Yes, I think that is a common problem. A couple of years ago I was in a shop that had some luthier made instruments from a builder who also makes guitars. They were gorgeous instruments with lovely woods and great detail. They were pretty heavy and sounded really dead.I've enjoyed that too. And my takeaway was the comment on how their first ukes were overbuilt, like little guitars. I've always suspected that this is the issue with Fender ukes not sounding great acoustically.