Looking for something a little different? The Fluke is the most distinct type of uke. It is immensely popular and is immediately recognized due to its peculiar shape. The standard size Fluke Ukulele is a little larger than concert-sized ukes.
Australian pine is used to make the sound board of the fluke and the back is molded with rounded plastic. Maple is used to make the back of the neck. Plastic is used in making the standard fret board, however if you want you can get your fret board made with rosewood. You also have a choice to buy these models with pickups. The friction tuning pegs of these ukes are arranged just like geared tuners.
It is also available with a neck of tenor length with the same sized body. The tenor length is preferred by some people because it has extra finger room and is easier to play. The tenor comes in thicker strings and also sounds louder when played.
Usually soft gig bags come along with these, for keeping them safe and dust free but you can also get a hard shell case if you want. The ukes are available in many different colors. Some of the colors are Natural Hibiscus, Macadamia, Poi-ple, Mango, Ukelyptus, lava and Moonlight. Made by the magic fluke company, you can get one for under 200$.
The range of the premium design models is a bit more expensive. The premium design range includes Tiki Mug, Surf, Flame, Cowboy, Magic, Abstract and Island Laser Fluke. The Koa wood model is the most difficult to find.
Fluke Ukulele Plus Points
It is very easy to store a fluke due to its distinctive shape (like the Flea). Due to its flat bottom you can keep it anywhere and a stand, rack or hook is not required. It will stand absolutely upright without any support on a flat surface like tables, sideboards or even in the corner of the room. Pretty neat!
Talking about the sound of this model of uke, it has a mellower sound quality that can be due to its different shape and the plastic back. The sound quality is different but very pleasant indeed. Also the high end tonal range is much better than than of most other models.
These ukuleles are among the loudest for its size as the sound is produced very forcefully. Like all instruments that involve strings, this needs restrung once in a few months or whenever a string snaps. How would you know what strings are right for your fluke?
There are a few things you can ask a professional before you get a replacement. because the sound quality depends to a large extent on the kind of strings you use. It is also advised that when you buy, you change the strings because most ukes come with low quality strings and you do not want to spoil your experience playing or learning on those.
While a neat instrument, we feel that these may not be ideal for beginners. For advice on the best beginner models see here. Brands to look for include Kala (more here) and Mahalo (if money if tight – more here). If you want more oomph consider an electric uke.
Overall, the fluke ukulele is an easy to store, easy to handle fun instrument with a very pleasant sound quality.
Have a look at the Fluke Hibiscus Red Concert Uke with Gig Bag as an example.