Snail Ukuleles offer a certain charm and warmth that can only be realised in full once you get to hold one. They have a wonderful tone, and vary subtly with each model due to the variations of woods used on the different models such as Ebony, Mahogany, and Zebrawood. The UKC-E498 has a Ebony laminate, top back and sides, and wood pattern binding. It has a warm and full tone. The build and fittings are excellent, and the uke feels well balanced and is comfortable to hold.