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mthurman52
06-10-2011, 04:03 PM
My friend is looking for a koa uke. He said he really wants a solid koa uke but he only has $300 to $350 tops to spend on it. He said that if the top was solid and the sides maybe laminate than thats ok. I know Ohana makes one...the CK-200G. Any others you guys know of?

I forgot to mention he wants a concert size!

PhilUSAFRet
06-10-2011, 04:05 PM
I think Mele makes a solid koa topped solid mahogany uke, but I don't think it's within his price range. If he can live with solid acacia, he can get some nice ones.

mthurman52
06-10-2011, 04:09 PM
What brands make solid acacia besides Kala?

dnewton2
06-11-2011, 03:46 AM
Not sure about the price but Lanikai makes a solid koa top. Models NK-C , concert, and NK-T, tenor.

roxhum
06-11-2011, 03:51 AM
KPK makes solid acacia for under $200

phil hague
06-11-2011, 03:52 AM
Kanil,ea. there is nothing else to be said.

Hippie Dribble
06-11-2011, 04:22 AM
not sure what scale you're after but Duane Heilman of Black Bear is making a bunch of solid koa sopranos and selling them for $350 at the moment. great ukes those ones.

canoedan
06-11-2011, 07:26 AM
I have a Lanakai NK-T tenor and it sounds nice especially with a low G set for about $350-360. It has a nice curly Koa top and veneer sides and back. Mellow sound, not as much volume as my Mainland red cedar, but then cedar and spruce tend to be louder than mahogany and I guess koa (this is my only koa so I am no expert), look at their widespread use in guitars. He would want the NK-C for concert size. If he plays guitar he might like the tenor best.

Tudorp
06-11-2011, 07:32 AM
I've got a couple solid Acacia, but they are tenors well within that budget, with hard cases. Let me know if he might be interested in more details. The only concert I have available at the moment is a solid mahogany.

WhenDogsSing
06-11-2011, 07:40 AM
I think Mele makes a solid koa topped solid mahogany uke, but I don't think it's within his price range. If he can live with solid acacia, he can get some nice ones.

Mele has a koa topped, mahogany body concert ukulele for $379. Here is the link:

http://www.meleukulele.com/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=44&cat=Koa+Double%2DHole+Ukuleles

808boy
06-11-2011, 07:48 AM
Aloha mthurman52,
Ditto on Roxhum's suggestion on the KPK. IMHO, great value at that price point.....................BO...................

Little Plink
06-11-2011, 10:24 AM
While Kanile'a does make incredible instruments, I think their prices are DEFINITELY out of a $300 range. lol.

molokinirum
06-11-2011, 10:26 AM
Aloha mthurman52,
Ditto on Roxhum's suggestion on the KPK. IMHO, great value at that price point.....................BO...................

I agree..check them out!!!

joeybug
06-11-2011, 02:10 PM
I agree..check them out!!!

:agree: I love my KPK!