Popuband Populele Smart Ukulele – LED Fretboard, Bluetooth Connection – Free app for iOS and Android, Game Mode for Beginners – Acoustic Concert Size

It seems like pretty much everything comes in a smart version these days. So why not musical instruments? More and more instruments that produce a digital signal (like electric guitars and keyboards) are coming with dedicated companion apps. With the Populele, Popuband takes this a step further, giving you a smart version of a traditionally […]

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Popuband Populele Smart Ukulele – LED Fretboard, Bluetooth Connection – Free app for iOS and Android, Game Mode for Beginners – Acoustic Concert Size

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It seems like pretty much everything comes in a smart version these days.

So why not musical instruments?

More and more instruments that produce a digital signal (like electric guitars and keyboards) are coming with dedicated companion apps. With the Populele, Popuband takes this a step further, giving you a smart version of a traditionally acoustic instrument.

Let’s start with the smart capabilities, since that’s the aspect of this instrument that’s the most unique.

The Populele is Bluetooth connected and designed to pair with the free Populele app, which you can download on any iOS or Android device. The app has tons of features that will be useful for beginners, including a tool that teaches you to tune, a built-in recorder, and a regularly updated chord and tune library.

But that’s just part of the story…

The fretboard of this smart ukulele has 72 LED bulbs built in, and these are the key to making the most of the Populele app.

How do they work?

When you play a song from the library, these lights will illuminate in rhythm to guide you through and teach you how to play it. You can also control the lights independently in Dazzle Mode.

And, this is really cool…

You can create custom light patterns or even spell out messages to add some visual appeal to your performances.

You may have noticed what we haven’t talked about yet:

The ukulele itself...

It’s a perfectly functional beginner concert ukulele. Tuning it is easy and it stays in tune fairly well. The combination of maple and spruce in the construction gives it a decent sound.

We weren’t a huge fan of the fretboard, however, and the feel of it is more on the toy-like side of the spectrum than some of the other (even more affordable) ukes on this list.

Do you want a smart ukulele?

This is your obvious choice; just keep in mind you’ll need to upgrade to a better instrument once you’ve progressed to the intermediate or pro level. If you don’t plan on using the smart features, you’ll be better off looking elsewhere.

Features:

  • Weight: 3.66 pounds
  • Soundboard: Spruce
  • Body/neck: European maple
  • Fretboard: LED-equipped
  • Hardware: Quasi-closed metal gear tuning pegs
  • Included: Aquila strings, Populele app with song library
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