Product Review: Fender Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele

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Fender has created a gem with the Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele, introduced at Winter NAMM 2020 as part of their Fullerton ukulele series, with the body styles of the Telecaster, Stratocaster, and the Jazzmaster guitars.

Featuring the undeniable body shape; four vintage Kluson style in-line tuners on a painted headstock; a Fender-designed preamp with volume and tone controls; built-in tuner; no-tie bridge, and nickel hardware, the Jazzmaster ukulele comes in an Olympic White or Tidepool finish.

I point out the no-tie bridge, as it makes for easy string changes. This is a big deal because, with traditional uke bridges, you have to knot the string ends when you put on a new set, which can be a challenge when it’s five minutes to showtime.

As an American vintage guitar enthusiast, with the Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele, it was love at first sight. Playing “Kashmir,” “Ode to Joy,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Freebird” never sounded so cool and funny at the same time.

The Fender Fullerton Jazzmaster Ukulele is a well-designed instrument, blending tradition with innovation and flair. Its near-weightlessness, ease of play, and modern features free your creativity to wherever you want to go. It’s my favorite new instrument of the year.

Price:  $199.99
For more information and full specs, visit fender.com

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Steve McKinley is the bass player for Joel Kosche (of Collective Soul) in his solo band and for the Led Zeppelin tribute Led Zeppelified. He’s been part of the Atlanta music scene for years playing in bands (i.e. Julius Pleaser, Sid Vicious Experience, Pretty Vacant et al) and has recorded and toured throughout the Southeast. His songs have been played on the radio, he has appeared on television and is an ASCAP member. With his electronics skills and experience, he runs Atlanta Tube Amp and Steve McKinley Electronics and is an Instructor on JamPlay.com. He roots for Atlanta United, works on cars and drinks his coffee strong, hot and black. He can be found on his sites, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. www.atlantatubeamp www.tubescreamermods.com