Choose the Right Ukulele Tonewood
Regardless of the choice of tonewood, choosing instruments with solid wood soundboards are a good start. Solid wood instruments take on the quality of the specific woods they are built from and are a major factor in the sound, appearance, and price of the instrument you buy. When unsure about what kind of ukulele to pick, solid wood is always a good choice.
Mahogany is among the most widely used woods for Ukuleles. It’s a reddish-brown tropical hardwood known for providing a well-balanced and moderate tone. A solid mahogany ukulele often emphasize bass and treble with more overtone coloration a "woody" sound.
Koa refers to a variety of woods in this family and literally translates to “warrior,” in Hawaiian. In general, Koa is lightweight and offers the crisp, clarity of maple and the warmth and thick tone found in Rosewood. Koa instruments may sound bright off the shelf, but the more they’re played, tones become richer, sweeter and more resonant, with a rich low end and well-rounded sparkle overall.
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Acacia is a species of tropical hardwoods whose tone is similar to Koa. Acacia is sometimes referred to as “Blackwood”, though not black in appearance. It features a woody tone that’s somewhere between Mahogany and Rosewood but with high nuances, which gives it a dry sound.
The first thing you will notice about mango wood is the attractive grain and appearance. While some players may hear a resemblance to Koa, Mango has an unusually warm sound, a deep, resonating bass, exceptionally good mid-range, long-lasting sustain, and a sonic clarity throughout a wide tonal spectrum.
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Maple is a very dense hardwood, which translates into faster note decay and less sustain. This density also gives it more projection and brightness than others. Maple tonewood also provides excellent separation allowing each individual note in a chord to sound clear without blurring together.