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Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele Natural

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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 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (31)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (22)
  • Consistent (14)
  • Well built / quality (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (16)
  • Concerts (8)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (7), Professional musician (3)

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Instrument!

By ohiofan1989

from Athens, Ohio

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Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

The fact that there are so few reviews on this ukulele is beyond me because I can't take my hands off of it! I am a guitarist and have never owned a ukulele before. Within ONE hour of receiving it, I was playing songs and having a great deal of fun in doing so. I really did my homework before purchasing it and played many other models that were much more expensive in local stores.This thing looks absolutely beautiful, and plays like a dream. The quality is incredible for the price and the sound is just as good as any ukulele priced in the $399.00 (or higher) range.It is an excellent value, and if you are a guitarist who would like to make the move to a ukulele...this is the model that you NEED!I once read in an online interview that Fender set out to enter the ukulele market specifically for guitar players to make the transition. That is the sole reason that they made the decision to only build "tenor" versions. They figured that soprano's and concert sized instruments would not appeal to the average guitar market because the necks would be too small..and they were correct. Playing this instrument is much like playing a small guitar and in my opinion, they did one heck of a job and building a super high quality instrument at a price that can't be beat.Look no further and buy yours today! You will NOT be disappointed.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Ukulele

By BigTexKahuna

from Makawao, HI

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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...

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender Nohea Tenor Ukulele

    By Reso Man-0PXPj

    from Northern California

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    Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

    I did a little homework before I purchased a ukulele. I looked at the Cordoba and several others, but the look of the Koa Fender Nohea won me over. The sound is bright but yet can be very warm and mellow. Its the perfect instrument to take out on the deck and play by the pool. When I play it I have smile on my face. The Nohea is a great value for the money. The finish is a nice gloss and is perfect. The action is low and comfortable and the frets are very well finished with no sharp edges. The intonation is right on and the strings ring loud and clear.This is my first ukulele and not my last. It's a great value and worth the price. Get one...

    (9 of 9 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.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceptional value

      By Redwoodrob

      from Boulder Creek, Ca

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      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.

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Loved It Before the Fret Buzz

          By Green Ranger

          from California

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          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!

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Looks Like It Sounds!

          By Semaj

          from Tennessee

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          Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

          This Ukulele sounds as beautiful as it looks! This is not my first uke but it is my first Tenor uke and I will never go back to the sopranno! This instrument looks beautiful and sounds full and rich, and is set at an astonishingly low price!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          wonderful 'ukulele

          By OlBlindMan

          from Asheville, NC

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          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!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          lovely indeed!

          By kenren10

          from Claymont, DE

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          Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

          The Nohea is a very friendly and fun instrument (it's hard not to smile when you play this thing), and it really sparked my girlfriend's creativity and musical learning curve. I don't know why, but taking up the uke has helped her guitar playing as well even though she spends more time with the uke. Most people would be surprised how much you can spend on a ukeulele and while this isn't the cheapest you get great bang for the buck.
          The Nohea is beautiful to look at - I'm not crazy for flash on an instrument (tone is more important) but this one is very pretty. It's not solid Koa, but if it were the price would make it unaffordable for most. It has plenty of abalone (or abalam) to make it look expensive and the graphics inside are a hoot. I really like the telecaster-style headstock, it looks great and really seems to benefit the tuning stability. The tuners are perhaps the weakest point but work well enough with the low tension one finds with uke strings.
          I bought this as a Christmas gift for my girlfiend as she has struggled with the size and tension of steel string guitars. I originally bought teh same model a year before, and though the cosmetics were every bit as good the tone was weak and there were a couple of flaws - the nut was spaced poorly and the fret ends weren't uniformly smooth. One year later I ordered another and knew right away she would love it. The only flaw I have found (and it took a while to find it) was that there was a very slight back-bow in the neck towards the headstock. If I play it really hard you can hear a tiny bit of fret buzz on the first few frets.
          This has a very good price/performance ratio - it's playable with a nice tone and sharp-looking with no major flaws.

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this lovely uke

          By Ukulover

          from New Jersey

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          Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

          This is my first ukulele and will probably be my last. This thing sounds awesome looks great and what a value. I've been searching the web to confirm that a got the right uke and believe me I did.I do allot of traveling with my uke and it always stays in tune.I've been recording with it and it sounds clean and beautiful.You can not get a better uke for the money, but price aside it's still the best.No need to look any further, this IS the ultimate ukulele.

          (6 of 6 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.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Uke - Great Tone

          By Tim

          from Ponchatoula, LA

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          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.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            That Special Sound

            By UkuleleMAN

            from San Diego

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing
              • Shows

              Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

              I've been looking into purchasing this uke for quite a while, about a year and a half, and finally caved. First off, this instrument is amazingly pleasing to the eye. The beautiful koa shine and astounding attention to detail just makes it all the more pleasing to play. The telecaster headstock is constantly causing comments about how interesting it is, and I actually find it stays in tune longer with this classic Fender design.
              This instrument plays incredibly well, it feels like my fingers can go anywhere with ease, and the neck is perfect in my opinion. I really enjoy how they have the bridge set up as well, you don't have to tie those obnoxious knots that can come undone, it really speeds up attaching new ones, which I personally love. The sound can range anything from mellow sunset evenings, to sharp fun island tunes, so you can do truly anything from solo playing to simple strums.
              The price!!! This ukulele is the best for this price for sure! It sounds like something you would usually pay $399+ for, and it looks amazing.
              The conclusion is, if you're looking into a quality tenor ukulele but don't want to break the bank, this is the perfect uke for you without a doubt.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Bang for the Buck

              By Ukulover

              from New Jersey

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              Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

              This is my first ukulele. I've seen koa ukulekes before but for alot more money. This one is not only beautiful it has great tone aswell. It took minutes to learn a few cords and I was off playing and singing in no time. The size feels perfect to me and is like taking a vacation from my acoustic guitar. If you love music get one.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sweet!

              By Lokela

              from Japan

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              Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

              Ever since Fender started making the uke, I always wonder what it would sound like. Last month I purchased the uke for my student and when I open to see what it looked like, I didn't know it would have a glossy finish...what a beautiful looking uke!!!! Once I got the tuning right, I was amazed of how it sound. For one that owns 15 ukulele's, ranging to over $3,000 for one of 'um, I couldn't put it down. To ALL those who wants to learn to play the uke or wants to make the transition to an uke and those who LOVE to collect 'um, you GOTTA check this li'l baby out! Seriously! For the price, you can't beat it!...Give me a little more time (gotta get permission from my wife) and I'll be owning one very soon!!!! Aloha nui

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just Great

              By The Maturity

              from Portland, OR

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                I got this ukulele three years ago. Its tone is both warm and pristine. I have played it hundreds of hours and it plays as good as new. Great craftsmanship, great detail on the body, and great sound.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice uke

                By Mare

                from Northeast Wisconsin

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Strong
                • Very Nice Looking

                Cons

                • No Cons I Can Think Of

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                I like this uke very much, and I have a few I like to play including a Martin. I love the finish, the tone and the ease of play. I use only Aquila Nylgut so that is where I am coming from but it tunes up nice, stays tuned, and there you have it. Recommend.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful Instrument

                By Robert Arthur

                from California

                Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                Fantastic for the money. Excellent value.
                Wow! I just recieved this Ukulele and although I have never played a tenor (just baritone and soprano) I was duely impressed with the awsome sound of this instrument. It has excellent fit and finish (beautiful Koa wood), better then I expected for the money. I would definatly purchase another one.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Rockin Little Uke

                By Chickey

                from Ann Arbor

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender Nohea Koa Tenor Ukulele:

                  I have tried to learn guitar, but always stop when my fingers hurt and blister. They don't hurt with this little beauty! I am practising every day!

                  (4 of 4 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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