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    Default NUD: L.Luthier Le Koa tenor ukulele

    Hi all. Just wanted to share some love of a lesser-known brand L.Luthier (Malaysia). I pick up L.Luither Le Koa tenor ukulele from reverb a couple weeks ago. The brand was pretty unknown to me but I have been eyeballing it for a while due to its really great price for a Koa ukulele with a ton of bells and whistles (binding, purfling, soundport, gloss with satin neck). The uke has a really cool design with an off-centered soundhole (looks very similar to the Kanile'a D series). And larger wider body tenor body. I had found only 1 sound sample on youtube but it sounded like it had some good volume, nice tone, and was very resonant.

    What made me pull the trigger was I chatted with another UU member that picked up a hog version (mahogany) and he loved it. Decided to pull the trigger and took about a week to get from Malaysia. Ya getting stuff from overseas can be nerve-racking and I wasn't sure how to return it if I didn't like it.

    When I got the uke my initial thoughts were this is beautiful. It has some curly koa and nice sap on the back and front of the uke. The uke has curly maple bindings around the body and on the sides of the fretboard. Something that the vendor didn't list was that the uke has a radius fretboard and active pick (piezo and mic). Big win! The uke is a little bit heavier than my other ukes. Not sure if it's the build or maybe the combination of the build plus the electronics. The action was a little bit high so I ended up sanding down the saddle a bit to drop it.

    As far as sound. The uke sounded good but tight right out of the box. I try not to jump to conclusions with sound because it's rare that I am amazed right when I get a uke (with the exception of my MoonBird Cedar top). I swapped out the savarez strings with Joel's uke logic soft tension low g strings. After playing it for a couple of weeks it really has begun to sing. The uke has very good tone with nice resonance. Sounds really good in the mids (what is expected from koa). The volume is also very good.

    For the money, this is a very good uke, especially if you are looking for a quality koa uke for less than $800 (maybe less because they take offers on reverb.com).

    thought I would give L.Luthier some love and share my thoughts with the UU community. I tried to share my thoughts with my wife but she was not impressed that I had bought another ukulele. lol

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    Nice! Interesting body shape. That lower bout looks rather wide, how wide is it? Looks like it would put out great volume. Enjoy!
    John

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    That's great! I love unusual designs.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Congrats!
    You can always share you new uke day posts with us, we'll be impressed!
    I love the contrasting sapwood in this uke, it really is very pretty. I hope you play the heck out of it. You'll love the radius fretboard....
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    That looks fabulous. I love the asymmetry everywhere on the top. The shape of the body reminds me of aNueNue Bird ukes. The soundhole is indeed similar to the Kanile'a D shaped soundhole. The bridge is similar to aNueNue as well except it's really nicely asymmetrical. Congrats.

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    Thanks everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Nice! Interesting body shape. That lower bout looks rather wide, how wide is it? Looks like it would put out great volume. Enjoy!
    Yes the lower bout is wide (10 inches). Wider than my Mood Bird and my Super tenors. Uke came with a nice padded gig back but I wanted a hard case. It didn't fit most of the hard cases (for my other ukes) but it does fit my Mood Bird case but I have to squeeze it in. Yes it does put out some great volume. Thanks!!

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