View Full Version : Ko'olau select koa - is this laminate

03-09-2011, 11:36 AM

I've checked out the ko'olau website and they dont explain what 'select koa' is.

Is it infact laminate - ply wood?


03-09-2011, 11:43 AM
Ko'olau ukes are solid woods. That Model 1 looks like a great deal for the price.

03-09-2011, 11:43 AM
G'day 6String,
If it is any help - a "select grade wood" in my area refers to the quality of the wood itself - you would use select grade woods for fine furniture for instance - it is free of gum and borer markings - in no way referring to a laminate - now what the good people of Ko'alau mean I dunno :D but looking at the pictures (which are useless in telling) and price - I suspect (hope!) NOT a laminate!

03-09-2011, 11:44 AM
It says "all solid" in the description, so I presume it's not a laminate.

Uke Republic
03-09-2011, 12:06 PM
Ko'olau makes only solid tonewood instruments.

mm stan
03-09-2011, 04:02 PM
Aloha 6stringconvert,
For that price...a little more you can get a Kamaka....need I say more....Good Luck and Happy Strummings...MM Stan

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-09-2011, 04:40 PM
In my neck of the woods, "select" usually only means that the koa is free of structural defects, knots, serious run-out, etc. It may very well make a fine sounding uke. Check out this post for more info on koa grading:

03-09-2011, 05:35 PM
That Koolau is beautiful. Wow.

03-09-2011, 06:52 PM
I have a Ko'olau S-1 (soprano). It's solid koa, and doesn't look nearly as good as the one pictured in your link. I think all the Ko'olau ukes are solid wood. You might write to them.

Uke Republic
03-09-2011, 07:21 PM
Wait a minute...got one here and yep, all solid koa http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/product/koolau-k-series-concert

03-09-2011, 10:09 PM
Mahalo, many thanks, 6sc