aNueNue UC5K All Solid AAAAA Grade Koa Bird Series Concert Ukulele w/case
aNueNue really have their act together at the moment with this stunning concert ukulele! The Bird series of instruments, characterised by the funky cutaways, comfort edges and offset soundhole rosettes are among the freshest sounding and looking instruments available today.
The 5A grade koa concert is a feast for the eyes and ears alike. Using 5A grade solid koa ensures that on rainy days when the view out of the window is as depressing as the pitter patter sound of raindrops, you'll always have the holographical depths of the figuring, and the sweet, perky sound to lose yourself in.
As with all the best koa instruments from the big Hawaiian K brands, this one has sustain, harmonics, poise and character aplenty in the sound. Superbly responsive, light plucking or strumming results in a surprising amount of volume, whilst vigorous strumming gives a huge, rich sound with no sign of muddiness or distortion that some of the lesser koa/acacia wood ukuleles can offer. There is no style I've tried that doesn't sound fabulous, and makes you want to keep you holding it and playing some more.
Yes, it is Chinese made - but honestly, I challenge anyone to come and try it against other instruments of a similar price made in the US or Japan and not think that it is a serious and credible alternative! It does not have the bombast of a KoAloha, nor the ultimate, effortless Hawaiian sound of a Kamaka, nor the shimmering poise and presence of a Kanile'a; but what it does have is a character uniquely its own - and is all the better for it.
Pictures show an average example.
Solid 5A grade Hawaiian koa top, back and sides
Ebony headplate, bridge and fretboard
Buffalo bone nut / saddle
aNueNue black water high G strings
36mm nut width
Abalone freboard dot inlays
Custom Gotoh machine heads
Spalted maple and abalone rosette
Flamed maple binding
Blue leather effect woodshell hard case