2023 marks the 10 year anniversary of Noah Ukuleles!
To celebrate this milestone, I decided that I wanted to add a special model to the Noah range. The question was though – what should it be?
A couple of years ago Mr Anh, the head luthier at Noah Ukuleles, built me a quite incredible acoustic guitar that I absolutely love and is by far my favourite instrument which I’ve ever owned. When trying to decide on what kind of model to do for the 10th anniversary, the idea of trying to replicate the design features of this guitar in ukulele form kept coming back to me… so in the end, that was what I went for.
It has the classic wood combination of Indian Rosewood back and sides, paired with a Spruce top, giving it a lovely bright tone which responds really well to both strumming and finger-picking.
The body has a striking florentine cutaway, which will appeal to players who enjoy utilising the frets higher up the neck where it meets the body. There is a small side-mounted soundhole – this is something that you might have seen on other ukuleles and acoustic guitars and the reasoning behind it is that it allows some of the sound to be directed towards you. If you’re playing in a large group, this would be very useful in enabling you to better hear what you are playing!
Some other nice design features are the angled bridge, often seen on high-end acoustic guitars, and the beveled armrest. I have to admit that before owning my guitar, I wasn’t convinced about the need for a beveled armrest – but now I’m a big advocate! It basically removes the sharp edge at the point where you would rest your picking arm, and is extremely comfortable, particularly if you’re playing for a long period of time.
This ukuele was reviewed in May 2023 by Barry Maz on Got A Ukulele. You can watch the video review below, and read the full review here.