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    Default Pono vs Ko’olau neck profile

    I was wondering if anyone here can tell me if the Ko’olau necks have the same chunky profile that pono necks do.

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    Slim neck on my 2009 concert.
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    Between three of us they have owned/own 5 Pono tenors and 3 Koolau tenors. The Koolau have a less chunky (shallower) neck profile.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Similar round profile, a little less chunky. I find it very comfortable.
    Enjoying instruments by - Beau Hannam - Jay Lichty - Jerry Hoffmann - Luis Feu de Mesquita - Kala - Kamaka - Kanile'a - KoAloha - Ko'olau - Moore Bettah - Pono - Romero Creations - and others

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    The Ko'olau necks are generally on the thinner side, but they usually aren't as thin as those of the likes of contemporary Kanile'a. Mine is maybe 1.2-1.5 mm thicker than a Kanile'a neck at the midpoint between the nut and first fret. As far as profile, the Ko'olau sports a slightly flattened C-shape profile.
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