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Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele Mahogany Top Satin Body Finish

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Fender's concert-style Ukulele Mino'Aka takes its name from the Hawaiian word for "smile". That's exactly what you'll do when you play it, and that's exactly what other people will do when they hear y... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-17-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Fender's concert-style Ukulele Mino'Aka takes its name from the Hawaiian word for "smile". That's exactly what you'll do when you play it, and that's exactly what other people will do when they hear you playing it.

Features include an all-mahogany body with tone bar bracing for sweet, mellow tone; three-piece mahogany neck with 19-fret rosewood fingerboard; aged body and fingerboard binding; attractive acrylic abalone rosette; Telecaster headstock with Fender gold screen logo, vintage-style chrome tuners, smooth natural satin finish and Aquila strings.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body Style: Concert
  • Scale Length: 13.66" (34.7 cm)
  • Top: Laminated Mahogany Top
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany Back, Laminated Mahogany Sides
  • Finish: Satin Body Finish
  • Bracing: Tone Bar Bracing
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Satin Neck Finish
  • Nut: 1.38" (35 mm), Synthetic Bone
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Number of Frets: 19
  • Tuners: Vintage Style Die-cast Chrome
  • Strings: Aquila Nylagut Tenor Wound C
  • Unique Features: Aged body and fretboard binding, Telecaster headstock with gold
  • screened logo, 3-piece mahogany neck, Aquila strings and Acrlyic
  • abalone rosette
  • Case sold separately
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FenderMino'Aka Concert Ukulele
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

Reviewed by 11 customers

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A huge hit at Christmas!

By Fritzi

from Fond du Lac WI

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

We gave it to our granddaughter for Christmas, and now all her friends want one.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Overall Great Uke

By #not a ukulele guru

from KY

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

    This is my first ukulele purchase, but seems to be a decent ukulele for the price. Mine came with a small scratch on the headstock and has a small intonation problem on the C string. Other than that seems to be a good deal. Really love the fender look and the overall tone is great.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    First Uke

    By Ron

    from Beulah, Co.

    Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

    This is the first Ukulele I have ever owned. Bought it to learn on and didn't want to break the bank. The only thing I have done to it is change the string. I replaced the strings that were on it with Worth brand and it made it easier on the fingers. Sounds better also. Nice little uke for the money. Looks good and has a nice satin finish.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Uke !

    By Steve

    from Hudson Valley, New York

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Big Sound Great Tone
    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

      Great Uke Looks and sounds great

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This insturment is Uking awesome.

      By Aaron

      from Monroe, Louisiana

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Great Sound
      • Solid Feel
      • Stays in tune

      Cons

      • Heavy Headstock
      • Minor Cosmetic Issues

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

        Great Uke for the price. This is my third Uke. It is extremely functional. Sounds great with awesome intonation right out of the box.

        A couple issues though:
        There are a few bubbles on the plastic on the side of the finger board. You wouldn't notice it unless you were playing it.

        The headstock is heavy, and oddly shaped. If you are setting the instrument down, string side up, the instrument will rest on the tuner for the a string. When I set it down, I have to set it down string side down so it will stay in tune. I worry about scratching the instrument. This is not a problem with the other two ukes I own.

        This is a great, great, uke for the price range. It sounds fantastic, and feels solid. I'm not worried that I will snap it in half on accident, which is how I feel playing beginner level ukes.

        This uke also stays in tune really really well. The synthetic gut strings that come on it are awesome. However, I live in Louisiana, so the strings are more affected by humidity and temperature than wound guitar strings. The intonation seems pretty solid across the entire fingerboard.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Value

        By Nooorm24

        from Clyde, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

        • None For Price Range

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

        I am more of a guitar guy. New to the ukulele. The Mino' AKA is a step above entry level but not a professional model. It has a laminate top not solid. The logos are screened not inserts. It seems to hold a tune well. The sound is crisp. Love the Tele style headstock. I beleive it to be fairly priced for the quality. It is a much better quality instrument than the models in the entry level price range. It's heavier, has better bracing, and better sound quality. It is perfect for learning, practicing or playing with friends, but I probably wouldn't take it on stage.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great ukulele!

        By steph31384

        from Bound Brook, NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Action
        • Good Tone
        • Stays in tune
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Solo

          Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

          Great instrument! I've been playing guitar for 20yrs, and just started learning to play ukulele. Definitely a fun instrument to play, really happy with this Fender model. The action on the neck is nice and it stays in tune really well. Definitely recommend this for someone looking to play ukulele. I've always been a fan of Fender.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very nice ukulele

          By mar_rom

          from Ithaca, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

            my best type of ukulele

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Uke

            By Jeremy Damiano

            from Pennsylvania

            Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

            If you're looking for a great ukelele to start learning, this is perfect for the price. It's a nice ukelele and I expect it to last real long.
            The instrument is simply beautiful. The design, color, feel, and headstock are all just beautiful. The thing about the headstock though, it's noticibally heavy on that side. But it's not bad enough to take away from playing it.
            The quality is fantastic, and sounds great; especially when considering the price you pay! I haven't had it real long, but when it's tuned, it STAYS in tune for a decent amount of time. However, if you are considering purchasing this, and you want a hardshell case, be careful because the headstock is longer.
            The overall value is awesome. I was able to pick up the uke, a hardshell case, and a pair of strings for less than just a uke itself from a big brand such as lanakai. It also sounds just as good.

            (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect First Ukulele for the Discerning Musician

            By Sean McCauley

            from Western PA

            Comments about Fender Mino'Aka Concert Ukulele:

            If the action had been set up properly, I'd give the Fender Mino'Aka a 12 out of 10. I'm a beginner to ukulele, but not to music or musical instruments. I wanted a serious instrument to learn on, but not something that would break the bank or deter me from actually beating on it a little. I think it fits that role perfectly.

            I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a first uke for a child or someone looking to make an impulse buy. Although it would look really nice hanging on your wall if you don't stick with it.
            I chose the Fender Mino'Aka in part because it's a Concert ukulele, which means there are a few more frets than on the diminutive Soprano ukulele. No problem there, I got all my frets.

            One gripe I had with those frets though is how they are marked (or not marked). Fender wisely marks the usual frets not only on the fretboard, but also on the side of the fretboard with a little black dot, as you would see on a guitar. However, the 3rd fret is not marked. The 3rd fret gets a lot of use in playing common chords such as G and C. Maybe they figure there's no way you could screw it up, but I would certainly appreciate having it marked, especially on the side of the fretboard where it's visible while playing.

            By way of comparison, my friend's Luna concert model has all the frets (3, 5. 7...) marked on the front of the fretboard, but not on the side.
            The fit and finish of the Fender Mino'Aka is beautiful. There is nothing cheap or toy-like. It looks and feels like a substantial musical instrument.

            Compared to my friend's Luna Tattoo model, the tone from the Fender is noticeably more crisp and bright. People often talk about volume or loudness with ukes, but I live in an apartment so I can't really wail on this thing to see how loud it really gets. I play at a moderate level and sing along with no complaints (except maybe my singing). I'm not playing shows or concerts.

            I had to knock a few points off due to the way the action was set up. My Mino'Aka has low action at the top frets (1-5) and very high action by the time you're nearing the 12th fret. This is one area where my friend's Luna comes out on top. The action on the Luna is perfect, top to bottom. Some of the more advanced songs I was learning on the Luna aren't even playable on the Fender until I can get the bridge lowered/adjusted.
            I helped my friend research and purchase her Luna Tattoo ukulele, so I got to handle quite a few ukuleles before I chose the Fender Miko'Ana for myself.

            I feel that the Fender looks and plays better than similar priced models from Luna, Lanikai, and Mitchell.

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