Saw this interesting uke on sale online and I thought there’s no harm in getting one for about $100 shipped to my door.
This one’s got a solid spruce top and laminated rosewood body. I really like the wood bindings and abalone trims all around the uke. Looks great.
Look at the flame on the neck. Cool.
It’s called the Zodiac uke because you can order one with your Zodiac sign inlaid on the fingerboard. Another look of the abalone binding in this shot.
Initial impressions were good as it definitely sounds better than many cheap ukes on the market. The solid top really made the difference. But then again, this is a $100 uke, so don’t expect Made in Hawaii tone and quality. I found some tiny imperfections such as smudge on the gloss finish. No biggie at this price.
The uke came with a nicely padded gig bag and some accessories like polishing cloth and some souvenir. Strings are in fact Aquila Super Nylguts.
I gotta praise the seller for the good packaging. The entire package was wrapped in two layers of thick “air pillow” that looks like it will survive any abuse from freight staff. That’s the way to ship instruments.
Here’s another look at the nice creamy spruce top which the seller claims to be AAA grade. It’s got a compensated bone saddle too.
Clover likes it. 🙂