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koalohapaul
08-01-2009, 05:39 PM
I was finally able to finish up a custom. This is a curly koa cut away for a client in Japan. He came all the way to Hawaii to pick it up in person, today. Sure saved me on plane fare!

It's pretty basic.

Curly Koa sides/front/back.

Ebony head plate/finger board/bridge

His daughter drew those wave designs for the fret position markers, done in black and white MOP. Thanks to Kekani for helping me out with that one. The logo on the head plate is white MOP.

Cut away, of course.

L.R. Baggs Element pickup.

Hopefully the pictures show up. I've never uploaded anything here and I'm not too good with this kind of stuff, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

ukulelearp
08-01-2009, 05:59 PM
That's a really nice looking instrument, great job.

clayton56
08-01-2009, 07:42 PM
.......wow!

DeG
08-01-2009, 07:46 PM
Sweet! Is the binding ebony also?

seeso
08-01-2009, 08:13 PM
Ooh! Gorgeous. :love:

bbycrts
08-01-2009, 08:13 PM
That's beautiful, Paul! I love the cutaway - I can't describe what it is I like so much, but I think it's that the body doesn't come to a point - the whole thing has nice rounded curves...I love the binding, too! Very classy!

grappler
08-01-2009, 08:32 PM
speechless!

Kaneohe til the end
08-01-2009, 08:38 PM
finally the avatar comes out!!!

koalohapaul
08-01-2009, 08:58 PM
Dude, it took me forever to figure out how to resize that picture. Can I draw graphics for the laser? Sure. Make a picture smaller? Nooooooooo!

DeG - I forgot about the binding. It's ebony.

Teek
08-01-2009, 09:26 PM
Oh my, that is so understated and exudes such pure elegance, it's a masterpiece! The ebony with the curly koa = no way you can go wrong with it. I also really appreciate how you did the cutaway, it's the first I've seen that I really like, as a rule they don't move me.

When I get my fourth or fifth job, I'll want my pineapple in that wood and binding. :D

Kaneohe til the end
08-01-2009, 10:03 PM
Oh my, that is so understated and exudes such pure elegance, it's a masterpiece!

tell me about it, that hair is nuts! :anyone:

thomas
08-01-2009, 11:21 PM
I have to agree with Teek, that is the first cutaway I have seen that I liked. It looks really nice.

ukulele2544
08-01-2009, 11:28 PM
Gotta say it; thats a really nice uke! Great job!!

experimentjon
08-01-2009, 11:28 PM
tell me about it, that hair is nuts! :anyone:

Yeah...it's pretty hot. :D

Pippin
08-02-2009, 12:24 AM
That is a work of art.

BrotherUke
08-02-2009, 02:08 AM
I would say that's a bit more than "pretty basic". I'd say it's pretty awesome!

kailua
08-02-2009, 04:29 AM
tell me about it, that hair is nuts! :anyone:

Mad scientist? Certainly a genius in 'ukulele. Beautiful uke!!! :shaka:

vahn
08-02-2009, 05:06 AM
wow man normally i'm a fan of a really sharp cutaway... that bieng said the cutaway on this is graceful and organic and w/ that musubi those lines are just amazing and stunning....

Kinda of reminescent of a maccaferri, except good looking!!

vahn
08-02-2009, 05:08 AM
koaloha paul u kinda look like some sort of hawaiin ukulele jesus

pithaya9
08-02-2009, 06:18 AM
What a beautiful 'ukulele. Looks like I need to save some money so that I can have Paul bulld me a custom.

d-mace
08-02-2009, 06:23 AM
I have to agree with Teek, that is the first cutaway I have seen that I liked. It looks really nice.

I "third" that...

generem
08-02-2009, 06:26 AM
Sweetness.. Awesome build man... I think im gonna have to sell car and order me one :D

DeG
08-02-2009, 09:21 AM
tell me about it, that hair is nuts! :anyone:

Making fun of the bosses hairdo is not a good career move, Mogwai...:D

Spooner
08-02-2009, 08:19 PM
Paul that uke looks awesome bruddah!!! :shaka:

I think I need one! ;)

uluapoundr
08-03-2009, 10:16 AM
Nice uke Paul!

Ahnko Honu
08-03-2009, 11:15 AM
For not being a pineapple that's a purdy 'ukulele. ;)

specialmike
08-03-2009, 11:18 AM
that ukulele is kickin'. Man... i want a custom koaloha :D

jinsk90
08-03-2009, 11:19 AM
do you mind if I ask how much the customer paid for this?

Denno
08-03-2009, 12:35 PM
http://www.affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/dr_evil_one_million_dollars.jpg

One million dollars!

:D

uber_goober
08-03-2009, 02:56 PM
Awesome instrument, Paul. As others have said, I too really like the cutway. That's a very nice design.

-John

cocohonk
08-03-2009, 03:14 PM
Ooooh, that's pretty.

Kekani
08-03-2009, 07:03 PM
do you mind if I ask how much the customer paid for this?

Simple as they seem, I know the inlays cost more than what most pay for an instrument.

-Aaron

koalohapaul
08-03-2009, 07:23 PM
The total came out to $2,600-ish, I think. He ordered the uke three years ago, when I was working off an older price scale.


do you mind if I ask how much the customer paid for this?

schuermurrman
08-03-2009, 08:32 PM
Freakin Beautimous man! Great piece!!

molokinirum
08-04-2009, 07:05 AM
Paul, you guys once again outdid yourselves. That is a beautiful uke. Maybe you might consider adding that to your already impressive ukes!!!!:)

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
08-04-2009, 08:52 AM
That's real nice Paul. Up until now I thought you just ordered people around!

Playscool39
08-04-2009, 10:25 AM
Nice piece of work! Looks really great:D

koalohapaul
08-04-2009, 07:58 PM
Thanks for the kind comments, folks. I'll try to post more of my personal work, time permitting. I usually end up forgetting to take pictures. If I do, I get so consumed in starting the next build, I forget that I DID take pictures.

Chuck, I almost spit my gum out, when I read your comment.

Oh, and thanks for the comments on my awesome hair, too. If you're interested in the look, you just need two things and two simple steps.

1. Bushy/curly hair

2. Hair dryer

Step 1: Wash your hair

Step 2: Hang your head upside down and blow dry until you create a 'fro

Spooner
08-04-2009, 07:59 PM
Thanks for the kind comments, folks. I'll try to post more of my personal work, time permitting. I usually end up forgetting to take pictures. If I do, I get so consumed in starting the next build, I forget that I DID take pictures.

Chuck, I almost spit my gum out, when I read your comment.

Oh, and thanks for the comments on my awesome hair, too. If you're interested in the look, you just need two things and two simple steps.

1. Bushy/curly hair

2. Hair dryer

Step 1: Wash your hair

Step 2: Hang your head upside down and blow dry until you create a 'fro


When I see that pic...I hear the theme from Shaft. :p

koalohapaul
08-04-2009, 08:03 PM
Cause I'm a bad mutha....

Shaft!

Spooner
08-04-2009, 08:06 PM
Cause I'm a bad mutha....

Shaft!


Sho you right! :shaka::D

dominicfoundthemooon
08-04-2009, 08:12 PM
WOW PAUL! now i see what you have been busy doing! AMAZING ART! nice work.. and yeah.. nice HAIR!!! LOVE THE FRO.. he pops koaloha to do that do!!

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