Flight A10QM Aqua Blue All Solid Quilted Maple Tenor Ukulele - 10th Anniversary Model #AQUA5
This stunning Flight tenor ukulele topped our list of best ukes for 2021. We absolutely love this anniversary model and are sure you will too! I can tell you honestly and truthfully that when I opened the box of the Flight A10 anniversary tenor ukuleles the first time, my instinct was to hide one and keep it for myself...
The A10QM is quilted maple tenor ukulele (as opposed to flamed maple which has a straighter grain pattern). It was then finished in a dark aqua blue finish rather than the recent faced blue batch of these we featured in our top 10 video... I can't say we are complaining at getting these darker ukes this time!
Over the years, we have had the fortune of dealing with custom builders and manufacturers at every price and this model represents fantastic value for its price giving even the big brands like aNueNue, Romero Creations, and Big Island a serious run for their money.
The quilted maple looks stunning and would be worthy of your attention even without the special finish and elaborate hand inlaid abalone rosette. Tonally, the difference between flamed maple and quilted maple is tough to pinpoint but aesthetically the two look very different with the quilted wood resembling the effect of a puddle splashing against the aqua finish.
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.
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!
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 quilted maple top, back and sides with blue aqua finish
19 frets - 14 to body
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Offset position markers
Dyed maple binding
Abalone soundhole rosette
Ebony comfort edge
Unique slotted headstock
Brazillian fluorocarbon strings
38mm nut width