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    Default Is this Martin Koa or Mahogany?

    Looking for an expert opinion. Is this old Martin Koa or Mahogany. I thought it was M but seems too light in color and the grain seems different.

    S1 on the left for reference (new Mahogany).

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    I'm no expert, but that looks like mahogany to me.

    John Colter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    I'm no expert, but that looks like mahogany to me.

    John Colter.
    I definitely agree with John, looks like mahogany for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    I definitely agree with John, looks like mahogany for sure.
    Right. My koa ukes are considerably lighter (in color).
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    Yeap, a Martin Style 2M (mahogany).

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    Has that uke been re-finished at some time? It has a slightly strange look about it. It might be a photographic effect, but it doesn't look right to me.

    John Colter.

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    Cuban Mahogany?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukantor View Post
    Has that uke been re-finished at some time? It has a slightly strange look about it. It might be a photographic effect, but it doesn't look right to me.

    John Colter.
    John, these originally came in matte finish and as they age with play wear, the heavily used areas get glossy. I have a 2011 style 2K that I've played since I purchased new and it has the same patina and wear. Matte in some areas and the other areas glossy where contact and touched during playing. I think that might be what you're seeing.

    Jim
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    2009 Bean Sprout Banjolele
    2011 Martin Style 2K Soprano
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    2018 Martin Style 3 Centennial #2230085
    2018 Martin 1T IZ Tenor (#576)
    2018 Martin S1
    2018 Martin Konter Replica
    2018 Kamaka HP-1 Pineapple

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    Pretty sure that's mahogany.
    Obviously with woods, there could be some variation in darkness/lightness depending on the particular tree it came from.

    Sometimes it's the type of finish/stain that gives "mahogany" its perceived darker colour.
    Do a google search on "unstained mahogany" to find many examples of lighter coloured mahogany - some look as light as Koa.

    From the grain pattern, it definitely seems typical of mahogany.

    Koa tends to be figured or have more variation in its wood grain pattern.

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    Most Martin ukes I have seen had their Mahogany stained in a dark brown colour as in the pictures. Koa has more of an orange hue, though I am not sure if the Martin K models were stained or not.

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