View Full Version : Does National Make Koaloha Necks?

12-06-2013, 10:42 PM
I know this sounds like an odd question, but I was just watching a documentary on National Resophonic guitars. They were showcasing their CNC machines (It appears they build almost everything CNC). They made some necks and then all of a sudden I see the crown headstock and unique heel of a koaloha ukulele (This made me miss my Koaloha concert a great deal...it was a wonderful instrument). Was anyone else aware that the necks were made by National?
You can see the necks being made at the 47:47 mark. It is a fascinating documentary by the way.


Screen cap of the completed CNC neck. 61621

12-07-2013, 01:44 AM
I have no idea about the neck but thanks for posting the link to this video. I own a couple national guitars and this video told me more about them than I ever knew before.

Skinny Money McGee
12-07-2013, 03:29 AM
Sure looks like Koaloha necks to me. Koaloha is probably not the only company they make parts for. They have some pretty impressive machinery. Thanks for posting the video.

12-07-2013, 06:47 AM
It is my understanding that National does make necks for KoAloha.
What I like about CNC necks is they are all the same.
I have some Larrivee guitars and every neck feels the same, they are CNC as well.
Vintage Martins and Gibsons are great guitars, but the hand shaped necks varied a bit even on the same model.

12-07-2013, 08:33 AM
I definitely don't have a problem with the necks being CNC. It helps with consistency and speed. Did you see how many they were doing at a time in the video? It does make me wonder if koaloha has anyone else making parts for them.