Fender unveils Billie Eilish signature ukulele

Despite an astonishing number of product announcements this year, Fender is far from finished for 2020, as it launches a signature ukulele for pop music prodigy Billie Eilish.

Eilish’s signature concert-sized model features sapele top, back and sides, finished in matte black and adorned with the artist’s trademark ‘blohsh’ symbol.

Fender is promising a stage-ready instrument, thanks to Fishman Kula electronics, complete with volume, bass, middle and treble controls, and a built-in tuner.

Other features include a no-tie bridge, nato neck, walnut fingerboard, bone nut, and four-in-line, black-finished Tele headstock.

The ukulele was the first instrument Eilish learned, and continues to be her main writing and recording tool - Fender recently added six Billie Eilish songs to its Fender Play learning platform for others to learn.

“The ukulele was the first instrument I learned,” said Eilish. “It’s where I started writing, and where I found new ways of writing that I had never tried before. It inspires a different kind of writing. 

“The rules of the ukulele are simple, and basically if you know three chords you can play almost any song. I hope my Fender Signature ukulele inspires people to start playing, and start writing; anyone can do it.”

The Billie Eilish Uke is available now for $299 - see Fender for more info.

It marks the latest addition to Fender’s rapidly expanding line-up of ukuleles, which was bolstered by Fullerton ukes in Tele, Strat and Jazzmaster shapes earlier this year.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.