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Thread: Building in progress "Kimo super concert"

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    Default Building in progress "Kimo super concert"

    About one month ago I purchased a used Kimo tenor uke made by custom builder Hank Johnson. It has a curly koa top with flamed maple back and sides, radius fretboard, side sound port, UPT tuners, all the stuff I love. I did a NUD post on it saying how pleased I was with not only the looks and workmanship but the sound and playability as well.

    My admiration for this uke has only grown over time so I decided to commission a super concert. Hank offers a radius which is very rare on this size of uke but important to me. A side sound port comes standard as well as UPT tuners.

    I wanted a redwood top but was undecided about the back, either myrtle or walnut. Hank not only has an excellent stash of wood but has access to a lot of really primo stuff. He showed me many pictures of many different sets. It came down to one myrtle and one walnut. Hank said the walnut tap toned better, rang out more with greater sustain and brightness, sold, I love walnut.

    We did the same exercise for the top and chose a great sounding and looking piece of sinker redwood. The first picture shows the walnut back, one half with a light application of lacquer to show what the walnut will really look like when finished

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    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Lets have some fun with some of the different tops Hank showed me. You can choice the one you like best. I have already made my choice but this is always illuminating.

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    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Congrats - it looks like another amazing acquisition! Redwood and walnut sounds like a great mix.
    All of the tops look good - hard to pick, but I kind of like the the one on the right of the second picture.
    Looking forward to the NUD.

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    I have a walnut guitar, it has a very cool voice. I think this Uke will too, very nice choice.

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    Congratulations on this build, the walnut is stunning—love the pops of red! I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the choices of redwood, particularly in the second photo. It depends on what overall look you’re going for, but I’d probably opt for the lighter set on the left so as not to compete with the back and sides. But the set on the right is pretty too. Tough choice!

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    Congrats Dave. I really liked your Tenorfrom same builder. . The walnut grain is stunning. Can’t wait to hear and see finished product. I’d like hear and read your review on long neck concert. I ‘ve been interested in them for a bit but have never played one. I’m a tenor guy but long neck concert seem cool. Look forward to you comments on the new build and the whole long neck concert thing. Pro and cons and feel.

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    What a nice thing to have in your future!

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    It's looking great so far Dave. I would pick the set on the left in the second pic. It looks like the sap wood stripe in the center might tie in with the walnut back and sides. Tough to tell color wise though, without any finish on it.

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    Wow, that's some really pretty wood! Can't wait to see the finished product.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    After having tried all the sizes, myself, (except sopranino), my main players are now long neck concerts & small bodied tenors - so I know exactly where you're coming from - looks like it is going to be a really nice uke.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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