Tusq saddle and it helped brighten it up. I also put on Aquila strings, which gave it a bit more edge. Sounds much nicer now, but still a little softer than several others.

Mango might be helped by a natural, less restrictive finish, too. But it's a beautiful wood to behold.

07-15-2009, 03:12 AM
What are your opinions of the sound and other qualities of each?

Koa all the way, the sound, the looks, the history, the rarity. That's it for me!

07-15-2009, 03:55 AM
Mango is definitley less expensive.

07-15-2009, 05:07 AM
hmm... i like mango. :D imo

07-15-2009, 05:44 AM
I'm looking to get myself a Mainland in late August and I have kinda had my heart set on mango because it is so beautiful - but I'm also interested in the mahogany for its old Martin sound. Anyone have feedback on mahog vs. mango?

07-15-2009, 07:22 AM
I have a Mango Tenor from Tangi and a Koa 6 string Concert from Mele. The both sound fabulous but I thinik the Tenor sounds richer. It does have Aquila strings but I think it always sounded richer, might have more to do with the size than the material. I like the look of the Koa better than Mango. It could just be preference....

07-15-2009, 08:16 AM
I love koa for it's looks and sound. In my experience, mango tends to be a bit dull in tone. Koa ukes also tend to have a better resale value.