Flight A10FM Solid Blue Fade Flamed Maple Tenor Ukulele - 10th Anniversary model #3
The team at the Southern Ukulele Store have fallen in love with this very special 10th anniversary tenor ukulele from Flight. That's why it's taken the top spot in our top 10 ukuleles of 2021!
The flamed maple on this tenor ukulele looks stunning and would be worthy of your attention even without the blue fade finish and elaborate hand inlaid abalone rosette. The sound of the maple is incredibly balanced and although it has arrived with us from Flight strung high G; this ukulele is absolutely dying to be strung low G. That's the good thing about maple, it sounds mature and crystal clear - refreshing on the ears and eyes.
The finish is extremely good inline with other instruments at this price from the big boys like Kanile'a, KoAloha etc. We did find on the most recent batch that a few knots in the wood could be found inside the creases of the slotted headstock but even the loftiest price custom shop instrument might have something like that... Still, you folks expect us to find these things so it's better we mention it in the listing!
Rather than use the factory responsible for the Fireball, Mustang and Voyager models - Flight have gone to a respected Chinese luthier and as a result, these instruments have all of the personality of a Flight but with the uniqueness of a small luthier team build.
It is so, so hard to make the jump from beginner's brand to intermediate and finally professional brand. So many people have tried to do this over the decades with mixed results. Flight have done it flawlessly in under 2 years.
Solid flamed maple top, back and sides with blue fade staining
19 frets - 14 to body
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Offset position markers
Dyed maple binding
Abalone soundhole rosette
Ebony comfort edge
Unique slotted headstock
Brazilian fluorocarbon strings
38mm nut width
More sound samples are coming in the next few days but for now a short live stream from earlier in 2021 is available below.