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    Default KoAloha fretboard material

    Hi, quick question... specifically for a tenor, are there any tonal differences (or other significant differences) between the standard KoAloha with rosewood fretboard and the 100% koa KoAloha with koa fretboard (the blond looking fretboard, which I think is koa)?

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    I don't know from Koaloha but have heard the fretboard material has no tonal affects. I could be wrong ( it happened once ) if some one believes otherwise please correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uke2020 View Post
    Hi, quick question... specifically for a tenor, are there any tonal differences (or other significant differences) between the standard KoAloha with rosewood fretboard and the 100% koa KoAloha with koa fretboard (the blond looking fretboard, which I think is koa)?
    I have heard people say that fretboard material does impact the tone and volume of a ukulele. This may contribute to some ukes sounding duller or brighter than others. That said, I have not experienced any noticeable differences with KoAlohas. Both of my KoAlohas have Koa fretboards, but I have played their rosewood models. All sound about the same to me. That said, KoAloha is noted for how consistent their sound is across their models.

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    If you hear a difference between two Koaloha tenors, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the fretboard material.
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    the type of fretboard use is completely irrelevant IMO. its all cosmetics. maybe 1.5% impact the overall "tone". i think youre question should be, which is more comfortable to play , now thats a wjhole another ballgame.

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    fretboard material has a pretty big impact on guitar tone, so maybe less on a shorter neck like a soprano uke, maybe slightly more on a tenor... but ya, it does do something even if not noticeable to most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepetergal View Post
    If you hear a difference between two Koaloha tenors, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the fretboard material.
    +1 on this. The string rests on the metal fret. It does not come in contact with the fretboard.

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    the string is also tied to the bridge and has no contact with the soundboard... just saying
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjoeuke View Post
    the string is also tied to the bridge and has no contact with the soundboard... just saying
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    I read on a guitar forum that harder woods for fretboard can increase sustain. Not sure how much of a factor it is though compared to all the other factors affecting sustain.

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