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All Thunderbird Series ukuleles are built to order! Your instrument will ship 14 days after your order.
The Thunderbird Series is our upper echelon "built to order" ukulele line. This tier offers exotic woods, ornate craftsmanship, expanded electronics, and more advanced features. These are USA made, professional quality steel string ukuleles built with premium quality materials. Experience the highest level of ukulele quality with the Sparrow Thunderbird series!
This Thunderbird Series ukulele is "built to order" and will ship 14 days after your order. Click here for more information on the Sparrow Thunderbird Series.
This is a brand new model for 2022! Our popular semi hollow tenor model is now available as a baritone! This model is light, snappy, vibrant, and has tons of sustain. The semi hollow body offers a little more reedy bite in the mid frequencies and gives a bit more of an acoustic timber.
This model features a Richlite fingerboard, Cherry body, Figured Maple top, quartersawn Cherry neck and Maple pickup bobbins. The fret markers and side markers are geometric Maple.
The pickup is hand built and wound in-house to our specs! The Alnico V magnets yield a rich and touch sensitive tone and exceptional clarity. This model sports a “humbucker” which provides noise free operation and thick tone. Pulling out on the tone knob engages “single coil split” mode which yields crystalline single coil tones and bell-like chime. The “resistance dropping” circuit lowers the 500k potentiometer value (typically perfect for humbucking pickups) to about 290K, which is much more suitable for a single coil pickup. This provides an even more accurate approximation of single coil tone!
The Cherry neck is easily adjusted with a modern, 2-way truss rod ensuring proper setup in any season or climate. This is a new feature that we have started offering this year!
The Richlite fingerboard sports a comfy 12" radius for super easy playability. The cutaway allows for easy access to the highest frets.
All Sparrow ukuleles are strung with our custom selected set of GHS strings to ensure the perfect balance of feel, playability, ergonomics, tone and intonation. This uke comes standard with DGBE tuning.
The action is low and light. This uke is setup to shred!
Woods: Cherry body, Maple top, and Cherry neck. Richlite fingerboard and Maple pickup bobbins.
Strings: DGBE GHS flat wound custom set: .036, .024, .017, .012.
Electronics: The controls are standard volume and tone. The Alnico 5 magnet hand wound, custom designed pickup has 6500 turns (per coil) of 42 gauge copper wire and has a resistance of about 7 ohms. This gives the pickup a warm, organic tone that reacts nicely to picking nuance. All the bridge saddles are properly grounded to provide the quietest operation possible.
This pickup is wired for “coil splitting”. To access this feature, simply pull out on the tone knob and it will engage a switch that deactivates half of the pickup providing a much more “single coil” tone.
Truss Rod: Two way adjustable truss rod.
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Bridge: We use individual string saddles to allow for optimum string spacing for the best feel and performance. The bridge saddles have individually adjustable intonation screws as well as standard height adjustment.
Nut: The nut is hand carved out of bone. The nut width is 1.5″.
Tuners: 15:1 ratio geared tuners.
This model comes with 2 strap buttons installed and is ready to rock!