That’s a common question and I find it hard to take sides. Pono is very consistent at this point. On top of that, these woods are a similar density. Both have a .54 specific gravity. The Mahogany is slightly lighter at 34lb/ft while Acacia is 42 lb/ft, and both are close to Hawaiian Koa which is approximately 41lb/ft and .55 specific gravity.
I have been trying different recording setups and today, after hours of experimenting, Zach found a pretty “true” sound. Sounded the same through the headphones and monitors as the real acoustic sound with our ears. We would switch back and forth and worked it until it was nearly identical. Zero eq, compression, reverb or anything. Just a better listening booth for you! Telefunken and Josephson mics were used. Anyway…
What would you answer if asked which is better, mahogany or acacia? What did you hear with these two ukes? Any advice you can offer to our readers?
Both woods are close in density, right in between soft woods like cedar (23 lb/ft, 32 sg) and hard woods like Macassar ebony (68 lb/ft, 1.09 sg).
But even though acacia and mahogany don’t have an extreme contrast, these two show the unique character and variance I commonly hear.Put on your best headphones/monitors and see if you can hear the tonal differences in a Pono Tenor Mahogany and a Pono Tenor Acacia. Corey Fujimoto plays these two models for us..
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Sort of out of left field, but I figure I would throw this video in. Recorded in the same setting for your comparison. Maybe the answer to the title question is… neither? Pono ETSH