Flight A10QM Faded Blue All Solid Quilted Maple Tenor Ukulele - 10th Anniversary Model #QM1
We love this Flight A10QM faded blue all solid quilted maple tenor ukulele so much that we named it number 1 in our review of the best ukuleles of 2021.
When I first saw one of these beauties, I honestly didn't want to sell it. I wanted to keep this stunning looking and sounding tenor ukulele for myself. I was thrilled when we got more in the shop! This is Flight's 10th anniversary instrument and they have absolutely nailed it.
The A10QM is made with quilted maple as opposed to flamed maple which has a straighter grain pattern. 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.
It was then finished in a blue to white fade finish rather than the deep ocean blue the first batch of these had... For the time being as well, this 'happy accident' with the finish has made for a bombastic uke exclusive in the UK to Southern Ukulele Store (at time of writing).
Over the years, we have had the fortune of dealing with custom builders and manufacturers at every price. This anniversary model from Flight represents fantastic value for its price giving even the big brands like aNueNue, Romero Creations, Maestro and Big Island a serious run for their money.
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 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 beginners 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 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
Brazillian fluorocarbon High G strings
38mm nut width, with 29mm string spacing
17" (432mm) scale length