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molinee
03-01-2010, 08:53 PM
What type of Ukulele wood will put out the most aroma? Does it matter if it has a gloss finish? I have had numerous laminated and all solid Ukes: solid mahogany, a solid koa Kamaka, a few Kala's Mango, etc.... And none of them had a very distinct smell. What's up with that! :) I haven't tried Cedar or Rosewood yet, although I had a Cypress classical guitar and a Rosewood classical guitar and they emitted lots of great wood smell. PS... My vintage solid koa soprano Kamaka smelled like cigarette smoke inside... No koa smell at all. :mad: Anyone have a Mainland Red Cedar?????

Melissa82
03-01-2010, 08:55 PM
I have a Mainland Mahogany Tenor that's fairly new and all I can smell is the gloss coating, lol.

SuperSecretBETA
03-01-2010, 10:40 PM
Wild cherry has a nice aroma. It smells like wood, but it's a nice woody smell.

GX9901
03-01-2010, 11:08 PM
Spainish Cedar have a pretty strong and spicy aroma. I think it is usually only used for necks, and the uke probably needs to be built in the Spainish method (neck goes into the body) for the aroma to be noticed. However, I have 2 ukes built with the Spainish method using Spainish Cedar necks (both by William King), and only one has the strong Spainish Cedar scent, so I'm not sure if Spainish Cedar always gives off a strong aroma.

molinee
03-02-2010, 12:07 AM
I have a Mainland Mahogany Tenor that's fairly new and all I can smell is the gloss coating, lol.

Ahhh... the smell of gloss. Rates right up there with gasoline... lol

Eriquito
03-02-2010, 01:37 AM
My new mahogany soprano from Mainland has a nice aroma...It almost smells like a cigar humidor.

Juan Sapatos
03-02-2010, 02:09 AM
Both sport that New Car Smell of fresh plastic. Nothing is emitted by the 1 / 2 that forms the neck as far as I can tell.

SailQwest
03-02-2010, 02:52 AM
I had a Mainland Cedar Concert and it was very aromatic.

heyjude
03-02-2010, 04:46 AM
Nothing like sound hole sniffing to clear the sinuses! :)

Jude

paraclete
03-02-2010, 04:55 AM
My new soprano... koa/mahog.. doesn't really smell like much at all. However, my classical guitar, which is red cedar and Indian rosewood is amazing, and it was made in 2002. I'm guessing that a cedar/rosewood uke would have quite a bit of aroma.

bbycrts
03-02-2010, 05:25 AM
The smell of my Kanile'a K1-S and my Lanikai LK-1S is heavenly. Both are solid koa. I always feel a little goofy sniffing their sound holes, but the smell is really just wonderful...

Skottoman
03-02-2010, 05:33 AM
I love to sound hole sniff my 2 KoAlohas. The smell will always remind me of my factory tour there. The first time I EVER smelled fresh KOA!
MMmmmmm...... Koa.....

Cheers,
Skottoman

Ukeffect
03-02-2010, 05:49 AM
Mmmmm...NEW UKE smellllll! I love the smell of Sitka spruce or Cedar in the morning! The piney goodness mixed with beeswax and new striiiings....*whimper*! Maybe a little lemon oil thrown in just to be totally decadent! You know...you guys are SOOOO bad for my UAS! I haven't bought a new uke in 3 weeks...dadddy waaaaants a new uke!
:drool:

rock_and_roll_camera
03-02-2010, 06:59 AM
My Kala KA-CE has a lovely smell... not really that strong but its that freshly sawn wood smell. I've always loved the smell of fresh cut wood, I did have a Lanikai LU-21CE which got swaped for the Kala due to a few problems but that had the same kind of smell, maybe a bit more noticable though? That was made from Nato as opposed to the Kala's mahogany. I love it when I open the case and you get that first hit of uke scent your nostrils!...

Mim
03-02-2010, 07:20 AM
I am unpacking 14 ukes today (or tomorrow if I can not get my hangers finished in time). No Koa, but cedar and spruce and mahogony. I will sniff them all and come back and report to you my findings on those ;)

molinee
03-02-2010, 07:56 AM
I am unpacking 14 ukes today (or tomorrow if I can not get my hangers finished in time). No Koa, but cedar and spruce and mahogony. I will sniff them all and come back and report to you my findings on those ;)

Wow! That's a lot of wood to go through. Appreciate it that you are taking time. Hope no one finds you passed out with your nose in the soundhole.... LOL

Mim
03-02-2010, 08:18 AM
Wow! That's a lot of wood to go through. Appreciate it that you are taking time. Hope no one finds you passed out with your nose in the soundhole.... LOL

Haha... I would not be so brave to be sniffing sound holes in my shop... but it is snowing... so chances are no one will be coming around :) So I can sniff away without looking like a looney!

molokinirum
03-02-2010, 08:30 AM
.....The first time I EVER smelled fresh KOA!
MMmmmmm...... Koa.....

Cheers,
Skottoman

UMMMMM Koa, I love to smell the sound hole of my Koa Kamaka!!! :drool:

bt93
03-02-2010, 10:19 AM
my koaloha has an interesting smell to it

Lori
03-03-2010, 06:46 AM
I have a Makapili Pineapple Concert Ukulele made by Thomas. It is my most aromatic uke. It is made of Acacia Confusa, but he says the aroma may be from the Hinoki wood bracing he has inside. I had wondered if it was the oiled finish, but he thinks it's the bracing.

–Lori

molinee
03-04-2010, 11:37 AM
I just looked at a Lanikai LK-1C solid Koa and it had no smell either (like none). I would think that it being an older model that it would be fragrant..... Maybe I should be seeing a doctor for a non-functioning nose. :) Still holding out for maybe a cedar model tenor from somewhere.