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    Mahogany...….with a very nice tight grain

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    Guessing mahogany myself. I was at a ukulele music store this past weekend and saw koa and mahogany and they are very distinctive.

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    I'm pretty sure that's mahogany as others have suggested, Koa tends to be more golden than brown. Older ukes can take on that darker look but Koa tends to stay fairly golden and light.
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    Thanks everyone - I bought this as a mahogany Martin so I am happy. Just thought it looked lighter than the average Martin (well aged). Sounds nice and I will keep playing it happily.

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    Still learning about vintage ukes myself. Not sure how about old growth mahogany and how different it can be.

    Your post reminded me of another uke that I looked and looked... and looked at...

    Can others tell me if I was correct in thinking that this one was koa and not mahogany as listed?
    And if it was koa, would it be worth much more than a mahogany version?
    Always meant to ask someone knowledgeable...
    I came close to buying it but didn't pull the lever:

    Martin Style one uke 1920's 1920's Natural https://applink.reverb.com/item/6445...1920-s-natural
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 09-04-2019 at 08:05 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Still learning about vintage ukes myself. Not sure how about old growth mahogany and how different it can be.

    Your post reminded me of another uke that I looked and looked... and looked at...

    Can others tell me if I was correct in thinking that this one was koa and not mahogany as listed?
    And if it was koa, would it be worth much more than a mahogany version?
    Always meant to ask someone knowledgeable...
    I came close to buying it but didn't pull the lever:

    Martin Style one uke 1920's 1920's Natural https://applink.reverb.com/item/6445...1920-s-natural
    Looks like Mahogany to me. Nice patina and tight grain to it.
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    Its the NEW ukulele that looks a little suspect as Mahogany. Use the OLD Martin ukulele as your reference for Mahogany. The new one is suspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyg View Post
    Its the NEW ukulele that looks a little suspect as Mahogany. Use the OLD Martin ukulele as your reference for Mahogany. The new one is suspect.
    That's on of "the usual suspects"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Still learning about vintage ukes myself. Not sure how about old growth mahogany and how different it can be.

    Your post reminded me of another uke that I looked and looked... and looked at...

    Can others tell me if I was correct in thinking that this one was koa and not mahogany as listed?
    And if it was koa, would it be worth much more than a mahogany version?
    Always meant to ask someone knowledgeable...
    I came close to buying it but didn't pull the lever:

    Martin Style one uke 1920's 1920's Natural https://applink.reverb.com/item/6445...1920-s-natural
    Yes, the sellers description here is accurate. This is a Martin Style 1M (mahogany). I'll also add it looks to be in fantastic shape. It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like there's very little play wear and I don't see any cracks or finish checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragtop232 View Post
    Yes, the sellers description here is accurate. This is a Martin Style 1M (mahogany). I'll also add it looks to be in fantastic shape. It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like there's very little play wear and I don't see any cracks or finish checking.

    Jim
    Thx Jim and Ken.
    So the body (unlike the neck) of this one looked much more golden, and less... grainy (for lack of a better word) than mahogany to me. Especially when you compare it to Robin's uke above. There's a lot of flame on the sides.
    What is the distinguishing feature of mahogany versus koa in this case?
    What do you mean by "tight grain"?
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 09-05-2019 at 01:09 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
    Anuenue Khaya I sop
    Lanikai SPS-S spruce top sop
    Sawchyn hog concert (semi-custom, Martin 0 copy)
    Kala Elite 1MHG tenor SN
    Guild baritone, 1960's (trumpet buttons added, LOL)

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