View Full Version : Ko'olau T1 (Stock/Modified)

08-06-2009, 04:07 PM

Made by Ko'olau and family.
www.koolauukulele (http://www.koolauukulele).com
2A Koa Body, Rosewood Neck, Koa Top Plate, Black tuners, logo in MOP
Matte Rub
Non Compensated Tie Bridge.
Neck is thin and fast, slightly sticky 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. Honetly you would have to search hard to find a cosmetic fault with this model.
Its a matte finish, solid tuners, came with ko'olau gold wound G low setup.

For some reason it does not like Aquila high G (my go to string), the best is what it came with low G ko'olau gold.


Will this ukulele withstand live playing?


Does the hardware seem like it will last?


Would you use it on a gig without a backup?

No, for reasons to be shown later.

Customer Support

Check the website for the war. on the T1 though it would take something catastrophic to damage it. There is not much to go wrong.

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, the nitro french instruments from them sound

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


What do you love about it?

Price point for a ko'olau

Did you compare it to other ukuleles? Which ones?

Standard all the major K's

Personal Opinion

I really liked this uke up front on the long side not so much. These are really good low G for some unknown to me reason. I MEAN REALLY REALLY UNBELEVABLY GOOD.

I play High G pretty much 90% of the time so thats how I tried to set it up and failed misrably. Tone is all over the board in this one, I tried everything that I could to get this setup the way I wanted. Three separate compensated saddles of different hights. I tried just about every string on the planet and it killed me but just could not get it the way I wanted.

If your a low G player or lean that way you need to try one of these things out. Its a heck of a deal for the price. High G, try it first. I have heard through the grapevine that many have had luck with high G just not me.

Full disclosure I sold this, it now has a happy home unknown tuning.