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Thread: My custom ordered Kimo Koa Tenor Ukulele - The New York Minute Koa Tenor Ukulele

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    Default My custom ordered Kimo Koa Tenor Ukulele - The New York Minute Koa Tenor Ukulele

    As much as I am a newbie in the Ukulele circle, I have been a guitar player for quite a few years, hence the name "Crazyguitar" ! I have owned numerous guitars, to date I have approx. 30 guitars in my collection, ranging from Martins, Gibsons, Larivee and Lowdens to guitars from custom shops like Webber, Tippin, Woolson..+++ plus Archtop Jazz guitars and solid bodies +++

    I humbly confess that I have a serious case of G.A.S. ! In Jan. 2018, I was infected with U.A.S. !! I now have 2 Ponos, ATSH PC and a RSTH5 S PC. This wasn't quite enough, I need a custom built ! I needed to find a luthier that I can agree with his building concepts and within a reasonable affordability $$ level....my search started and I found Hank Johnson, "luthier extraordinary" of Kimo Ukulele in San Diego, California. Got on the phone with Hank and I asked him about his building concepts...from wood tones selection to building style, braces, neck shapes...I wanted my ukulele to be super responsive, have guitar like resonances and super playability up and down the neck. After multiple phone conversations, I decided that Hank is the luthier to build me what I wanted.

    3 months to custom build my tenor ukulele...wow...I have waited close to 2 years for a custom build guitar !!

    The day finally came, my custom build Kimo Koa Tenor Ukulele was a reality..just as I have asked for, a very lively and beautifully voiced instrument. Weighing in at 1 lb. 9 oz. Very comfortable neck, superb playability and masterfully build musical instrument with precision and even more important, with "real love" and "passion".

    Reward yourself ! check out http://www.kimoukulele.com speak to Hank and have him build you your dream uke.

    Presenting "The New York Minute Koa Tenor Ukulele" :

    All Koa top, sides and back. (Thank you Hank for this beautiful Koa set)
    Spalted Tamarind neck. (Masterfully shaped, great playability)
    Tenor size
    Ebony fingerboard and string through bridge
    Abalone and Rosewood binding with Fuschia purfling.
    Abalone rosette.
    Flower inlay in the fingerboard.
    Side side port
    Bone nut and saddle
    Gotoh UPT tuners
    Koa facial and Burlwood back on headstock.
    Misi pickup.

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    Congrats CG that's an awesome looking uke! Can you post some larger images? I'm sure there will be plenty here who would like to take a closer look at that stunning Koa!
    All the best,
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    Here are some more images, very pretty
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    and some more;
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    and more..............
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    A big THANK YOU to Campbell for helping out with the pics.

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    This a great looking Tenor. Congratulations Crazyguitar.
    Tenor: Kinnard, Mya Moe 2052, Mya Moe Resonator 1581
    Concert: Hoffmann ML, Oceana Slothead Cutaway, LoPrinzi Nova MS-C, Kanile'a KPA C, Kiwaya KMC-K, Pono RC-C-PC, KoAloha Mango, Bruce Wei Hummingbird, Waterman KA CWB
    Soprano: Lanikai LU-21(Starter uke!), Kamaka Pineapple 100th Anniversary, Maui Music SK-41 "Pre-Fire", Romero Creations XS, Ohana SK 50G, Zimnicki #20, Makayla Dolphin, Fred Shields Oval, KoAloha KSM-02 (Long Neck), Barron River
    Mini: iUke Piccolo, Fred Shields Pocket

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    Congratulations on some awesome looking koa. Hank really does wonderful work, he has a good artistic eye and the skills to bring everything together. You have a nice growing stable of tenor ukes there, only 27 more to match your guitar collection,
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Congratulations on a STUNNING ukulele!
    I had the pleasure of holding an playing a Kimo custom ukulele not long ago.
    It made quite an impression on me, it was as beautiful as yours and sounded like a dream.
    I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and I can't recall seeing more beautifully figured koa than
    on those two Kimos. Its very impressive.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Kimo has definitely joined the ranks of the elite ukulele makers. Or maybe he's just finally getting recognized as such. Congrats!
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