Fender are, of course, the biggest name in guitars. So they caused something of a stir when they moved into ukuleles with the release of three ukuleles: Pa’ina, Nohea and Hau’oli. Their biggest supporter (by some huge margin) is Ukulele Ray who seems to be continuously pimping them. The word from the rest of the ukulele community is not so enthusiastic. A number of people who posted a comment on my Fender interview found problems with their ukes – there seems to be a particular issue with the bridge. They did only start making ukuleles in early 2009 so let’s be kind and say they are still working out a few kinks in the production process.
Despite the problems they have found there way into the hands of a number of professionals including Train and Billy Corgan.
Train using a Fender ukulele for their smash hit song Hey, Soul Sister.
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