Back & Sides: Mahogany
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Nut width: 35 mm
Strings: Aquila Nylgut
Aria Concert Ukulele.
Martyn J Boyle – March 29, 2015
I am very happy with this instrument ACU SUS 250 (ACU-1) purchased from Southern Ukulele Store in Bournmouth, England and marketed with their own brand as SUS. I am fond of mahogany as a material which gives a warm tone without too much harshness. It is not a ‘loud’ instrument, but I was not looking for too much projection. The intonation along the neck is accurate ( within the boundaries of most ukuleles) and the action is very good, and I enjoy finger-picking as opposed to hard strumming.
This was not an expensive instrument, but for its build, looks and sound, I did not need to pay a considerable lot more as I feel that this instrument holds its own against ukuleles costing very, very much more. Also being solid wood as opposed to laminate, it will mature and develope as it is played and as time goes on. The machine heads hold their tune well and the finish is good. Perhaps the only niggle I have is that the wood around the inside of the sound-hole is a little rough and there is a slight ‘Dig’ on the rosette. These are purely cosmetic and is probably why the instrument was marketed through another supplier. Nothing is taken away from the overall performance of the instrument, and for the price there is nothing really to touch it. So, well done Aria, and I hope you produce and sell many of them.
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