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billcarr
04-06-2013, 12:28 AM
Totally fascinated by my own curly Koa uke. Not only the sound but also the way the wood appears to be alive and move in waves as the light hits it at different angles.

Would be cool to see photos of other curly koa ukes. Here is mine.

Bill

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Raygf
04-06-2013, 01:06 AM
That is lovely koa! I heard someone doing a review for a shop use the term chatoyan (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant)t (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant) to describe the effect. It's a jeweler's term used to describe tiger's eye and other stones with a changeable luster. I think it's a very fitting term. My walnut and curly koa ukuleles are real gems to me.

wayfarer75
04-06-2013, 02:18 AM
Got lucky with my Kelii--the wood is fairly curly.
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=49621&d=1362247841

"Chatoyant" is a great word.

mm stan
04-06-2013, 02:38 AM
Wow Congrats all that are some nice ukes....makes me so jealous... :)

bluesuke
04-06-2013, 04:34 AM
That is lovely koa! I heard someone doing a review for a shop use the term chatoyan (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant)t (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant) to describe the effect. It's a jeweler's term used to describe tiger's eye and other stones with a changeable luster. I think it's a very fitting term. My walnut and curly koa ukuleles are real gems to me.

That is a Beautiful Glyph. Is that new? I don't remember seeing that on his website .

Raygf
04-06-2013, 05:02 AM
That is a Beautiful Glyph. Is that new? I don't remember seeing that on his website .

Thank you! It will be 2 years old in July. The picture does not do it justice. Here's a recent video with it. Watch in 720p. I consider myself very fortunate to own one of Dave's ukuleles and to have met him and consider him a friend. He lives 30 minutes from me. What a great guy. I wish he were taking orders, I would love a myrtle mezzo soprano Glyph. Maybe some day.

EDIT: People have been asking for a tab for this. I use the one at Dominator Ukulele Tabs. Thanks Dom! (I do not play it as written.)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA-Mh2PjCEw

Frax
04-06-2013, 05:35 AM
One of the most beautiful curly koa I've ever seen is the one made by Gérard. MUST see :

http://www.ukulele.fr/forum/index.php?topic=13935.msg151429#msg151429

My hugest mistake is I haven't purchased this beauty. And it's too late now...
I just love its waves, sweet honey tan :)


edit : I understand you guys, your curly koa babies are just awesome !!! :)

gerardg
04-06-2013, 06:04 AM
Thank's Frax.
Here my Soprano Pineapple, winter 2009-10 made...
O.P.F. (Danish Oil).
Love the way mahogany neck going darker with years...
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gerardg
04-06-2013, 06:15 AM
Love also this curly koa bookmatched headplate veener.
From a soprano longneck 16" scale, pineapple body...
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/7412/94060682.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/29/94060682.jpg/)

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hobblecreek
04-06-2013, 06:37 AM
Collings has three absolutely stunning custom Koa ukuleles on their website. I am lucky to own the UC3 they used for "regular" instrument photos.

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The Big Kahuna
04-06-2013, 06:43 AM
Collings has three absolutely stunning custom Koa ukuleles on their website. I am lucky to own the UC3 they used for "regular" instrument photos.

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Holy crap! Antique violin sunburst, my favourite finish on any instrument (ok, so it looks a bit stupid on a gong, but you know what I mean).

Anyway, my babies...first, the nicest piece of Koa laminate you'll see on a Fender NoHea:

http://www.thebigkahuna.co.uk/uke.jpg

And my other Uke:

http://www.thebigkahuna.co.uk/kanilea.jpg

Raygf
04-06-2013, 07:15 AM
That is very nice laminate on the Fender and a great big
+1
on this beauty!




And my other Uke:
http://www.thebigkahuna.co.uk/kanilea.jpg

wickedwahine11
04-06-2013, 07:22 AM
My Kamaka and Kamoa have some curl, and I would absolutely love a KoAloha tenor with some curl. My Kanilea is curly koa though.

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wmboy
04-06-2013, 07:45 AM
The most fascinating curls that I have seen are on Koa Kanilea K1C Premium. Bookmatched top and back have 3D curls running sideways and a deeper wood figuring layer beneath. My dealer saw two 八 figures, which stands for 8 in Chinese characters. Making it an almost compelling reason to buy this uke for display. Tone wise is very warm, mellow.
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Gadzukes!
04-06-2013, 07:58 AM
I've always lived this one from DeVine:

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The Big Kahuna
04-06-2013, 08:53 AM
The most fascinating curls that I have seen are on Koa Kanilea K1C Premium. Bookmatched top and back have 3D curls running sideways and a deeper wood figuring layer beneath. My dealer saw two 八 figures, which stands for 8 in Chinese characters. Making it an almost compelling reason to buy this uke for display. Tone wise is very warm, mellow.
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Oh man, that's unbelievably beautiful!

The Big Kahuna
04-06-2013, 08:55 AM
I'm pretty sure we aren't going to get a similar thread to this, asking for people to post Cedar pictures ;)

GASguy
04-06-2013, 09:00 AM
I know that there is koa out there with more curl, but I like the way my Kaneli'a super tenor looks; and since someone previously posting included walnut, I included my Kaneli'a flame walnut tenor.

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Patrick Madsen
04-06-2013, 09:08 AM
My Webber Baritone and wonderful Griffin Tenor

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-06-2013, 09:11 AM
Curly koa is nice to look at but don't be fooled by a pretty girl's face. Sometimes the plainer ones are a better match for you. There is a LOT to consider when choosing koa as a tone wood. Curl only satisfies the visual aspect. Some curly koa I see used on ukuleles are a disaster waiting to happen down the road.

ukestah
04-06-2013, 09:21 AM
Crappy pic, but its some decent koa!

http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u555/Dans_Ukes/KoaVento_zps22fd58c4.jpg

Gadzukes!
04-06-2013, 09:32 AM
Curly koa is nice to look at but don't be fooled by a pretty girl's face. Sometimes the plainer ones are a better match for you. There is a LOT to consider when choosing koa as a tone wood. Curl only satisfies the visual aspect. Some curly koa I see used on ukuleles are a disaster waiting to happen down the road.

I understand that curl can negatively affect sound, but can you elaborate on how it might cause problems down the road? Is it a structural issue?

urcuzzn
04-06-2013, 09:47 AM
in the raw
2 koa
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urcuzzn
04-06-2013, 09:53 AM
got koa?51471

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-06-2013, 09:54 AM
I understand that curl can negatively affect sound, but can you elaborate on how it might cause problems down the road? Is it a structural issue?

Both structural and tonal. Book matched wild grain patterns can fail at the seams as stresses work against each other. Tonally, curly koa can make an excellent choice as a tome wood but the builder really needs to know how to choose it and frequently your better choice will have more subtle grain patterns. I personally look for consistency of the of the curl patterns and stay away from that which has a lot of wide variation. Such wood is best left for jewelry boxes. There are exceptions of course, but in choosing tone woods it's most important to first consider the wood's other traits; density, strength, weight, how it was cut, etc. After that criteria has been satisfied then you can look at the visual aspects. Much extreme-grained koa fails the tonal tests. Of course everyone wants the wildest koa available and that's when it becomes a real challenge for the builder.

-Emma-
04-06-2013, 11:40 AM
I am new to this, so at the risk of sounding like a moron, does this koa have any curl?

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i320/fainty_girl/Kamaka_zps5142fb37.jpg

This is my latest uke...HMS said the body is made of "high grade, quarter sawn, solid Big Island Koa wood".

dkcrown
04-06-2013, 11:49 AM
Curly koa is nice to look at but don't be fooled by a pretty girl's face. Sometimes the plainer ones are a better match for you. There is a LOT to consider when choosing koa as a tone wood. Curl only satisfies the visual aspect. Some curly koa I see used on ukuleles are a disaster waiting to happen down the road.

I have to agree with Chuck on this. I bought this 2012 NAMM show uke second hand because it was a stunningly beautiful uke. But to my ear it was a dud sound wise so I sold it.
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/Kanileapremiumtenor002.jpg
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h368/dkcrown1/Kanileapremiumtenor010.jpg

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
04-06-2013, 11:57 AM
I am new to this, so at the risk of sounding like a moron, is this considered curly koa?

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i320/fainty_girl/Kamaka_zps5142fb37.jpg

This is my latest uke...HMS said the body is made of "high grade, quarter sawn, solid Big Island Koa wood".

Yes, that's curly and a lovely uke. Just by looking at that wood, my intuition tells me that with grain and color like that it has the potential to be a very nice sounding uke. The magic is all really in the hands of the builder, but it's nice to have a good start with good wood.

-Emma-
04-06-2013, 12:04 PM
Yes, that's curly and a lovely uke. Just by looking at that wood, my intuition tells me that with grain and color like that it has the potential to be a very nice sounding uke. The magic is all really in the hands of the builder, but it's nice to have a good start with good wood.

Thank you :)

wayfarer75
04-06-2013, 12:44 PM
I have to agree with Chuck on this. I bought this 2012 NAMM show uke second hand because it was a stunningly beautiful uke. But to my ear it was a dud sound wise so I sold it.

I haven't played a very curly koa uke like that, but I've seen plenty of videos. I definitely thought some ukes (not all) with beautiful wood like that sounded kind of "dead." Really a shame, too. My koa uke is curly but far from dead. It really rings.

Looks-wise, I like curly koa, but for some reason I really like the stripey, non-curly koa. I've seen a bunch of Kanilea ukes like that. I think they look great, esp with the satin finish.

Telperion
04-06-2013, 01:37 PM
It is certainly possible to have a tremendous sounding instrument with highly figured wood. Don't assume that because it's super curly that it will sound 'dead.' Chuck is absolutely correct in his assertion that it all comes down to the builder and their ability to select the right cut and differentiate based on tonal potential. There are so many examples of highly figured ukuleles that sound phenomenal - just look at Jake's Kamaka! (And, yes, I'm sure he can make anything sound great, but he just isn't going to play something simply because it looks nice.)

-Steve

dkcrown
04-06-2013, 02:30 PM
It is certainly possible to have a tremendous sounding instrument with highly figured wood. Don't assume that because it's super curly that it will sound 'dead.' Chuck is absolutely correct in his assertion that it all comes down to the builder and their ability to select the right cut and differentiate based on tonal potential. There are so many examples of highly figured ukuleles that sound phenomenal - just look at Jake's Kamaka! (And, yes, I'm sure he can make anything sound great, but he just isn't going to play something simply because it looks nice.)

-Steve

Agreed. My best sounding uke is my Moore Bettah Phoenix, and it has magnificently figured curly koa. I was merely pointing out that that particular Kanilea was somewhat lifeless.

As Chuck has said before, some people can tend to hear with their eyes when it comes to figured woods.

hawaii 50
04-06-2013, 02:41 PM
Crappy pic, but its some decent koa!

http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u555/Dans_Ukes/KoaVento_zps22fd58c4.jpg


nice Dan..now i really can't wait for mine

Steedy
04-06-2013, 03:29 PM
Here are a couple of Big Island Honu ukes I picked up from Mim after last year's Summer NAMM show. One's a Concert and the other is a Soprano. I believe Mim described the Soprano as some of the nicest-looking Koa that she had seen. They sound pretty good too.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/Big%20Island%20Ukes%20-%20July%202012/055.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b362/slawson3/Big%20Island%20Ukes%20-%20July%202012/057.jpg

Since I'm currently almost flat broke, I better stay away from Summer NAMM this year! :)

AndrewKuker
04-06-2013, 04:42 PM
got this in today and was snapping shots earlier. so curly
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hawaii 50
04-06-2013, 04:53 PM
Andrew is that log # 52 wow!

mds725
04-06-2013, 05:58 PM
There's some amazing-looking koa out there! This is a 2005 Kamaka tenor I bought in July 2011 at Gryphon strings in pristine condition. Not so much curly as wavy or drape-like.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26295&d=1312071052

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=26293&d=1312071050

hawaii 50
04-06-2013, 06:22 PM
got koa?51471


Nice stash Peter..

coolkayaker1
04-06-2013, 06:33 PM
My curly koa Pohaku...not too often one sees a curly baritone.514915149251493 Even the back, sides and headstock have more curl than old cottage cheese. 51494 Thank you, Peter.

toomauch
04-06-2013, 06:36 PM
This curly Koa sounds great. I think the builder knew what he was doing. Rick Turner / Jake Maclay

hawaii 50
04-06-2013, 07:53 PM
This curly Koa sounds great. I think the builder knew what he was doing. Rick Turner / Jake Maclay

Hey did you get that from Mim..
I have the exact same Koa,,he must of gotten the Koa from the same billet..Rick built it for me middle of 2012..

nice!

Frax
04-06-2013, 08:49 PM
Because I haven't posted any pics from Gérard's instruments... God I love it.
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/2954/dscn0242u.jpg

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/3386/dscn0244xb.jpg

Aldrine Guerrero
04-06-2013, 11:17 PM
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Here's my first Kanile'a ukulele "Mary Jane" :D

Raygf
04-06-2013, 11:43 PM
This curly Koa sounds great. I think the builder knew what he was doing. Rick Turner / Jake Maclay

My goodness. That is some mighty fine curl!

Nickie
04-07-2013, 12:57 AM
[QUOTE=Raygf;1234913]That is lovely koa! I heard someone doing a review for a shop use the term chatoyan (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant)t (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant) to describe the effect. It's a jeweler's term used to describe tiger's eye and other stones with a changeable luster. I think it's a very fitting term. My walnut and curly koa ukuleles are real gems to me.[/QUOTE

wow, not to insult anyone else, but that's the first A'Nue A'Nue I've ever seen that I liked!

Nickie
04-07-2013, 12:59 AM
Collings has three absolutely stunning custom Koa ukuleles on their website. I am lucky to own the UC3 they used for "regular" instrument photos.

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wow, curled and burled!

toomauch
04-07-2013, 04:45 AM
Hey did you get that from Mim..
I have the exact same Koa,,he must of gotten the Koa from the same billet..Rick built it for me middle of 2012..

nice!

Mine is an '07. Bob Hope neck, brother to the one Rick plays with his band "Uke Ellington."
Its has a very complex tone character. I really love it. It gets all my Uke time.

Raygf
04-07-2013, 05:16 AM
[QUOTE=Raygf;1234913]That is lovely koa! I heard someone doing a review for a shop use the term chatoyan (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant)t (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chatoyant) to describe the effect. It's a jeweler's term used to describe tiger's eye and other stones with a changeable luster. I think it's a very fitting term. My walnut and curly koa ukuleles are real gems to me.[/QUOTE

wow, not to insult anyone else, but that's the first A'Nue A'Nue I've ever seen that I liked!

Hi Nickie, The koa tenor is a Glyph (http://www.glyphukulele.com) and the walnut is a mya-moe.

hawaii 50
04-07-2013, 06:40 AM
Mine is an '07. Bob Hope neck, brother to the one Rick plays with his band "Uke Ellington."
Its has a very complex tone character. I really love it. It gets all my Uke time.


Wow I never thought that Rick had my Koa in his shop since then..
I have seen Rick's Koa CR but the Koa looks different,thanks for the info..I appreciate even more what Rick did for me

I have a Macassar and sinker Redwood top CR on order now..I will say Hi for you next time I talk to Rick..thxs

toomauch
04-07-2013, 08:02 AM
Wow I never thought that Rick had my Koa in his shop since then..
I have seen Rick's Koa CR but the Koa looks different,thanks for the info..I appreciate even more what Rick did for me

I have a Macassar and sinker Redwood top CR on order now..I will say Hi for you next time I talk to Rick..thxs


You should ask Rick for the history of where your wood came from. I don't know if it's from the same batch of koa. He told me about mine because ours are the same.
Yours may look the same but he is the only one who can tell you for sure. There is a lot of pretty wood out there and Rick knows how to find it! :)

Dan Uke
04-07-2013, 09:16 AM
Here's my curly koa from my Kamaka

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hawaii 50
04-07-2013, 09:20 AM
Here's my curly koa from my Kamaka

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Nice Koa Daniel..never saw pictures of it before..what did Kamaka say about the bridge..do you have to send it back?

Dan Uke
04-07-2013, 09:32 AM
Nice Koa Daniel..never saw pictures of it before..what did Kamaka say about the bridge..do you have to send it back?

Thanks, I like honey koa.

I took it to to them when I was in Hawaii and they said it won't be an issue and I could change it if I want. I'll think about doing it later if I ever decide to change the Shaller tuners to the Gotoh UPT.

tattwo
04-07-2013, 10:05 AM
Here is a concert we our working on with its first coat of pore fill

hawaii 50
04-07-2013, 08:26 PM
Mine is an '07. Bob Hope neck, brother to the one Rick plays with his band "Uke Ellington."
Its has a very complex tone character. I really love it. It gets all my Uke time.

check out the "ukulele porn" on the uke talk page and got to page 132 my CR there..let me know if it looks the same thxs

guitharsis
04-08-2013, 12:12 AM
Here's my curly koa from my Kamaka

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Similar to my Kamaka 3A Concert. How difficult would it be to change the tuners to Gotoh UPT?

Dan Uke
04-08-2013, 05:22 AM
Similar to my Kamaka 3A Concert. How difficult would it be to change the tuners to Gotoh UPT?

Not difficult for a luthier but they will have to plug the screw holes and then refinish. That is why I want to do it all at once directly with Kamaka.

guitharsis
04-08-2013, 08:53 AM
Thanks. I'm sure that would be the best way.