Breedlove Lu'au Spruce Electro Concert Ukulele Natural Shadow
Breedlove are a North American company, who design their instruments in Bend, Oregon. Founded by Kim Breedlove, who recently stepped down from running the company to serve as master luthier and designer. His designs have been made in far-east factories, keeping the essence of their North American feel, with Chinese value for money.
The Lu'au series of concert ukuleles have solid tops, and attractive laminate back and sides. This 'Natural Shadow' model is a variant with a solid sitka spruce top. This is treated with subtle sunburst finish which looks great. The tone is forward and quite loud, with a sweet edge, all without lacking body. It has the traditional advantages of spruce, in terms of brightness, coupled with a design that balances that clarity with a warm wash of depth.
This Lu'au concert has imitation tortoiseshell binding and maple/ebony purfling - a combination that is repeated with the soundhole rosette. It has an interestingly shaped headstock, and a very smooth ebony fingerboard with position markers on fretboard and down the sides.
This is an electro-concert model, equipped with a Breedlove branded pre-amp, with tone and volume controls. It also has a built-in tuner which is very responsive and easy to use.
I would strongly suggest upgrading the strings on this Breedlove concert to World of Ukes Clarity - which will give more projection, volume and sustain. This costs £10, and I promise, you'll get more value from the instrument with these strings than the cost of the upgrade! To do this, add the upgrade to your basket alongside the uke. http://worldofukes.co.uk/merchandise/clarity-fitted-strings
A branded gig bag is included.