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Thread: New Ono Koa Tenor - 18" Scale

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    Default New Ono Koa Tenor - 18" Scale

    This new tenor updates the classic Hawaiian look with some more current features:

    18" scale tuned to Bb using TI basses and Savarez trebles
    Torrefied Sitka spruce top
    Macassar ebony top bindings
    Side sound port
    Radiused ebony fretboard
    EVO gold frets
    K&K Aloha Twin pickup








    Last edited by saltytri; 10-04-2018 at 07:13 AM.

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    Wow, drop dead gorgeous David. How do you like the sound of torrified tops. Are you able to tell a difference, even if it is just "Hey that sounds real good".

    Another winner, well done
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Awesome!! I need to start planning my next ;-)

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    That is just stunning! Congrats David and the lucky new owner.

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    Beautiful! That’s a great looking ukulele. I love the details you selected.

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    Thanks, Dave! (and you other gents!)

    As always, we're out on a limb when we try to make a qualitative judgment about the effect of changing one of the many variables. But, of course, we do it all the time. So here goes.

    I've built several instruments with torrefied Sitka spruce. It's my impression that they have very good tone, certainly as good as or better than standard Sitka. They seem to have that right out of the gate. I don't know of any objective evidence to support this and as the estimable Dana Bourgeois observes, it still matters what you do with it:

    https://bourgeoisguitars.net/aged-tone-guitar-series/

    Assuming that the builder has a successful process for individually voicing each top and doesn't just slap on a .080" Sitka top and the same bracing every time, most or all of the instruments from a builder tend to have similar tone. Nothing about torrefied Sitka rather than other carefully selected Sitka will make a dramatic difference. The difference between a pretty good instrument and a really good instrument might be something like doing five things better by two percent each. Builders who want to make the best instruments they can make are always on the hunt for those small percentages and this could very well be one of them.
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    That’s a stunner for sure! Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SA Condor View Post
    That’s a stunner for sure! Nice work.
    Thank you, Condor. In addition to whatever tonal advantages that torrefied wood might have, it has a rich, mellow color that just looks right with koa and some other woods.

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    Amazing work, David.
    I'm reminded also of the words of another esteemed gentleman by the name of Cliff Edwards.
    "My Old Girl's My New Girl Now".

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    Gorgeous David!!! Love the color of the spruce, reminds me of the color of cedar. The binding and rosette are perfectly done, both make a statement but aren’t over the top. Just love the overall look.

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