I got one of these from Austin Bazaar yesterday and I must say I'm very pleased! Never having owned an acoustic electric before,I was anxious to see how it sounded acoustically as well as amped up. The tiny but mighty electronics panel sports a built in tuner as well as a bass and treble equalizer. And in using them they do make a very noticeable difference in tone. There wasn't any buzzes or hums from the input jack. (I ran the uke thru my Fender Starcaster practice amp)
The uke sports open geared tuners,a mahogany neck and body with a rose"shark teeth" inlay markers. (only thing I wish they'd done is put dots on the side of the neck) The bridge is rosewood as well. What's nice about this model is it doesn't get all plinky sounding high up the neck. A nice art deco-y engraved sunburst pattern gives this a very retro look-along with the satin finish. The wood really glows!
The neck and fret edges are smooth,action is nice and low,intonation is pretty much on the money. (Bear in mind this is a B model so I don''t know if this was a demo,open box,or what.)
The tone is warm and sweet- this uke packs a lot of volume when played acoustically. I actually got this to be able to run the uke thru my computer or iPod to record.
The built in tuner is soooo convenient! No more worry about forgetting to take a clip on one along.
On a scale of 1-10 I'd give this one a 9.5.
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