Scott’s Koa Ukulele


This is another of the three custom ukulele’s built for my adult children. They selected the materials and headshape for their personal uke. It was a fun project to build a custom instrument for someone special.

This ukulele body is curly koa for back, sides, and top. Scott selected Macassar ebony binding, the abalone rosette, an ebony fretboard with small inlay dots, a slotted headstock with curly koa headplate and black stealth Gotoh tuners, and an ebony bridge. The finish is Royal-Lac shellac based finish.


Bracing pattern is the same as the other ukes – traditional three fan braces with a 0.8mm carbon fiber bridge plate. The monopole response is very similar to Tara’s and Rachel’s ukes @ 321 Hz.

The three ukulele’s sound very similar, which is reflected in the frequency spectrum’s. The soundboards were tuned by measuring deflection with a fixed weight. The bracing and top thicknesses were adjusted to yield the same deflection.