Guitar/ Ukulele Wood Drying and Storage
We carefully inspect wood suppliers and make sure the wood arrive to the factory properly dried. Although each wood species has various levels of moisture content, most of the wood has to be rehydrated to about 6%. This ensured a good start for our ukulele and classical guitar.
Solid Wood: Most of our solid wood are quarter sawn or Rift Sawn. Quarter Sawn has a growth ring that are 60-90 degrees to the surface of the board and Rift Sawn are between 45 to 60 degrees to the surface if the board. Most of our guitar and ukulele tops are made with Quarter Sawn wood to make sure the stability. Rirt Sawn wood are usually used on the side and sometimes the back.
Laminated Wood: In most of the time, there are beautiful and attractive flame wood we would love to use on a ukulele or a guitar; however, since most of the flame grain pattern or wood that are not strong enough by nature, we would use them in a laminated ukulele to make sure its visual attractiveness and stability.
Sanding and Polishing
The purpose of sanding to remove imperfections on the wood and provide a smooth surface. All Kahiko ukulele and Dacapo Guitars are sand with the grain and use at least 5 to 10 grades of sandpaper (120 grit course-2000 grit course )prior to painting depending on the finish. Our high gloss finish looks glossy as if they are dipped in glass. The glossier it gets, the more sanding work effort is put into the instruments. The instruments are sprayed and sanded back and forth for at least 6 times to create a thin finish which allows the maximum quality of sound.. Over the years, we have developed a unique method of sanding and finish to achieve a high gloss finish without sacrifice the sound.
The traditional instrument is handcrafted by luthiers with over 20 years of craftsmanship experience and under the guidance of first and second-generation striking to improve every series they make. Craftsmanship is all about doing what we love and doing it right and with continuous innovation.
All instruments goes through final setup before shipping. Strings action of first fret are set at 1mm and 12 fret 2.5mm.