Flight WUS-4 Koa Soprano Ukulele
Flight is pleased to announce the return of the WUS-4 soprano ukulele. The WUS-4 was first introduced as a Hawaiian-made ukulele. The factory moved back to Japan due to the challenges of the pandemic, and now are making these same wonderful ukuleles in Japan–which also has a rich tradition of quality ukuleles. At Flight, we love to bring new features and styling to the ukulele, but we are always aware of the history of the instrument and its roots in Hawaii. Many players dream of owning a Hawaiian-made ukulele, but are often unable to do so because of the cost of those instruments. The WUS-4 is built from premium koa laminate imported from Hawaii. These ukuleles have traditional styling and are built in the classical Hawaiian style. The koa laminate allows the ukulele to share some of the tonal characteristics of solid koa, while keeping the price accessible to buyers. The instrument uses Japanese fluorocarbon strings and its sound is exceptional: open, balanced, and brilliant. As a laminate ukulele, the WUS-4 will put many of its all-solid relatives to shame. In terms of playability, we have used a slightly wider nut (36mm) with a slimmer neck profile for these Flight ukuleles. In addition to the looks, sound, and playability, the laminate construction also makes the WUS-4 easier to care for than solid ukuleles. The combination of these features makes these ukuleles a joy to play and listen to.
This model is Gute Ukulele exclusive and can only be purchased here.
Laminated Koa Soprano Ukulele
Let your music take
Koa is a magical wood, a type of acacia wood that is grown only on Hawaii. Only koa trees that fall on their own can be harvested, making the wood even more rare. Ukuleles made from solid koa have a special sound—some would call it the “true” sound of a ukulele—and that is why koa is highly sought after as a tone wood. We have used laminate koa for the WUS-4, made of koa, from Hawaii. While we will never claim the WUC-4 is solid koa, the WUC-4 is open, balanced, and brilliant—all features of koa.
Simple yet complex
Mahogany neck & walnut fingerboard
Bone nut & walnut bridge
The WUS-4 uses a bone nut and saddle to better transmit vibrations to the sound board. The nut is a tiny piece of the ukulele, but it has an incredible impact on the playability of an instrument. The WUS-4 comes with a slightly larger nut than many Flight ukuleles, measuring in at just over 36mm. A wider nut makes it easier to play a shorter scale ukulele, such as the case of the WUS-4, which is a soprano scale ukulele. Combined with great action and a wider nut, you will find this ukulele to have more finger room than most soprano ukuleles and even some larger scale ukuleles!
It all starts with the head
Good-looking and easy to tune
Headstock design is an integral part of our identity. All Flight ukuleles feature a carefully-designed headstock fitted with geared tuners that will hold their tuning.
Light and stylish gig bag
To top it all off, no Flight uke ever leaves our nest without being safely wrapped up in a gig bag.
Every tiny detail matters.
Body Shape: Soprano (15 frets)
Top: Laminated Koa
Back & Side: Laminated Koa
Bridge: Pacific Walnut
Fretboard: Pacific Walnut
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Nut Width: 36mm
Strings: Flight Fluorocarbon
Position Markers: 5th, 7th and 10th frets.
Premium Features: Lamiante Hawaiian Koa, Exceptional Sound, Wider and Slimmer Neck Profile, Open Geared Tuners, Flight Fluorocarbon strings
Includes gig bag!
Jan Haasler plays the WUS 4