We met luthier Mitsuta Morihiko through Kyas - a world renowned ukulele artist. Mitsuta was born in Kure, Japan and started making ukuleles in 2001. Mitsuta's Mount Fuji-voiced brace design produces clear and warm ukulele tones. His unique design and perfection to work attracts top ukulele players.
Bird UT 5K used Hawaiian Koa as a top, back and side wood.
Hawaiian Koa - Hawaiian Koa is native to Hawaii, and famous for its exquisite appearance. This type of tonewood is influenced by the age of the tree, the soil and even the level of elevation it grows in. These variances create darker grain patterns adding horizontal and vertical texture; and this color and striping creates the 3D like curly, tiger, flame appearance. When played, Koa produce a sweet warm mid-range and thicker luscious highs. With time Koa will unleash comprehensively stunning warmer overtone.
Top, back and sides are all solid wood. aNueNue uses wood that has been naturally air dried wood and are season for many years before even being put into production. All our solid woods are used for our high end pieces. All aNueNue’s solid wood pieces require time to open up and will develop an overall distinguished more complex harmonic tone quality.
The rosette with Spalted-Maple, and abalone heart inlay was designed for the elegant look. The Flame Maple binding was added for better protection to the body.
The 5K Koa Bird Series has classical headstock design made with a ebony veneer in abalone heart logo. The Japanese Gotoh custom tuners with 1:15 gear ratio for precise tuning.
Ebony is a hard dense tone wood with silky smooth feeling. It's a stable wood to be a fretboard, adds brightness to the tone, and faster attack. Fretboard has abalone heart inlays. The 20-frets design allows for endless tonal possibilities.
Bridge / Saddle
The ebony bridge helps support the string tension. The buffalo bone for the nut which is very hard and articulate. This helps the strings to vibrate and to have a deep resonance. The compensated saddle designed to provide the accurate intonation and produce the correctly pitched note.