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StereoJoker
03-17-2010, 02:45 PM
I know a lot of you use different ukuleles for different songs or different styles of playing, and that these differences include both scale sizes and wood types.

Now, I personally love mahogany (and not just for the uke!) -- I love the color, the smell, the grain, and the warm, mellow tone. Heck, I even love the word "mahogany" itself. Even though koa wood is fantastic and I easily drool over any well-made solid koa uke, if I had to choose between two identical solid-wood soprano models with different wood -- koa or mahogany -- I would probably take the 'hog.

Out of curiosity, which tonewood is your favorite? Or, more accurately, which type of wood gives you the sound you like best from a ukulele? (Combinations are excluded from the poll, but can be lumped under the "Other" category, for convenience's sake, I guess.)

casarole45
03-17-2010, 02:48 PM
I still love Mahog the most, but finding lots of new interesting woods on uke's so who knows.

I not a fan on the dark colour of mahogany though, but sound wise I love it.

Ukeffect
03-17-2010, 04:22 PM
For pure sound, Koa is my favorite, but Acacia sounds almost as good to me. I like Spruce or Cedar on a sound board, but there is a reason so much rosewood is used on bodies by luthiers! My all around favorite has to be highly figured Myrtle though, think Koa...only chocolaty!

SailQwest
03-17-2010, 04:29 PM
Of the ones listed, I would choose mahogany. But my favorite tonewood is spruce.

scottie
03-17-2010, 04:54 PM
My main ukulele is all mahogany
My main steel string guitar is Mahogany Sitka
My classical guitar is EIR Englemann

I don't know if favorite tonewood is even a fair question but I sure looooove the sound of my mahogany uke. :D:D:D

StereoJoker
03-17-2010, 04:56 PM
My all around favorite has to be highly figured Myrtle though, think Koa...only chocolaty!

I completely forgot about myrtle! Probably because it's one of those pricier woods. But yeah, that's a nice sound, too.


Of the ones listed, I would choose mahogany. But my favorite tonewood is spruce.

I figured spruce and cedar would be pretty choice with folks too, but I was trying to limit the woods to the types I had seen used for the body all-round (top, back and sides).

If we could put >10 options in the polls, they'd be on there for sure. :p

I just checked out Mya-Moe Ukuleles (I've been too lazy to look at them myself for a while), and they have purpleheart ukes (http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/wood%20pages/purpleheart.htm)! I didn't even know about purpleheart, much less that it could be used as a tonewood. Pretty neat.

GX9901
03-17-2010, 05:10 PM
My favorite tonewood would have to be macassar ebony. Macassar ebony pretty much has to be combined a softwood such as spruce, and that's my favorite combo. I think a lot of wood spiecies can be made into great sounding instruments, but I just love the looks of a good macassar ebony uke.

This is what I'm talking about:

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

thejumpingflea
03-17-2010, 08:01 PM
I like all different woods, but thanks to my Moore Bettah Tenor I went with Koa:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee239/thejumpingflea/DSC_0011.jpg

SweetWaterBlue
03-17-2010, 09:04 PM
I chose mahogany, but I am starting to warm up to koa.

I have only had the opportunity to play: cherry (LoPrinzi); mahogany (Ohana & Martin); koa (Koaloha),; spruce (Kala); cedar (Mainland); zebrawood (Ohana); and, hoop pine (Flea), so I can't give and opinion on the other woods.

Uke Republic
03-18-2010, 04:09 AM
I guess having access to a load of various tonewoods I should have a clear choice. It's like what mood I'm in. Something brite, something warm, something loud, something quiet , something really balanced, something rich or is it the look of the tonewood? Maybe because it seems to be less common, I've been enjoying the cherry for a truly unique sound and the figured cherry for it's beauty.All of em' have something to offer because if they didn't we wouldn't all have UAS.I still love mahogany,koa,zebrawood,mango,maple,acacia,nato,wal nut and other a lot! I love combo woods too.How can we choose? It's like who do you love more, mom or dad?

dnewton2
03-18-2010, 06:01 AM
Pretty tough to choose. I have had a few different ukes made from different woods. My favorite uke hands down is my Moore Bettah and it is koa. But I find it hard to really compare a Moore Bettah koa uke to a sprucetop Kala or an acacia KPK or any other combo from a import ukulele. Due to the obvious differences in craftsmanship and attiention to detail I really cannot compare tonewoods specifically since I have not had a set of the same ukulele that are made from different woods. Really to many variables.

But I will choose koa because of my Moore Bettah.

Ahnko Honu
03-18-2010, 07:52 AM
koa no ka 'oi

paraclete
03-18-2010, 08:01 AM
I like the solid Koa top/ solid mahog body combo on uke.

luvdat
03-18-2010, 11:59 AM
I gotta say plastic...

Paul Dominic Martin
05-11-2012, 06:38 AM
hehehehehhee!!!
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I gotta say plastic...

Dan Uke
05-11-2012, 07:31 AM
This is an old thread...if it listed today's uke, I bet spruce would be the favorite of some.

PedalFreak
05-11-2012, 08:56 AM
For ukes, Koa. But there are a lot of tone woods I'd go with for an instrument.

Hippie Dribble
05-11-2012, 12:21 PM
I love mango and walnut.

mahogany is a great wood too and the safest of safe bets.

Doc_J
05-11-2012, 12:32 PM
For many folks, if it is isn't koa, it isn't a ukulele.

J-Peg
05-11-2012, 02:24 PM
I guess having access to a load of various tonewoods I should have a clear choice. It's like what mood I'm in. Something brite, something warm, something loud, something quiet , something really balanced, something rich or is it the look of the tonewood? Maybe because it seems to be less common, I've been enjoying the cherry for a truly unique sound and the figured cherry for it's beauty.All of em' have something to offer because if they didn't we wouldn't all have UAS.I still love mahogany,koa,zebrawood,mango,maple,acacia,nato,wal nut and other a lot! I love combo woods too.How can we choose? It's like who do you love more, mom or dad?

Mom.

As for tonewoods, I love my spruce top Martin guitar. But for ukes I like the warmer sound of mahogany. That's probably due to the fact that I play mostly pop, blues or jazz. For more traditional Hawaiian music, I have to admit that koa sounds more authentic. That's just not the kind of stuff I play.

DSFDF.

mandrew
05-11-2012, 02:52 PM
Mahogany is my favorite for its rich, warm tone, but walnut is a close second!

ChrisRCovington
05-11-2012, 04:32 PM
All mahogany all the way. I do like walnut and cherry but they are far behind mahogany for me. Koa is cool too but not my first choice.

Nickie
05-11-2012, 04:44 PM
I had to pick mahogany, becuase both my ukes are made of it. I really love the look and the feel. It sounds wonderful, too. I am getting a koa, probably only one, because koa wood is rare these days. I am very intrigued by cherry, spruce, and cedar. I hope that builders will use more woods taht are local and in pentiful supply, and will be replanted as they are used, so that no speices goes extinct or endagered.

pakhan
05-11-2012, 05:08 PM
I think for a combination of sound and looks in ukes, Koa is my choice.

If it were just looks, probably Brazilian Rosewood or Ziricote but I find I prefer that koa sound.

WOBster
05-11-2012, 07:13 PM
I chose "other" because Brazilian Rosewood was not a choice!
Koa and Mango and Sycamore are also high on my list

maclay
05-11-2012, 10:04 PM
Adirondack Spruce with Brazilian Rosewood is probably my favorite.
All of the rosewoods are just great.....Indian, Cocobolo, Honduran, Cambodian, African Blackwood, Madagascar, etc.

GreekUke2012
05-11-2012, 10:41 PM
I used to own a rosewood concert, but traded her in once I played my koa concert. I voted for mahogany and koa, I really spend half my time playing both, rosewood was much nicer than my mango I used to have but still below koa and mahogany.


Tenor-Martin t1k
Concert-Martin c1k
Soprano-Martin s1

herby660
11-29-2012, 07:49 AM
I actually just bought a Martin 3 Cherry Soprano and now like Mahogany and CHERRY - Mahogany maybe a little tiny bit more

I actually own 3 vintage Martins which all sound loud and resonant and the cherry took a day or so to find itself, there is less bark but a fatter midrange - very old sounding (in a good way) with great tone. Lovely to sing to. It is less trebly but only slightly but all the notes still ring out clear and the uke is very very resonant with great sustain. The Cherry Wood Martin is a special Uke in my opinion.

coolkayaker1
11-29-2012, 08:11 AM
+1 for bubinga

ukeeku
11-29-2012, 09:41 AM
Where is Spruce?

OldePhart
11-29-2012, 12:43 PM
I'm so ordinary...I voted for both mahogany and koa and look where they stand in the poll! :biglaugh:

John

gyosh
11-29-2012, 07:10 PM
Spruce?! .