Flight A10QM Faded Blue All Solid Quilted Maple Tenor Ukulele - 10th Anniversary Model #QM3
When I first saw this Flight 10th anniversary tenor ukulele, I honestly wanted to hide it and save it for myself. This is such an incredible ukulele, I almost couldn't bare to sell it! This tenor model can give the big brands like aNueNue, Romero Creations, and Big Island a serious run for their money. That's why we've named it our best ukulele of 2021!
The A10QM tenor ukulele is made from quilted maple and finished in a blue to white fade finish. The quilted maple looks stunning and would be worthy of your attention even without the blue fade 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 faded blue finish. Flight have chosen a respected Chinese luthier to create these instruments for them. 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 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