Fender has expanded its ukulele offering with five new instruments, including the Venice, Seaside, Zuma, Rincon and Montecito ukes, collectively dubbed the California Coast Series.
The Venice (MSRP £50) is the entry-level model and includes a four-in-line Telecaster-style headstock and a slim, C-shaped neck. Elsewhere, the Rincon (MSRP £170) is built from ovangkol and comes with a Fishman Kula preamp, while the Montecito tenor tops the range at £210 MSRP, with a full koa body, solid-top construction and green abalone binding, plus a bone nut and saddle.
Browse the full range of models below.
Venice Ukulele - £50
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Fender’s soprano ukulele captures the entertaining sights and unique, carefree vibe of Venice, California with the Venice Ukulele. </strong>
Thanks to its compact, comfortable body size, the Venice travels easily from the beach to the studio or jam room, while retaining the classic, light sound that makes the ukulele a “must-have” for today’s players. The slim "C"-shaped neck profile is comfortable to hold and easy to play, while the no-tie bridge makes changing strings a breeze. A stylish bound top and 4-in-line Tele® headstock adds a unique dash of Fender style that can’t be duplicated. Embrace the music of the boardwalk and live the beach life year-round with the Venice Ukulele.
Seaside Ukulele - £66
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: When it’s time to kick back and relax by the ocean, the Seaside Ukulele is always ready with inspiring style and sound. </strong>
Compact, comfortable and easily portable, this soprano ukulele is ideal for beginning players or anyone looking to add its light, joyful sound to their music. The slim "C"-shaped neck profile is comfortable and easy to move around on, while the no-tie bridge makes changing strings a breeze. Crafted from mahogany for a warm, bell-like tone, the Seaside’s open-pore finish gives it an organic look. The top, back and fingerboard bindings add a touch of elegance, while the traditional 2x2 headstock is sure to appeal to all ukulele aficionados.
Zuma Ukulele - £105
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Equally at home at the beach or the studio, this concert-sized ukulele is crafted from sapele, with an open-pore finish for balanced earthy tone that blends well with other instruments. </strong>
The Zuma falls between the smaller soprano and the larger tenor sizes, providing a full sound and comfortable playing experience for players with larger hands. The easy-playing, 16-fret neck extends the range, while the no-tie bridge makes changing strings quick and easy. A striking abalone rosette, bound top, back and fingerboard and 4-in-line Tele® headstock stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re following in the sandy footsteps of those who came before or blazing your own musical trail - the Zuma Ukulele is the perfect companion for all of your creative adventures.
Rincon Ukulele - £170
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Packed with elegant style and top-notch features, the tenor-sized Rincon Ukulele has a rich, deep voice that’s uniquely inspiring. </strong>
“Electrifying” isn’t a word usually associated with ukuleles, but for players who want to plug in and get loud, the Rincon features an onboard Fishman® Kula preamp. Crafted from ovangkol, with a solid top for enhanced volume, this ukulele sings with full-bodied chime while boasting a natural appearance. A no-tie bridge, bone nut and saddle and eye-catching abalone rosette round out the modern features, while the 2x2 headstock with vintage-style closed-back tuning machines gives it a traditional look.
Montecito Ukulele - £210
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Inspired by the California home of many celebrities, this ukulele’s screen-ready looks and headline grabbing features could only have one name - the Montecito Ukulele. </strong>
Constructed completely from koa, this tenor-sized ukulele has a rich, sonorous tone that matches its sumptuously elegant aesthetic. The solid top provides enhanced resonance and sustain, along with incredible warmth and well-balanced projection.
The Montecito's koa body is complemented by blue-green abalone top binding and a bound back and fingerboard for a refined look. Other features include a no-tie bridge for quick, easy string changes, a bone nut and saddle for superior tone, an abalone rosette, vintage-style closed-back tuning machines and a 4-in-line Tele® headstock for that unmistakably classic Fender look.