Godin MultiUke - Koa High-Gloss
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If you play ukulele live on the regular, you need to check out the Godin MultiUke acoustic-electric tenor ukulele. It fights on-stage feedback with ease thanks to its specially-chambered mahogany body. It's topped with gorgeous koa, enhancing the warmth and tonality of the uke. And the MultiUke is designed to sound fantastic unplugged too, so you get great tone no matter where you're playing. Even if you've already got a favorite acoustic ukulele, the Godin MultiUke will quickly become your performance uke of choice.
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The important thing to realize about this instrument is that it really isn't acoustic - and that's the only downside. Without an amp the sound is rather quiet and kind of neutral tone-wise (if you've ever played a semi-hollow body guitar unplugged you'll know what I'm talking about. Unplugged it's fine for practicing - as a matter of fact, I didn't even get an amp until about six months after I got this uke - but if you are playing with folks on acoustic ukes you'll be drowned out pretty quickly if you try to play without an amp.
So, it's not for everyone, and it's probably not a good choice for a first uke for someone who's not already a musician, but if you are looking for an amazing instrument for fingerstyle, blues, jazz, rock, or classical and you want something that's set up beautifully (low to the frets, but no buzz on a perfectly radiused fretboard) and that looks like a piece of art - this is definitely your uke.
There's a great demo video of this uke - just search Godin Multiuke on Vimeo. Pick the one by Corey Fujimoto. He demonstrates all of the ukes for "the ukulele site" (all one word then add the dot you-know-what ;D Shout out to the Amazon censors) Corey is a very talented musician and you can always tell the instruments he loves - the videos go on for a long time. The ukes he doesn't care about he plays forty or fifty seconds. His demo of the Godin goes on for six and a half minutes - one of the longest videos I've seen him do (he's such a delightful player that sometimes I just click from video to video to listen to him play... they also post video on youtube. I got mine from those guys (they're in Hawaii, but they ship for free) and they provide a great free service, they set up the neck for free and for some lesser quality ukes I've gotten from them that was absolutely necessary, but this instrument is so well set-up at the manufacturer that I think you could get one almost anywhere and it would play nicely right out of the box.
Handmade in Canada, precision tuners, radiused fingerboard, an elegant pick-up system, a beautiful top - this uke is really a work of art, but then on top of everything else it plays and sounds like a dream. Oh, and mine has the koa top - bonus points. Yep, I'm in big love.
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