If you are into ukuleles, then you’ve probably heard about the new soprano ukulele called the Fender Soprano Ukulele “Piha’eu”. In case you forgot your Hawaiian language lessons, “Piha’eu” means “playful” in the Polynesian tongue. This cute uke is one of the most popular on the market. Of course, just because everyone else is buying the “Piha’eu” doesn’t mean it will be right for your needs. In this review, we’ll give you an in-depth look at the “Piha’eu” to help you decide whether or not to put this uke on your list to Santa Claus.
Fender Soprano Ukulele “Piha’eu” Mahogany
- Laminated Mahogany Body
- Finish – Satin
- Neck Material – Mahogany
- Fingerboard – Rosewood
- Scale Length – 13.66″ (347 mm)
- Number of Frets – 17
- Nut – Synthetic Bone Nut, Width 1.38″ (35 mm)
- Position Inlays – Pearl Dot
- Headstock – Standard
- Bridge – Rosewood with Compensated Synthetic Bone Saddle
- Hardware – Open Gear Die Cast
- Strings – Aquila
First off, let’s start with a description of this uke. Fender Soprano Ukulele “Piha’eu” is officially a 13.6’’ scale product with 17 metal frets along the fretboard. The soundboard on this product is shaved and its body is made completely of mahogany. The neck of the uke is black and the bridge is made of rosewood. You will find that this uke’s four tuners are all open gear. Manufacturers say they wanted this uke to have a “vintage” feel overall, and they took their inspiration from the traditional wood designs of this Hawaiian instrument.
Feel Of The “Piha’eu”
This is a great uke for absolute beginners. You’ll easily be able to slide your fingers around to different chords on these delicate strings and the slick rosewood bridge. The wood used on this uke make it feel and look like a professional product. The whole uke feels quite comfortable and light in one’s hands. Again, this makes it perfect for beginners just getting into playing this tropical instrument.
Look of the “Piha’eu”
The manufacturers of the “Piha’eu” definitely succeeded in this category. The “Piha’eu” will definitely fool the untrained eye into believing it is worth more than it really cost. Once you get this uke in your home, you’ll find yourself wanting to pick it up and play it all day long. While some might complain that it’s somewhat “bland,” there were a few of these “Piha’eu” ukes released with a print of a Hawaiian hula dancer. No word yet on if this hula dancer uke will be re-released en masse, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if you want a uke design with more pizazz. However, for those interested in just a clean uke design to play around with, the current edition of the “Piha’eu” will certainly satisfy.
Tone of the “Piha’eu”
While it may be easy to handle and play, always remember that the “Piha’eu” is not a “serious” uke. Serious uke players will probably be in the market for a true hardwood product with a richer and more authentic sound than the “Piha’eu.” The “Piha’eu” is made of a mahogany body with a satin finish, so it can only do so much in the sound quality department. The “Piha’eu” is able to produce good tones for what it’s worth, but it lacks the richness of a true hardwood product. Yet, we can’t really fault this product for giving out mediocre sounds. The “Piha’eu” simply lives up to its name as a “playful” instrument, ideal for informal social gatherings and afternoons with family and friends. If you are a professional musician, you may want to check out more expensive ukes.
Cost Of The “Piha’eu”
Although you aren’t getting the highest quality tones for a uke, you certainly are getting a bargain in the price department. For the name and the quality of this brand, that is a you will pay very inexpensive price. While the tones may not be the greatest in the business, they are certainly more than worthy. If you are looking for a good uke to travel with, practice with, fool around with, or give as a gift to a beginner, look no further than the Fender Soprano Ukulele “Piha’eu”.
The uke is becoming on the most popular string instruments in recent years. With only four strings, easy chord patterns, and a charming appearance, the uke will certainly increase in popularity over the years. Also, it doesn’t hurt that many popular songs nowadays feature a uke as a supporting instrument. As noted above, the “Piha’eu” is a worthy uke for people who just want an easy and reliable instrument to play. Its design is fine, it feels very comfortable, and its tones are good for the price. If someone is unsure whether or not s/he will like playing the uke, this is a good investment. So, if you or a loved one wants a uke this holiday season for fun, definitely give the “Piha’eu” a try.