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BIGDB
05-16-2012, 09:48 AM
I recently saw a post on what is your favorite tone wood and that left me wondering what is your favorite looking wood

Tudorp
05-16-2012, 09:53 AM
Well, I'm a huge Mahogany fan. I like many woods for many different reasons, including the curl, flame and the other "desieased" woods for their character. But, even though Mahogany is considered a boring (in appearance) wood, with not much character, I love it for that reason. I love the look and feel of the rich, warm, color of a nice piece of Mahogany.


I recently saw a post on what is your favorite tone wood and that left me wondering what is your favorite looking wood

ChrisRCovington
05-16-2012, 09:55 AM
I'll 2nd mahogany. I really like the old dark looking stuff.

Mandarb
05-16-2012, 09:57 AM
....koa....

1937Scott
05-16-2012, 10:13 AM
This is an entirely Blonde, Brunette, or Redhead discussion. I like! I also agree with Mandarb.

Hands down, curly koa. Behold, Glyph insturments PEGS my covet meter with these beauties:

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Tudorp
05-16-2012, 10:16 AM
I've got a trip to visit some old Air Force buddies and meeting at our old SAC base in Louisiana this summer. I may bring back some old drift cypress wood back with me. I have been thinking about building a uke using old drift cypress. Not sure how that would sound, but I think it would look amazing..

weerpool
05-16-2012, 10:24 AM
good ol' Mahogany all day, always. i ve workded with all kinds of pretty koa and i still not 100% sold.i know alot of ukers like htem but its overrated ( subjective) in my opinion

1937Scott
05-16-2012, 10:45 AM
My ears don't disagree, but my eyes do. That's the funny thing, dessert sometimes looks better than it tastes! My solid mahogany sounds GREAT, but I like curly wood. All of it. Maple, Koa, I don't care. The fiddle-stripes make me drool.

In fact I saw Antebellum Instruments had an old Cuban Curly Mahogany S.S. Stewart for sale last week. My UAS checked on it and it sold...even curly Mahogany looks stunning...

ukuhippo
05-16-2012, 11:01 AM
I love the sparkly black plastic on my Dolphin.

UkueBass23
05-16-2012, 11:06 AM
For looks, I definitely like anything that starts with "spalted". Maple, mango, monkeypod, you name it.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-16-2012, 11:06 AM
I don't even consider it being a real uke unless it's made of koa.;)

wickedwahine11
05-16-2012, 11:12 AM
it is definitely curly koa, preferably blonde.

sim4lin
05-16-2012, 11:15 AM
I've got a trip to visit some old Air Force buddies and meeting at our old SAC base in Louisiana this summer.

Greetings Tudorp, I'm a "Big Stick" man myself. I was at Griffiss, NY through the 80's.
Back on topic... I like mahogany for a ukulele. It just looks right.

Tudorp
05-16-2012, 11:26 AM
Then I would assume you know what the acrynym "BUFF" is for? lol


Greetings Tudorp, I'm a "Big Stick" man myself. I was at Griffiss, NY through the 80's.
Back on topic... I like mahogany for a ukulele. It just looks right.

Colonel Uke
05-16-2012, 11:33 AM
Birdseye Maple

ukuhippo
05-16-2012, 11:47 AM
Then I would assume you know what the acrynym "BUFF" is for? lol

That's not a nice thing to say about guitars.

peewee
05-16-2012, 12:13 PM
I like the look of vertically arranged and grouped columns of wood. 37900

sim4lin
05-16-2012, 12:14 PM
Then I would assume you know what the acrynym "BUFF" is for? lol

Yeah, filthy monsters they are too. Still a fun job though.

Tudorp
05-16-2012, 12:19 PM
Loved em. Will always have a place in my heart for them. The only issue I had with them, was when the crew chiefs set off paint bombs in the wheel wells to get them white again. All our old wiring harnesses and markings were always covered in white paint. Made it tough to work our wiring issues when all the wires and numbers were all the same.. lol


Yeah, filthy monsters they are too. Still a fun job though.

Hippie Dribble
05-16-2012, 12:39 PM
if it's just aesthetics, then hands down, maple and walnut.

ItsMrPitchy
05-16-2012, 12:49 PM
I had to go with the popular choice and say koa.

bynapkinart
05-16-2012, 01:23 PM
I like the looks of a lot of these woods, but a beautiful piece of Koa is by far my favorite. I like mine with a little but of curl, but not too much...the smooth undulations of the grain running through soft curl is gorgeous to me, especially with the banding of different colors you sometimes get in Koa.

Looking at good Koa is like watching a beautiful sunset over and over and over again...I just never get tired of it and never want anything more.

By the way, Eric DeVine's ukes set the standard for koa for me...I've always wanted one and I don't think I'll be satisfied till I get one:

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/379432_187018308053537_100002361077475_392200_4026 86976_n.jpg

mm stan
05-16-2012, 01:42 PM
I recently saw a post on what is your favorite tone wood and that left me wondering what is your favorite looking wood
If You say favorite wood, ...I have to agree with Chuck....KOA any day any year any time....

weerpool
05-16-2012, 02:15 PM
Guitars still rules!!

Nickie
05-16-2012, 04:36 PM
I like the look of vertically arranged and grouped columns of wood. 37900

I agree, peewee, my favorite looking wood is still standing in the forest.
I sure did like the maple that most of my fiddle was made of.
Walnut is awful durn purdy, but so is mahogany. I drool looking at these koa ukes here.
Too many choices, let the trees live!

beginnerukeman143
05-16-2012, 05:12 PM
I know I'm a weirdie but Cocobolo is by far my favorite looking wood.. I have only even played a mahogany uke... so I don't know a lot about the sound