The Clifford Essex ‘Nelson’ Resonator Ukulele

Indian Rosewood Fingerboard – Mother-of Pearl Position Dots – ABS Binding – Classic Neck Heel Joint.

Complete With A Plush Lined Very Strong Case

This is a beautiful instrument, with a great big sound. It’s a concert-sized ukulele (popular tunings are G, C, E, A, or A, D F# B), which comes with its own very protective high-density foam, lightweight fitted case. With our name on it you just know it has to be the best. This model is completely hand made to Clifford Essex specifications, we could never produce an instrument of this quality for this price here in the UK. We were not impressed with many of the resonator ukuleles currently available, one of the major problems being the non-slip (friction) tuning pegs fitted to the back of the peg head, over time they often slip and the screw at the back of the tuning peg needs to be tightened, eventually they become unserviceable and need to be replaced. Our resonator ukulele is fitted with high quality geared tuning pegs which simply cannot slip.

This instrument is ideal all players from the semi-professional to the professional player, a very playable instrument with high specifications at a very good price. This instrument makes an excellent and affordable upgrade from any entry-level instrument.


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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 62 × 26 × 8 cm

Product Details

Specifications Concert Size Chrome Plated Brass Body

Resonator Ukulele
Nut width: 35mm
Body length: 269mm
Upper bout: 145mm
Lower bout: 197mm
Arch Body thickness: 60mm
Scale length: 364mm/14″
Fingerboard: 19 frets. (12 to the body)

Solid Indian Rosewood
Machine heads: Geared Closed Chrome Plated Tuning Pegs
Biscut (The part in which the saddle sits): Solid Rosewood
Saddle: Solid Maple wood
Finish: Gloss Chrome-Plated

We have also added a tailpiece device to secure the strings as it enriches the overall tone. Our photos show The Nelson ukulele with and without the tailpiece device. The tailpiece is easily removed if desired (see review below for more instructions).

Complete With A Plush Lined Very Strong Case

The Resonator Ukulele

A resonator ukulele or “resophonic ukulele” is a ukulele whose sound is produced by one or more spun aluminum cones (resonators) instead of the wooden soundboard (ukulele top/face). These instruments are sometimes referred to as “Dobro ukuleles,” however the term “Dobro” is currently trademarked by the Gibson Guitar Corporation The resonator ukulele is a descendant of the resonator guitar. The resonator guitar was originally designed to be louder than conventional acoustic guitars, which were overwhelmed by horns and percussion instruments in dance orchestras. A resonator ukulele is generally somewhat louder than a standard wooden ukulele and has a different tone quality and distinctive appearance. Though resonator guitars are often played flat in the lap steel guitar style, resonator ukuleles are almost exclusively played in the conventional manner.

Postage UK: FREE.   Europe: £40.00.  Rest of the world: £80.00. If required, it is the responsibility of the customer to pay any taxes or import duties for customs clearance.

2 reviews for The Clifford Essex 'Nelson' Resonator Ukulele

  1. Clem Vickery

    Review taken from our previous website
    Clifford Essex ‘Nelson’ Resonator Ukulele

    The Nelson resonator ukulele provides robust quality, solid value and a faithful replication of the style of the famous National steel instruments from the 1930s. The smooth neck and frets make playing a pleasure. The resonator cone has good size, giving strong tone, volume and intonation over all frequencies. For those who might find this uke a little heavier than they’re used to, two straplocks have been fitted. Clifford Essex have added a tailpiece device for securing the strings that may be evident on some of the publicity material. However, this is a matter of player choice, because the device can easily be removed by taking off the resonator cover plate and undoing just two screws, making the operation completely reversible if necessary. I’ve preferred to remove the tailpiece device myself and go with the original, simpler looking set-up: anyone who’s familiar with fitting tie-on strings to banjo ukes will have no difficulty with reliably re-stringing the Nelson, using Clifford Essex Heavy Gauge Ukulele-Banjo strings for preference.

    David Smith, 19th March 2020

  2. Clem Vickery

    Product Review 1(Taken from our previous website)
    Authors Name: Pauline

    Rating: 4
    Review Title: Excellent Resonator Uke
    Review Copy:

    I have just received my Clifford Essex Nelson Resonator Ukulele and it is beautiful. Everything that it says on the website is true. I was a little nervous buying without seeing, hearing, or holding it, and because it is so new there were no reviews available. But I was pleased with how accessible the company was when I phoned to ask some detailed questions – I spoke with Clem who answered all my questions, and some I hadn’t thought of. I am used to playing tenor size but this weighty little uke feels substantial enough to make an easy transition. The finish is perfect, the neck smooth, good tuning heads. Fitted with Aquila strings it has a rich strong tone. Arriving in two days, well packed, in a good strong case, with an extra set of strings and some inspiring reading matter, I am very pleased with the service. Thank you to the team at Clifford Essex.

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