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Franco
11-20-2009, 05:34 AM
i've heard plenty of reviews about solid mahogany and solid koa and the characteristics and tone sounding of those and other woods but haven't found/heard anything on solid macassar ebony for the back and sides.

Does anyone have an istrument with solid macassar ebony back and sides and can tell me their opinion on the tone of the wood and how it might compare to other more common woods like mahogany and koa.

GX9901
11-20-2009, 06:02 AM
There aren't very many ukes with ebony, especially since Pono discontinued their ebony deluxe line. Ebony ukes are usually custom built, and I have a long scale ebony/adirondack spruce concert built by William King. The sound is difficult to describe. To me it's very clear and crystalline. I would say it's very "high-fidelity". Not super loud but has good volume. I love the ebony looks and it sounds great to me as well.

Here's a review (http://gx9901ukes.blogspot.com/2009/07/its-almost-like-im-cheating.html)of this particular uke I've written.

I've posted several videos on Youtube with this uke:
$5 Unleaded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EJH0kbF8SY)
Piano Forte (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8UDL5r8Glw)

Pictures:
http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/SeuZfi_zawI/AAAAAAAAArI/F46czeSPg4M/s512/DSC_1512.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_hMJKe0Vprf4/SeuZp6rfMII/AAAAAAAAArQ/YOarbr9Ei5o/s512/DSC_1513.JPG

Franco
11-20-2009, 06:31 AM
thank you for your response. your review and videos were very helpful.

so a clear and crystalline sound that needs time to gain volume (more or less)

if you had to grade this wood in tone depth 1 to 10

1 being a low warm sounding wood like koa

10 being a sweet punchy soundng wood like maple.

where would you place it?

GX9901
11-20-2009, 09:15 AM
thank you for your response. your review and videos were very helpful.

so a clear and crystalline sound that needs time to gain volume (more or less)

if you had to grade this wood in tone depth 1 to 10

1 being a low warm sounding wood like koa

10 being a sweet punchy soundng wood like maple.

where would you place it?

Hard to say, since I've never played a maple ukulele. I think probably a 6 or 7, If I hazard a guess.

dsummers
11-20-2009, 01:37 PM
I just picked up a Koaloha Tenor Scepte ebony back and sides with a spruce top. What a beauty and the sound is superb. It is load and the tonal mix is just out of this world. Love it!

Ukulele Dude
11-20-2009, 01:56 PM
I just picked up a Koaloha Tenor Scepte ebony back and sides with a spruce top. What a beauty and the sound is superb. It is load and the tonal mix is just out of this world. Love it!

Did you buy the one from Acoustic Vibes? I played that one. It was nice. Really heavy, but nice.

thejumpingflea
11-20-2009, 02:11 PM
I just picked up a Koaloha Tenor Scepte ebony back and sides with a spruce top. What a beauty and the sound is superb. It is load and the tonal mix is just out of this world. Love it!

Pics? Video?

I demand proof! ;)

Nuprin
11-20-2009, 02:22 PM
I got a Pono ebony deluxe tenor 2nd that MGM was blowing out. Much heavier than any of my other ukes but it sounds great.

Pictures:

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/1491/eleele1w.th.jpg (http://img69.imageshack.us/i/eleele1w.jpg/)

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/3341/eleele2.th.jpg (http://img20.imageshack.us/i/eleele2.jpg/)

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/2284/eleele3.th.jpg (http://img20.imageshack.us/i/eleele3.jpg/)

Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJq0voeRDkE). Please excuse the cheesy picture in picture animations...first time experimenting with it in iMovie.

dsummers
11-21-2009, 02:54 AM
Acoustic Vibes is the one I picked up. I paid a heavy price (traded a Collings varnish gutar for it). I've been playing less than a year, but haven't picked up a guitar since and what a fine collection of ukes I have picked up in that time. It's embarassing as I have no talent- just the love.

Franco
11-22-2009, 04:49 AM
[QUOTE=Nuprin;259726]I got a Pono ebony deluxe tenor 2nd that MGM was blowing out. Much heavier than any of my other ukes but it sounds great.

how would you compare the pono ptec ce to your honu tenor?

Nuprin
11-22-2009, 07:59 AM
[QUOTE=Nuprin;259726]I got a Pono ebony deluxe tenor 2nd that MGM was blowing out. Much heavier than any of my other ukes but it sounds great.

how would you compare the pono ptec ce to your honu tenor?

It definitely has more low end than my Honu but that could be attributed to the depth of the uke. The Pono is about 3/4" deeper than my Honu. It sounds more mellow to me as well.