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Island Ukulele – Concert Ukulele (2)
This is a concert ukulele made on Kauai by Island Ukulele. The body is Koa wood.
It has an abalone inlay of the island of Kauai on the head, and "Island Ukulele" and Turtles on the fret board.
Below you can see more pictures of this ukulele. The pictures are of this ukulele.
Koa wood changes it appearance with changes in lighting. Light and dark areas can switch depending on how you hold the ukulele. We try to capture the ukulele as best we can in the photos. Unless you come to Kauai you can not hold or play the ukulele first.
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Description- Island Ukulele Concert (2)
Dimensions- Length- 62cm / Width 19.6cm / Depth 6.5cm-7.5cm / Frets 3.9.cm-4.5cm
Specs- Frets : 16 / Strings : 4 / Curly : No / Inlay : Kauai shape on Head, and "Island Ukulele" and Turtles on Fret Board
Wood- Body : Koa / Neck : Mahogany / Fret Board : Ebony / Bracing : Spruce / Keys : Grover
Island Ukuleles are hand made on the Island of Kauai by Raymond Rapozo.
He makes Ukuleles in four sizes. (Standard, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone) He also makes Guitars.
He makes the Ukuleles mostly by himself so he doesn't make a great quantity of them. They are actually made by Raymond not just in his shop.
He uses Koa for the bodies of the Ukuleles, ebony for the fret boards and Mahogany for the necks.
He likes to do inlay work on the Ukuleles with abalone and mother of pearl shell. Mainly on the fret board and around the sound hole and around the face.
Usually 4 strings 6 and 8 strings are made too.
Standard through Tenor are common. The Baritone ukulele is not made very often.
Sizes for Island Ukulele.
・Standard：Length = 54.8 cm
・Concert：Length = 62 cm
・Tenor：Length = 70.3 cm
Not all ukuleles are the same size and shape. The sizes are similar though.
This is the smallest of the ukuleles that are made. They are good for small people or those that just want to play a small instrument.
Larger than the Standard. It has a deeper and louder sound.
This is the favored ukulele for hawaiian entertainers. It is larger with deeper louder sound. It is also often made in 6 string and 8 string versions.
Ukuleles usually have four strings. They are usually made of nylon. The low g has a wound string.
On Concert size 6 string is available.
On Tenor size 6 and 8 string are also available.
The 6 and 8 strings have some wound strings.
Another popular shape was that of the pineapple ukulele. This had and oval body that resembled that of a pineapple. They are still sometimes made.
The amount of curve on the ukulele varies from maker to maker and they some times change their shapes.
Ukuleles have been made out of many different materials.
Wood is by far the most common. Koa is a Hawaiian hardwood that is very good for ukuleles.
Island ukuleles usually have a Koa body, Mahogany neck, Ebony fretboard, and Spruce for the braces and kerfed lining.
Grades of Koa
Normal - No noticeable curl.
Medium Curly - Some about half curly.
Full Curly - All curly.
Super Deluxe - All curly with very distinct stripes.