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BigD
05-12-2014, 03:21 PM
I made a thread earlier today about how i cant seem the right uke for me. So for that reason im putting this up for a trade to see what you folks have in store for me!! It is a solid koa tenor ukulele from Twisted Wood. They arent a household name as you know but they seem to be up and coming, John Butler from the John Butler Trio uses their products if that means much to ya. They are mainly known for their Weissenborn style guitars and all wood lapsteel instruments but they also make solid wood ukes. This is referred to as the " Banyan", a solid koa, 26" tenor. I also contacted the owner and made sure everything is as stated and he was more then accommodating. Ive seen on a couple of forums that it is most comparable to the kanile'a tenor.He mainly uses ebay and his etsy store to sell these,you can also find the official site if you simply type in TwistedWood dot com. Price for this brand new is 350 without shipping or bag of any sort. Honestly its a beautiful instrument. I probably should keep it but im getting the itch already for something different. Any reasonable offers will be considered, im not picky in any way to size shape or wood choice but i do prefer the tenor size if it came down to it. Thanks!!

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BigD
05-12-2014, 03:24 PM
I can also shoot another picture with my uu sn and date and such whenever you need i just didnt have it handy at the time. Also optional is a Gator gig bag/case that retails at around 50 bucks. Thank you!!

BigD
05-12-2014, 03:26 PM
66738 headstock picture

sonomajazz
05-13-2014, 04:37 AM
Where are these ukes made? Is it Hawaiian Koa?

Thanks...

sam13
05-13-2014, 05:53 AM
If you look for their site ... they are located in Alberta, Canada ... and the new retail price as stated is $350. I asked if this was CDN or USA dollars.

The site does not confirm if it is Hawaiian Koa. You could follow them on FB and ask if interested. Nice looking and their video offers a nice sample of the sound.

hawaii 50
05-13-2014, 06:22 AM
If you look for their site ... they are located in Alberta, Canada ... and the new retail price as stated is $350. I asked if this was CDN or USA dollars.

The site does not confirm if it is Hawaiian Koa. You could follow them on FB and ask if interested. Nice looking and their video offers a nice sample of the sound.

pretty sure it is acacia koa....as you would think they would advertise it as Hawaiian Koa if it was..it looks good though
right now US dollar worth 10% more than CAD...

BigD
05-13-2014, 09:17 AM
I can reemail the owner and ask him again of its hawaiin or acacia, or anyone can if they r interested, wouldnt b shocked if its acacia but it is still a great looking uke,and it rly does sound great. The sound itself is in no way the problem,it just doesnt feel right in my hands i like almost overly thick necks.

M3Ukulele
05-17-2014, 08:46 PM
Big D.......what are the tuners like? Is the neck profile pretty skinny is that what you don't like? I contacted builder who is about an 6-7 hr drive from where I live and asked if it was Acacia koa or Hawaiian Koa and he said the latter?.
Sound sample on line sounds good to me! Any more pics or specs?

Papa-Ooke
05-18-2014, 01:57 AM
Hey folks, I had also contacted Twisted Woods by email and ask if their ukes were solid wood. They replied very quickly and said the Banyan was solid AAA Koa. They also make a Zebra Wood Laminate for much less that looked really good. It looks like they want to be a serious contender.

Papa

sam13
05-18-2014, 02:37 AM
I also contacted the owner. Nice guy.

AAAA Hawaiian Koa
No Radius Necks - sorry DownUpDave lol
They are built off shore. Did not specify but he did say that it took two years to find some luthiers with climate controlled shop.

DownUpDave
05-18-2014, 06:04 AM
I also contacted the owner. Nice guy.

AAAA Hawaiian Koa
No Radius Necks - sorry DownUpDave lol
They are built off shore. Did not specify but he did say that it took two years to find some luthiers with climate controlled shop.

You had better just suck it up and bring the Cedar Ebony Pono with the radius neck to Corktown jam this week. I need to try it so I can understand what your love affair with radius necks are all about. Other than the fact you are a 6'8" and have fingers like ballpark franks lol

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-18-2014, 06:17 AM
I also contacted the owner. Nice guy.

AAAA Hawaiian Koa
No Radius Necks - sorry DownUpDave lol
They are built off shore. Did not specify but he did say that it took two years to find some luthiers with climate controlled shop.

Sorry, that is not 4A grade I am seeing it the picture. Not even close! Just trying to keep things honest.;)

sam13
05-18-2014, 06:32 AM
Hey Chuck,

Just rechecked the FB message ... you are right ... he mentioned it was AAA ... thanks.

hawaii 50
05-18-2014, 06:35 AM
Hey Chuck,

Just rechecked the FB message ... you are right ... he mentioned it was AAA ... thanks.

sorry but not even 3A...I have a Kamaka HF3S..with 3A Koa....
I would say it is standard grade Koa.....

but some say the not so curly plain Koa sounds better..... :)

sam13
05-18-2014, 06:37 AM
You had better just suck it up and bring the Cedar Ebony Pono with the radius neck to Corktown jam this week. I need to try it so I can understand what your love affair with radius necks are all about. Other than the fact you are a 6'8" and have fingers like ballpark franks lol

I have South Coast on it right now and it sings and sustains like no other uke I have tested. I loves my precious. My those strings do have a lot of tension and can really hurt after a bit.

That was a pretty funny dig ... I used to be 6'6" as I was growing up in the 80's but that was predominantly due to my Duran Duran hairstyle ... lots of gel!

I tried the MT and the ETSH5 back to back last night ... and the slight radius does make barring much easier and also puts less stress on the wrist ... but then again ... I could be playing all wrong cause the only person I have to compare my technique with is you and some other nubes at the Corktown jam ... lol.

sam13
05-18-2014, 06:41 AM
sorry but not even 3A...I have a Kamaka HF3S..with 3A Koa....
I would say it is standard grade Koa.....

but some say the not so curly plain Koa sounds better..... :)

Well ... he claims the wood is Hawaiian Koa 3A ... perhaps some of his other stuff is curlier.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
05-18-2014, 07:27 AM
sorry but not even 3A...I have a Kamaka HF3S..with 3A Koa....
I would say it is standard grade Koa.....

but some say the not so curly plain Koa sounds better..... :)

Your right Len, not even close to 3A. I would call that Select grade, maybe Select +. While it is only a cosmetic grading, the difference between select grade and 4A koa can be at least a few hundred dollars. But as you mentioned select grade has the potential to make a better instrument. The that is secondary to the buider's technique.

hawaii 50
05-18-2014, 08:20 AM
Your right Len, not even close to 3A. I would call that Select grade, maybe Select +. While it is only a cosmetic grading, the difference between select grade and 4A koa can be at least a few hundred dollars. But as you mentioned select grade has the potential to make a better instrument. The that is secondary to the buider's technique.


yes Chuck..I believe the builder the most Important....

the best ukes I have seen do have booth...nicest wood and sound/tone....all about the builders.... :)

the Koa on the TW is nice though....

katysax
05-18-2014, 08:30 AM
I have one of the Zebra wood concerts. I don't think the seller is particularly honest. On the plus side I will say that the uke, which appears to be equivalent to a decent asian made laminate has very good fit and finish and is actually finished better than a Kala or Lanikai. It also arrived well set up. The seller's web site is sort of fuzzy on where the ukes are made - implying that they are made in Canada, but when I called him he admitted they were made in China and "gone over" in his shop. I do believe him on the "gone over" part because the one I have is much cleaner and more perfect than your typical Asian uke.

However, it's also just a generic Asian uke. The actual construction is in some ways quite cheap and the bridge is bolted on. I'd say it's the equivalent of a Kala or an Islander overall. Not bad, but not a Canadian product and not as good as he tries to make it sound from the web site. The sound is more or less typical laminate, certainly not on the level of a laminate Kiwaya. I would expect at least good fit and finish on the Koa model. My guess is that it would be on a par with a Pono.

sam13
05-18-2014, 10:49 AM
I have one of the Zebra wood concerts. I don't think the seller is particularly honest. On the plus side I will say that the uke, which appears to be equivalent to a decent asian made laminate has very good fit and finish and is actually finished better than a Kala or Lanikai. It also arrived well set up. The seller's web site is sort of fuzzy on where the ukes are made - implying that they are made in Canada, but when I called him he admitted they were made in China and "gone over" in his shop. I do believe him on the "gone over" part because the one I have is much cleaner and more perfect than your typical Asian uke.

However, it's also just a generic Asian uke. The actual construction is in some ways quite cheap and the bridge is bolted on. I'd say it's the equivalent of a Kala or an Islander overall. Not bad, but not a Canadian product and not as good as he tries to make it sound from the web site. The sound is more or less typical laminate, certainly not on the level of a laminate Kiwaya. I would expect at least good fit and finish on the Koa model. My guess is that it would be on a par with a Pono.

Katysax,

Do you own a Pono?

With respect, I have three Pono's. the MT is head and shoulders above a Kala or Islander laminate. They are solid wood are beautifully made.

The Pro Classic is nicer than many of the K Brands: tone, sustain and workmanship. I was quite surprised. The K brands I tried were NEC: Not Even Close.

M3Ukulele
05-18-2014, 11:29 AM
Interesting comments from all......First, when I contacted "builder" I was left with impression that Banyan Koa uke was made in Canada. It appears it's another made in China which isn't a slam just a fact.......so a little misrepresentation. I was curious/interested because I thought made in Alberta and Koa. I did ask if acacia koa or Hawaiian Koa and was told AAA. I'm sure from others comments just plain grade koa which may be ok but.........not as advertised. I'm supposed to get close up pictures of their next batch which I assumed were built in Edmonton........just my observations

katysax
05-18-2014, 04:04 PM
To clarify. (a) I currently own a Pono soprano and previously owned both a tenor and a concert, and (b) I was saying that my laminated twisted wood is similar in quality to a Kala or an Islander. It's actually pretty good. What I was guessing was that the solid Koa would likely be similar to a Pono - that is based on the fact that my laminate reminds me in terms of neck and feel a bit of the Pono. I was not saying that the Pono = a laminate Islander or Kala.

I think the Twisted Wood seller would do better to be a bit more honest about his product. It's decent and they really do send out a nice clean uke, everything aligned, no glue bits dripped in the wrong place. But it is an Asian uke that's been cleaned up. They tend to imply they are made in Canada and made of better materials than they are.

BigD
05-18-2014, 04:25 PM
Wow this has gottin some attention lol. Everyone has done about as much research as i have and pretty much came to the same conclusion. Some of the things hes said may not be the truth, but honestly i wish he would because there is nothing wrong with this product at all. It has nice finish no glue trip nothing remotely wrong with it and it sounds really nice, i wish i had the gear to record better. Hes kinda shooting himself in the foot with it it seems. Im going to see if some of my musician buddies have the means for me to make a better sample and a nicer camera to get better pictures. it is pending sale right now though so we'll see if i even have it much longer! In my own opinion, this uke is worth at least what he is asking for it right now. Heres a pic in a little better lighting of the wood on the back

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BigD
05-18-2014, 04:26 PM
this is also all old android camera phone cell pics so not much i can do with that lol

BigD
05-18-2014, 04:30 PM
On a unrelated side note, just realized my name went from Member to Senior Member...yeah........:D

BigD
05-19-2014, 04:23 PM
Well this is back on the market so someone shoot me a pm if your interested :/

TWG's
05-20-2014, 08:19 AM
Hello,

This is the owner of TWG's

Our instruments are built in China and get reset up here in Alberta, Canada. The quality is absolutely fantastic. The only reason I’ve stated overseas in the past is we had a few companies in the beginning contact me to find out where my product was built. One larger company actually tried to steal my builder and cut off our supply of instruments.

I'm really shocked by the Koa comments. We pay extra for what is supposed to be Hawaiian AAA Koa, which it states on my invoices. I've attached a couple of photos of some grain patterns just for your reference.

That's what I've been told from day one, but I'm happy to look into this to ensure we are still receiving Hawaiian AAA Koa for our builds. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

We’re always here to answer any questions. And you can speak directly with me anytime. I started this company because of my passion for Hawaiian instruments and the people that follow them. Our love and care for our products and customers have made us successful, and we’ll continue to provide professional quality instruments at prices every musician can afford.

We love ukulele underground, feel free to contact me anytime.

Here is a review from one of our customers on this ukulele:

“The uke is beautiful! It's got the most figured Koa of all but one of my Hawaiian ukes. It compares very favorably to my $1000 Kanile'a K-1 Tenor in terms of sound and tone. I really like the thin taper neck profile, as it's different from any of my other ukes and reminds me of my Gibson SG '61 Reissue I used to own.”

- JD Jan. 2014


Peace and Love,
Tom W
Twisted Wood Guitars

tw@twistedwoodguitars.com

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