Seagull Uke Steel SG Burst EQ Electro Acoustic Ukulele
This is a really interesting Canadian-made instrument from Seagull, part of the Godin family. It is strung with steel strings, tuned like a regular ukulele with re-entrant strings. The ukulele has a soprano length scale, but a body size that will feel comfortable to concert and tenor players.
A key thing to point out with this Seagull Uke steel is the thin, 30mm nut width, a common size for mandolin necks - which is feels like. Although this is fairly thin, the lightness of touch needed to fret this low action instrument makes it a lot easier to play than you think (after all, mandolin players manage ok don't they!)
The sound is a cross between a uke and a mandolin, with a lovely metallic jangle, and nice bite of treble and the singing out with good sustain. The sound is nicely balanced across all the strings, and the tone is nice and smooth, not without depth and generally lots of fun!
Plugged in the Seagull-made (the company, no the bird) pre-amp does a nice job of amplifying the signal from the undersaddle pickup to reproduce this instrument's natural, shimmering sound. Having said that, there's plenty of acoustic volume to play with too!
The manufacturer's description: -
At the intersection of original design and quality materials, you will find the Seagull Uke Steel SG Burst EQ. This fun-to-play steel Uke is made of a one-piece solid maple body with a solid spruce top; a wood combination that, along with liveliness of the steel strings, creates a boisterous sound with plenty of tonal definition. And thanks to the zero fret concept, where the strings sit directly and evenly on the fret (which acts as the nut), it is easy to maintain a better output balance between open and fretted strings across the fretboard. The Seagull Uke Steel SG also features a Burnt Umber semi-gloss finish, open-gear tuners, and custom Seagull electronics with easily accessible volume and tone controls at the lower bout. The Seagull Uke Steel SG Burst puts a twist on the conventional nylon ukulele through versatility and live appeal for steel-string players.