If you were a beginner/intermediate player looking to step up to the next level with a new Ukulele there would be several things on your 'must have' list. The woods are incredibly important and most players dabbling or diving head first into the world of finger style, flamenco or technical Ukulele playing all seem to universally agree that Cedar/Spruce are the top tone woods that will most convincingly convey the right sound. It's hard to argue - especially as the most popular Ukuleles here at SUS so far in 2019 have been the Kala ACP-CTG, Snail BHC-5C, Snail BHC-6C and Kai KCI-700. All of those excellent Ukuleles utilise a solid spruce or cedar top with a well made sexy looking laminate back and side combo. When you have this kind of pairing, it can really enhance how you play and provide the perfect platform whilst keeping things at a modest budget.
Well, Freshman have been listening, watching and waiting for the past year and working with us here at SUS and a number of other select Ukulele dealers - we helped them spec out a series of Concert ukes that ticked our customers boxes.
The Lono series starts with the UKLCEDARDC - A solid Cedar top Concert with laminate Acacia back and sides, genuine Grover machineheads (because everyone always wants a good tuner!), slotted head stock, abalone trimmings and a decent pickup that doesn't require a big hole to be cut in the top. Freshman have used the popular Freshman Sonitone system which has a volume and tone control hidden in the soundhole.
It sounds great with a bit of bark and a nice attack like you want from Cedar whilst still being a little bit restrained and mellow when you play more introvert. Cosmetically, it has some really lovely looking abalone purfling and a rosette as well as maple binding that ties the whole aesthetic of the front and sides together nicely. The only thing to watch out for at this price is that there are some small cosmetic imperfections in the finish that you may find if you really scrutinise them but that is the same with the equivalent Ukuleles at the same price.
Finally, this model comes in a good padded bag which is a very nice cherry on the top of the cake.
UKLCEDARC Concert model Slot head headstock Grover Gold machine heads Gloss finish Solid Cedar top Laminate Acacia back and sides Maple binding top and back Genuine Abalone purfling and rosette Freshman sonitone system Aquila Strings VIDEO