View Full Version : Sneak preview new Koolau hand carved Archtop ukulele.

03-07-2012, 07:15 PM
Okay I busted into koolau to see this ukulele that just came out. I had to get a sample sneak preview first look.


Next video. The new custom Thinline electric koalohas coming out next week...

Paul December
03-07-2012, 07:17 PM

03-07-2012, 07:25 PM
Very cool uke! Thanks for the sneak peek.

Hippie Dribble
03-07-2012, 07:30 PM
yes, lovely looking uke Mike. Beautiful sweet tone too. Cheers for the look mate. :)

03-07-2012, 07:49 PM
THat is one beautiful uke! Thanks for sharing it Mike.

03-07-2012, 08:22 PM
Wow!! That is stunning. I wonder what their price for that is..

03-08-2012, 12:27 AM
Thanks for showing us the uke Mike, I'm a bit surprised they let in you with that Kanile'a shirt on but they're mellow at Ko'olau <g>. Very nice craftsmanship by Ryan.

03-08-2012, 01:25 AM
It must be costly...

03-08-2012, 02:59 AM
I was wondering, what acoustic properties does an archtop give, as opposed to a regular flat top?

03-08-2012, 03:17 AM
Wow. Outstanding ukulele!

03-08-2012, 04:16 AM
Ho, Bruddah Mike!

You too funny, Brah!!!:rofl: WOW!!! That's one supah sweet looking and sounding uke!!!:drool:

Mahalo fo bustin' into Ko'olau and giving us a first look at their new ukes!



03-08-2012, 04:37 AM
Yo, Mike ... you one of the original Clampetts? You don't look like Jed Clampett, but ... maybe JETHRO!
Thanks for the preview of this gorgeous archtop.

03-08-2012, 04:58 AM
might just be me, but I appreciate that Mike plays the same riffs on the ukes he is previewing. gives you a more apples to apples comparison. that uke is stunning, wow

03-08-2012, 05:20 AM
I'll add my WOW to this and raise a BEAUTIFUL! Damn, she sounds real nice!

03-08-2012, 05:24 AM
Clampetts oh my. More like The Hatfields I'd reckon. Hey Ma...they are trying to compare me to those Hollywood Clampetts again....I only know how to play the same thing...hard to find uke books up in here in um woods

Scott S.
03-08-2012, 05:57 AM
When I first saw you in the video, I thought it was an advertisement for Excedrin or some other headache medicine.

03-08-2012, 06:10 AM
Okay I busted into koolau to see this ukulele that just came out. I had to get a sample sneak preview first look.

Next video. The new custom Thinline electric koalohas coming out next week...

WOW! I want both of these!

03-09-2012, 03:22 AM
Okay for the Kanliea fans and to be fair


By the way if you go to the HMS blog you can get a beeter video demo of the archtop Koolau

03-09-2012, 03:47 AM
Thanks as always Mike. I always look forward to your vids.

You do know you have the best job in the world, don't you?!?!

03-09-2012, 10:31 AM
Wow. Yummy. I like that slightly too much.

03-09-2012, 10:44 AM
Great looking uke!! Also being a mandolin player I guess I have to question the idea behind an arch top uke. I'm not a design expert by any stretch, but arch top designs derive their sound by the amount of pressure the strings impart on the bridge as they run from the tail piece to the nut, along with top thickness, break angle of the strings over the bridge and few other things. On mandolins and arch top guitars, the 6 or 8 steel strings impart a great deal of pressure on the bridge, thus causing the top of the instrument (the sound board) to vibrate. I just wonder how much pressure 4 nylon type strings can impart on the top. With hand carved designs you can only go so thin or brace it very heavily, or else the top can sink. So I guess the question is, is this being done because it's different and looks cool, or is it really bringing something sonically superior to the party??

Any luthiers or sound engineers care to jump in on this??

03-09-2012, 12:05 PM
I built my first arch top ukulele in June, 2009 and have built seven more since then. My background was building arch top mandolins and guitars so I have some experience with these instruments. If carved and graduated correctly, arch top ukes work quite well. Just like an arch top guitar, they are louder than a flattop, but have less sustain, which is what you want for a jazz instrument. To be sure, they are labor and materials intensive to build, and thus not cheap. As far as the string tension concern, Bob Benedetto and Steve Grimes have both built nylon string arch top guitars that work quite well, the secret is to carve things delicately.


mm stan
03-09-2012, 12:06 PM
Wow Mike lookin' great brah..I want one..:drool:Let me go count my change jar if I get enough kala to buy um..ha ha
Hey Brah, must be against the law fo you to go bust into the shop with a kanilea shirt..I know it is your disguise but
they might think you're a double agent..ha ha....;)

03-09-2012, 10:54 PM

03-10-2012, 03:45 AM
While you're there I'll take the archtop and as many you can carry.

03-11-2012, 12:49 PM
Well, Ko'olau just added them to the website. Base price: $7,000.

Ouch. UAS cured.

03-11-2012, 12:58 PM
Well, Ko'olau just added them to the website. Base price: $7,000.

Ouch. UAS cured.
Well, there's always the lotto…

03-12-2012, 02:01 AM
May have to ditch the uke and learn the grand piano instead...It's cheaper : p