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Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele Natural 

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The all-koa Tenor Ukulele from Fender bears the name of Nohea, from the Hawaiian word for "lovely." It evokes the sound and the spirit of Hawaii with...Read More

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Lives up to its name—the Hawaiian word for "lovely."

The all-koa Tenor Ukulele from Fender bears the name of Nohea, from the Hawaiian word for "lovely." It evokes the sound and the spirit of Hawaii with acrylic abalone binding; laminated koa sides and back, with mahogany neck; aged fretboard binding; and a unique Telecaster guitar headstock shape.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Body style: Tenor Ukulele
  • Scale length: 17" (432mm)
  • Top: Laminated koa
  • Bracing: Scalloped fan bracing
  • Back and Sides: Laminated koa
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Nut width: 1.38" (35mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Finish: Gloss polyurethane
  • Number of Frets: 19
  • Tuners: Die-cast with vintage-style buttons
  • Strings: GHS Hawaiian Ukulele Tenor (1-A, 2-E, 3 Wound-C, 4-G)
  • Unique features: Telecaster guitar headstock shape
  • White dot position inlays
  • Gold silkscreened Fender logo
  • Aged white fretboard binding
  • Acrylic abalone rosette and body binding
  • Includes Fender gig bag
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FenderNohea Koa Tenor Ukulele
 
4.9

(based on 24 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Ukulele

    By BigTexKahuna

    from Makawao, HI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

      This is a very pretty ukulele. I live in Maui, and I am very familiar with the quality of koa wood. Koa is native to the Hawaiian Islands, and there are many things made of this sacred wood, ukuleles in multitude! I was a bit skeptical when I ordered this uke "sight unseen", but once it arrived, all of my concerns washed away on the next outgoing wave in the Pacific Ocean. The quality of the koa laminate is excellent. The tone and sustain is very good. The stings settled-in in less than a week, so the instrument stays in tune very well; however, I did purchase a clip-on tuner, which I now recommend to all who want to play ukulele on a regular basis. It just makes things so much simpler! The "Fender" headstock is indeed 'da bomb! Definitely a recognizable American icon within the musicians' world. When I come home from work I usually turn on the TV to catch the 'fair & balanced' news of the day, grab a beer out of the fridge, and flop down on the couch... but now I pick-up my ukulele, and I just cannot put it down! I also play guitar and bass guitar, so learning the ukulele has been a breeze... but it is a nice "addiction", because I will keep playing it... and playing it. I'm learning a bunch of Hawaiian songs I've never played before... ever... and I'm having all this new-found fun. This is great, and this particular instrument was well worth its purchase price! The only negative comment I can make, and it's not much of one, has to do with the included "gig bag." I wouldn't count too much on this for protection if one were to be taking this uke around for gigs. This thing is very thin... no padding whatsoever! I will be snooping around the music stores on my next visit to Oahu looking for a gig bag or case. I'm afraid the "Fender" headstock might cause my search for something that fits a bit of a challenge, but I shall try...

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      wonderful 'ukulele

      By OlBlindMan

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Stays in tune

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Jamming with friends
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

      This is one sweet instrument. Well built, fine looking, excellent tone and resonance, very good intonation, AND it stays in tune! My first Nohea 'uke was damaged in an unfortunate accident (nasty crack across the back), but still plays fine! I was so impressed by the sound and quality of this instrument that I purchased another, and it is just as sweet as the first one. I am always complimented on the sound and appearance of this 'uke. Well worth the price!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Uke at a good price.

      By alewatcher

      from chicagoland IL

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Tough To Tune At First

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Melody Lines
      • Practicing
      • Sololeads

      Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

      This is my first uke but I have owned many other stringed instruments.

      The uke is nice. Plays well-- nice and easy, low action, and sweet warm tone.

      The strings didn't ever want to reach in-tune, but once they did the uke is great. Holds tune nicely and sounds great all the way up the fret board.

      feels well-made

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for the price

      By Knights--OG

      from Yokosuka, Japan

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Visual Appeal

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

        My skill level on stringed instruments doesn't justify expensive so I look for the best bang for the buck. Having purchased several ukulele over the past five or six years I finally got around to doing some actual research and am getting into incorporating the sound into my band's performances. This uke has a great visual appeal and the koa laminate really catches the eye. On the other hand, it's so thin that there's no way it enhances the sound. I have no idea what the base wood is and really don't care. But it LOOKS GOOD. The intonation is passable but not perfect and closer than many in this price range. Sustain is excellent. The finish looks great but I found a few minor flaws around the binding and on the neck and sides. I'm partial to Aquila strings and this tenor will get a low G as well as a piezo under bridge pickup for gigging. Just to reiterate, Aquila strings need to be tuned at least daily for a week or two before they settle in. I always pull a couple of turns off of the tuner when I get an uke with these strings as they eventually stretch at least that much. The action is very good and while it could be a little lower for me it is set up pretty good at the southeast Asian factory. I have solid koa, curly maple, spruce, mahogany laminate and bamboo tenors. They each have their own sound and playability characteristics. This Fender is a nice addition to the family.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great ukulele

        By akarum11

        from Siloam Springs, AR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • No Fret Buzz

        Cons

        • No Pickup

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

        this is a very beautiful, good toned ukulele. It does fit in the musicians gear tenor ukulele case and comes with Aquila strings even though it says it comes with GHS strings. I have had it for 3 months now and had no fret buzz. This is my second ukulele and my first was a soprano that sounded quiet and low quality tone so this ukulele is very loud and rich to me, which is a good thing.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exceptional value

        By Redwoodrob

        from Boulder Creek, Ca

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

            I've played guitar for many years but this is my first ukulele. I went to a local music store to try a few out. I enjoy fingerstyle and delta blues and wanted a uke that these styles sounded good on. I played many ukes and walked out of the store with this one. The sound is so nice and it just looks great.

            The strings are new but after only a few days are holding tune well. I checked it for intonation before I bought it and it's right on the money. The grain of the Koa wood is very nice and gives it such a sweet sound. It can be very plunky. I have to say I could have bought a uke that cost a lot more and not been as happy with it.

            I love this uke and I can't seem to put it down to do anything else. I'm putting my guitars in storage.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Loved It Before the Fret Buzz

            By Scottie

            from Menlo Park, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy Playing
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

            This was my first Fender Uke purchased in August of 2012. I have since purchased the solid Mahogany tenor as well. I really enjoy the brightness of this Koa model. It really cuts through. The Mahogany is very noticeably more mellow which is a very pleasing sound as well. They both have their places. I am a Telecaster Man and I just love these headstocks! I am also very happy with the feel of these necks. Well done, Fender.

            I have done recordings with both as you can see if you look up my videos under "eternalrhythmflow".

            Unfortunately, this Koa model has recently started to fret buzz on the low C string from the 1st to the 4th frets. It is terribly irritating because there is no way to adjust the neck to solve the problem. The only way around it is to play softly, which is pointless when trying to express energy.

            I am really upset about my Koa and now have to contact Fender about their warranty. Really looking forward to that, not.

            Regardless, even if I just lost on this one, I will probably get another one because it has been a good musical companion and I do enjoy the Koa tone and the fender neck.

            I hope this helps. Enjoy my videos!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            quality instrument, decent price

            By alewatcher

            from chicagoland IL

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Wood
            • Good Tone
            • Nice Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

              I have played stringed instruments for several years and this has all the hallmarks of a quality instrument. The scale is larger than a standard uke which certainly helps those of us with large fingers.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Uke - Great Tone

              By Tim

              from Ponchatoula, LA

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy To String
              • Good Tone
              • Well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Picking
                • Playing
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                My first uke! Shopped around at the local music stores but this was the best bang for the buck. Did my homework - strings take about 2 weeks to settle in. I also changed the top string from a high G to a low G (Aquila) to give it a lower sound (I'm learning the bass and like the bass sound).

                The bridge is much easier to change the strings on. It does fit in the standard Musician's Friend Tenor hardshell case - I do recommend getting it with this Uke.

                Overall, this is a greak uke. Good sound, well built, easy string changes, and overall beautifully built. Very satisfied with it.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome uke!

                By Pacman

                from Memphis, tn

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful finish
                • Consistent
                • Great Tone
                • Stays in tune

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                  Bought this for my 18 year old daughter. She wanted a tenor uke. She had carried her cheaper uke with her every where she went. She absolutely loves this ukulele! She can't put it down!

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