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    Anyone heard of this brand? http://kelaliuke.com/

    Saw a pineapple koa/cedar Kelali on eBay for $275.00, didn't say whether solid or lam, so I assumed lam.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pineapple-C...oAAOSw1RhdRyK6
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    I have never heard of them, but depending on the build quality, it seems like a bargain.
    It is apparently made in USA.

    From one of the photos on the eBay page (5th photo), the top appears to be SOLID whereas the back and sides are laminate


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    What about that photo says laminate back and sides to you? The top looks like solid spruce, the back looks like solid mahogany, and the sides look like mahogany, but there is no way to tell whether it is solid or not.

    Looking at the website, it looks like a hobby builder. If that's the case, I would imagine it would be all solid. However, I would be a bit careful buying from a hobby builder because you won't get the same quality of finish that you would get from a professional, or even a mass-production factory. For example, that sound board does not look like it's an even thickness to me. I bought one from a (different) hobby builder a while ago, and while it looked great in the photos, I had to spend quite a bit of money to get it playable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Anyone heard of this brand? http://kelaliuke.com/

    Saw a pineapple koa/cedar Kelali on eBay for $275.00, didn't say whether solid or lam, so I assumed lam.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pineapple-C...oAAOSw1RhdRyK6
    Funny, but I have the same two Skil tools and even the yellow Dewalt storage box. If only I had his skill (No pun intended). So, we have another K brand to choose from.

    I see he's in California, and his name is Kevin Keith. I hope his middle name isn't Karl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    What about that photo says laminate back and sides to you? The top looks like solid spruce, the back looks like solid mahogany, and the sides look like mahogany, but there is no way to tell whether it is solid or not.

    Looking at the website, it looks like a hobby builder. If that's the case, I would imagine it would be all solid. However, I would be a bit careful buying from a hobby builder because you won't get the same quality of finish that you would get from a professional, or even a mass-production factory. For example, that sound board does not look like it's an even thickness to me. I bought one from a (different) hobby builder a while ago, and while it looked great in the photos, I had to spend quite a bit of money to get it playable.
    If you look carefully at the cross section of the back-wood, you can see that it is a laminate (there is a thin outer layer, separate from a thicker inner layer).
    If the back is laminate, then presumably the sides are of the same laminate.

    But it isn't the best photo, and I'm not 100% positive. It could be the lighting... but if I really squint hard at it, I can see that 2nd band as a laminate would have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kissing View Post
    If you look carefully at the cross section of the back-wood, you can see that it is a laminate (there is a thin outer layer, separate from a thicker inner layer).
    If the back is laminate, then presumably the sides are of the same laminate.

    But it isn't the best photo, and I'm not 100% positive. It could be the lighting... but if I really squint hard at it, I can see that 2nd band as a laminate would have.
    You've got a good eye. I think you might be right!

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