Snail UKT-E598EQ Electro Acoustic Tenor Ukulele Ebony With Free Gigbag
Snail ukuleles seem to have the trick of offering just about the best value for money at their price points. This uke is fully equipped with a piezo pickup with tone and volume controls, and comes with a decent sturdy single skin gigbag all for under £200! Equivalents from other brands might offer you the pickup but not the gigbag, or vice versa - but with Snail, you get the lot.
In the hand, the 35mm nut width feels very comfy and familiar. The sound is also class leading at the price; there are good laminates and bad laminates. Bad laminates are very thick and heavily built, causing the sound to become muddy and muffled. The laminates used on Snail ukes are nice and thin and stiff, meaning the sound is much sprightlier - clean trebles, nice sustain and a decent tone.
Pictures show a typical example.
Top, back and sides: Laminate Ebony
Fingerboard and bridge: Ebony
Machine head: Geared closed back
String: Aquila Super Nylgut High G
Binding and rosette: Maple/rope
Side mounted preamp and piezo pickup system
35mm nut width
Bone nut saddle
Snail single skin gigbag included