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    Default 1969 gold label Kamaka Tiki concert

    I have for sale the elusive 1969 gold label Kamaka Tiki concert.

    I don't see a date stamped (faded?), but Kamaka only made the Tiki for a couple of years, and the gold label Tiki was only made in 1969, just before Kamaka switched to white label.

    No cracks, lots of nice subtle curl in a one piece golden koa front, plainer back with shirt button scratches. There is mild fret wear. It has a recent pro set up (St. Paul Guitar) with low action all the way up the fretboard and Freemont fluorocarbons.
    Volume is big and tone is dream like. This uke is feather light and has that wonderful slender handcarved neck and heel.

    I'd sell this one in an older (Kala?) hard tweed case for $900 plus shipping. ($50 more if you prefer the $80 Crossrock 800 case it's currently in.) Or, reduced shipping with no case and lots of bubble wrap.

    Price is firm. These are rare and highly collectible - I think I have it priced right:
    One with three big soundboard cracks sold on Ebay on 12/7/18 for $799. (Search "Tiki Kamaka Koa Ukulele".
    A gal on FMM has a minty white label Tiki listed right now at $1600.

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    Last edited by ukeinfused; 04-17-2019 at 04:10 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    More pics.
    The back is quite dark and different, esp in certain light.
    I've entertained the thought that it might be monkey wood or another? Maybe someone here knows.

    [EDIT 4/19/19: Per Kamaka, this is all koa, see Lono's later post on this thread.]

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    Last edited by ukeinfused; 04-19-2019 at 01:31 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    You might try contacting the OP here: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...a-Tiki-Concert

    Not sure if they ever found a Kamaka Tiki, but may be worth a PM.
    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    Quote Originally Posted by YogiTom View Post
    You might try contacting the OP here: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...a-Tiki-Concert

    Not sure if they ever found a Kamaka Tiki, but may be worth a PM.
    Thx. Lots of correspondence and photos with Lono actually instigated this sale.
    S/he wants a prettier back. I wonder if Kamaka made them with flamey backs in 1969?
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 04-17-2019 at 09:47 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Thx. Lots of correspondence and photos with Lono actually instigated this sale.
    S/he wants a prettier back. I wonder if Kamaka made them with flamey backs backs in 1969?
    Good to know; I remembered seeing a “looking for” post recently.

    It’s a very pretty uke, as is. I’m sure some extra curl/flame is worth seeking out, but as you point out it is hard to know how many are still around at all.

    Best of luck with the sale!
    Current UAS fallout:

    Ohana SK-21A — ‘10s L. Nunes Ukulele 0 Hawaii Soprano — ‘60s Kamaka ‘Keiki’ Soprano — ‘70s Kamaka White Label Soprano — Blue Frog Soprano — aNueNue Moon Bird US200 — Ohana SK-30L — Cocobolo Concert #382 (teak!) — Outdoor Ukulele Carbon Tenor — ‘50s Harmony Baritone


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    Teaching Music Together since 2019

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    Another fabulous uke!

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    Thx, Teri.
    I am a miserable photographer and this one is prettier in person...
    Jon thinks I need better lighting!
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    These photos really are not that bad!! Lighting always helps with photography though. I used to pretend to take pictures before I pretended to play the ukulele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jddewitt81 View Post
    These photos really are not that bad!! Lighting always helps with photography though. I used to pretend to take pictures before I pretended to play the ukulele.
    Thx for your encouragement, Jon.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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    No opinion from this opinionated community about whether the back is koa (maybe it's just not quartersawn?)?
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype sop, Peter Howlett #153
    Kamaka white label sop (Tiki added!)
    Weymann sop, 1918
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Laughlin 3K concert, 1999
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG concert
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Koaloha tenor
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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