View Full Version : Ko'olau CE1 Koa (Stock)

08-01-2009, 04:07 PM

Made by Ko'olau and family.
www.koolau (http://www.%3Cb%3Ekoolau%3C/b%3E)ukulele.com
1-2A Solid Koa Body, Rosewood Neck, Koa Top Plate, Gold tuners, logo in MOP
Matte Spray/Rub
Non Compensated Tie Bridge.
Neck is thin and fast, strange stickiness when new.
Comes with a HARD case, cards.

Action, Fit & Finish

Its a Ko'olau, its great, for 899$ or so typical sale prices its really good. It is a bolt neck though and I don;t like the knob positions.
Its a solid body, its a matte finish, there is one knob what more or less could you want.
You could kill a mugger with this uke, its SOLID. I would have no trouble gigging this in a Biker bar then dragging it behind the bikes and playing it again.

For some reason it likes a Aquila high G string, and ko'olau gold lowers. Don't know why.


Will this ukulele withstand live playing?

YES and then some

Does the hardware seem like it will last?

YES forever, just remember a second 9 volt.

Would you use it on a gig without a backup?

Yes and the amps and other stuff will die long before this.

Customer Support

Check the website for the war. on the CE1 though it would take something catastrophic to damage it.

Overall Rating

How long have you been playing?

A while

What other gear do you own?

Almost every major modern builder

Is there something you wish you had asked before buying this ukulele?

I wanted the gloss finish, I expect that I will take this one apart and send it out to be sprayed and buffed out someday. Or have the top sunburst died and Nitro sprayed.

If it were stolen or lost, would you buy it again or get something else?

No I would order the CE3

What do you love about it?

Price point, durability, fast playability.

What do you hate?

I dislike the location of the volume knob but it is a forgivable sin.

What is your favorite feature?

Its a electric ukulele that's like a cool factor of 11.

Did you compare it to other ukuleles? Which ones?

nothing else in this range but the Howlet's which I think are just as good for less cash depending on what side of the pond you are on. Plus I like his wood selection and staining a lot better.

Personal Opinion

Tone is dependent on your gear and your skill. The pickups do a good job of a accoustic knockoff but a real one with mic would sound better. The body is extreamly thin compared to most ukes so ladies I have handed off to like it as it clears there bits and pieces better then most.

This also makes a excellent sitting on the couch ukulele not plugged in to practice and not annoy the wife.

Bad picture, will post a better one later.

Feeling sick so stuck on the computer and throne for most of the day. So many many reviews being formatted to be uploaded later.