Best Ukuleles

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
Today, a variety of music instruments doesn't fail to amaze and one can find an instrument to any needs and liking. In this review, we'd like to present one of the most peculiar musical instruments known by the name "ukulele", with the sound bearing no resemblance to any other sound produced. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Material
Number of Frets
Size
Peculiarities
 
PROS
Luna Tattoo concert ukulele looks great with its traditional Hawaiian ornament.
CONS
You will have to spend some time customizing the fret sound.
OUR VERDICT
If you are passionate about ukulele, this wonderful model is what you've been looking for! A traditional Hawaiian ukulele with a wonderful sounding.
detailed parameters
Type
Concert
Material
Mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard
Number of Frets
18
Size
15 inches
Peculiarities
Inlays resemble shark teeth
PROS
This four-stringed ukulele offers surprisingly good sound and playability.
CONS
If you have long fingers, you will need to get used to the size.
OUR VERDICT
Kala KA-15S is suitable for beginners and for enthusiasts who want to play on ukulele for getting pleasure.
detailed parameters
Type
Soprano
Material
Mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard
Number of Frets
12
Size
13 inches
Peculiarities
Classical forms
PROS
This ukulele is sonorous and loud due to its distinctive shape and materials.
CONS
The strings are of a standard quality.
OUR VERDICT
This model will be perfect for a multi-instrumentalist and also for beginners who want to discover ukulele.
detailed parameters
Type
Baritone
Material
Mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard
Number of Frets
20
Size
19 inches
Peculiarities
Available in a pineapple shape
PROS
The scope of supply includes a tuner that allows maintaining tonality while playing.
CONS
Glossy coating is easily stained.
OUR VERDICT
One of the best options for those only starting to master an ukulele. It comes with a gig bag for carrying the ukulele around.
detailed parameters
Type
Baritone (Soprano, Tenor, Concert also available)
Material
Mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard
Number of Frets
18
Size
20.25 inches
Peculiarities
Aquila Nylgut premium strings
PROS
Built-in LCD display provides fast and easy setup.
CONS
A quite sound without any additional acoustic system.
OUR VERDICT
This ukulele is perfect for playing outdoor concerts and for concerts in small venues. Also, the design is eye-catching and beautiful.
detailed parameters
Type
Electric Bass
Material
Zebrawood body, Rosewood fretboard
Number of Frets
16
Size
20 inches
Peculiarities
Electro bass ukulele, Aquila Nylgut strings

What is an Ukulele

Ukulele is a guitar of a distinctive shape and sound which certainly can give a lot of positive emotions and uplift your mood. A lot of people mistakenly think of ukulele as of a children's toy guitar and this is not surprising, considering its small guitar-like design. Yet, it's a full-fledged musical instrument with several tunings. Due to its compact size, the ukulele is convenient to hold and you can take it anywhere with you. This instrument can also be called a uke. If you want to join the ukulele revolution, our review will help you choose a suitable model. Also, our review will be of use for avid musicians.

Whether you are stringed instruments enthusiast or a professional guitar player, you will definitely appreciate one of electric guitars represented in our review.

What Features to Compare

Firstly, we will recommend you to consider the type and size of ukuleles. Depending on the size there are four main types, each with its own name: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone ukuleles. Soprano uke is 21 inches long, and it is a standard length for ukuleles. This is the most popular type, and also the best possible ukulele for beginners who only start to learn this instrument. The Concert ukulele is a little bigger, it is over 23 inches long, a very convenient size to play. This type of ukulele has more frets. The next type is the Tenor, a ukulele of the convenient size for those who are used to a guitar fingerboard, about 26 inches long. These ukuleles have a deeper and louder sound as against the Soprano ones. The last is the Baritone uke. It is 30 inches long and it will be tuned like a full-size guitar. There are also Bass ukuleles which may be of the same size with Baritone ones, but they are slightly rarer and intended for giving out the low-frequency sound. Bass ukuleles are kind of resemble the sound of a contrabass, but you do not need to hold them vertically to play. Apart from the size, there are a lot of different shapes of ukuleles. They can be in the shape of a pineapple, paddles, in a triangular and square shape. The most popular are guitar-shaped ukuleles that resemble the number "8".

After deciding on the size, you should pay attention to the material which ukuleles are made of. The traditional Hawaiian guitar is made of a koa wood, it is a local wood similar to mahogany. Nowadays, manufacturers often substitute it with ash, Agathis, rosewood, or mahogany. Sometimes soundboard may be made of spruce, walnut or maple - less expensive types of wood, but nonetheless perfect from the acoustic point of view. Also, there exist ukuleles, completely or partially made of plastic. Those are good ukuleles for beginners.

Ukuleles also can have different peculiarities like bright drawings or paintings, photos, or varnish covering to reveal the wood structure. The tuners can be chrome or gold plated, wood, of various shapes and designs - to make your ukulele stand out. Also, the more frets your ukulele has, the more melodic and the richer sounding will be. Depending on the guitar size, the fingerboard may have from 12 to 20 frets. The strings' scale length (the maximum length of a string between the nut and the saddle) affects the melody too. The longer it is, the more tones and sounds your ukulele will be able to produce.

Nowadays you can find electric ukulele models. The housing might have a miniature battery-powered amplifier. This type of ukulele can be connected to the combo amplifier, to play the sound through the speakers. It is a perfect solution for those who play on the stage or who love the amplified sound of their musical instruments.

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Review of Luna Mahogany Series Tattoo Concert Ukulele

Luna Mahogany Series Tattoo Concert Ukulele

Luna Mahogany Series Tattoo Concert Ukulele

Type and Size

Any person will feel comfortable holding this 23-inch Luna ukulele in hands. Be it an adult with grand plans of conquering the stage and capturing peoples' hearts, or a kid only beginning his/her journey paired with this wonderful instrument, this concert ukulele will be a great choice! In general, concert ukuleles are really universal, that is why they are so popular. Buy one and entertain yourself and your friend. With Luna Tattoo uke you will be a star of every party!

Material

The body of this Luna Tattoo ukulele is performed in mahogany. This material is known for its wonderful sounding and top-notch quality. The fretboard is made of rosewood and it completes the astonishing look of this ukulele. There is a traditional Hawaiian engraving on this concert ukulele, which makes it look really unique. A schematic image of waves adds to the elegance. The manufacturer also offers some variations in design, including images of sharks, turtles, the sun, water, rain, etc.

Peculiarities

The scale length of the Luna Mahogany Series Tattoo Concert Ukulele is 15 inches, and it features 18 frets to provide a stunning sound. This wide frets selection gives you the opportunity to try different tones. You will enjoy the ukulele's aesthetic possibilities to the fullest. The inlays are made to look like shark teeth, adding to the image of fun and danger you can find in Hawaii. We believe this is what the Luna creators wanted to show.

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Review of Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Type and Size

This soprano ukulele has a small size, so you can take it anywhere. As a rule, its major sounding will boost your mood and make others smile. Kala ukulele offers a good playability and nice sound. Playing this ukulele will totally carry you away. It provides a professional-level system which sounding will conquer the heart of every listener. Ultimately, you will enjoy playing on this soprano ukulele and it will surely fill your life with awesome music.

Material

Kala is a well known and trusted manufacturer of the ukes. The body and neck are made of mahogany and the fretboard of rosewood. Owing to the vibration of strings, the sound is more sonorous and deeper. A mahogany construction delivers a bright tone which captures your soul. A satin finish provides pleasant sensation while playing this Kala ukulele. Geared tuners allow you to adjust uke easy and fast. With this ukulele, you will always have a great entertainer on hand.

Peculiarities

A classical Kala soprano ukulele of a good quality is equipped with nylon premium AQUILA NYLGUT strings and guitar mechanics. Due to the accurate craftsmanship, your instrument will sound amazing. This uke takes you into the atmosphere of the Hawaiian dances and songs. After all, your listeners will be satisfied with such great music as much as you. The Kala ukulele suits both beginners and professionals alike.

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Review of Diamond Head Natural Mahogany Baritone Ukulele

Diamond Head Natural Mahogany Baritone Ukulele

Diamond Head Natural Mahogany Baritone Ukulele

Type and Size

Baritone ukulele is the biggest of its kind. It offers a greater bass range than other types of uke do. A scale length and guitar-style tuning will perfectly suit those who already know how to play the guitar. A warm and rich sound of this ukulele will go to your head and make the process of playing special and enjoyable. There is no doubt that this uke can become a great model to play fantastic music.

Material

The body and the neck are made of mahogany which provides a beautiful sonorous sound and elegant appearance of the ukulele. The design of Diamond Head uke is classical and makes it looks very expensive. A rosewood fingerboard delivers good vibrations of strings. Besides, dots on the frets made of ABS plastic make them indelible. By the way, this ukulele has a polyurethane finish and ensure a long service of this model.

Peculiarities

Due to a thought-through design, this uke delivers distinctive playing. This ukulele can replace full-sized guitar. The exterior of this ukulele attracts people of all ages. Also, a black gig bag is included in the set for easier transportation and keeping. What's more, there are gold-plated geared tuners which make this ukulele look more appealing and respectable. All your musical preferences will come into reality with this ukulele.

Diamond Head Natural Mahogany Baritone Ukulele
Diamond Head Natural Mahogany Baritone Ukulele
 
Review of Kala MK-B Makala Ukulele Bundle with Gig Bag

Kala MK-B Makala Ukulele Bundle with Gig Bag

Kala MK-B Makala Ukulele Bundle with Gig Bag

Type and Size

Kala MK-B Makala Ukulele Bundle with Gig Bag represents a baritone type and it is known from 1940's. Its size is perfectly universal, great for beginners and experienced users alike. You can comfortably place it in your hands and please your ears with its amazing sound. You will be also able to select another size as the manufacturer offers these ukuleles in concert, soprano, tenor, and pineapple sizes, too. Every person will definitely find the model to their taste.

Material

Austin Bazaar manufactured this baritone ukulele using the finest mahogany, creating a great musical instrument. The body has an outstanding satin finish and a distinctive white binding on the top and back. You will never confuse this ukulele with any other. The fretboard and bridge are made of rosewood, the wood belonging to the Dalbergia genus. The most famous of rosewoods grow in Brazil and Guatemala. This is a pretty rare wood which makes this baritone ukulele really elegant and stylish.

Peculiarities

Kala MK-B Makala has 18 frets, giving you the opportunity to play a variety of tones and notes. Whatever you play, the sound will be rich and appealing. The strings of this baritone ukulele are the nylon Aquila Nylgut premium ones. Be sure, their quality is superb; Aquila® is a well-known manufacturer of this product. Also, the delivery package includes a tuner so that you could adjust the sound when you are playing your ukulele. And, to top it all, there is a gig bag! Your Kala ukulele will be safe and sound with it. A wonderful addition.

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Review of Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-22 NM

Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-22 NM

Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-22 NM

Type and Size

This electric ukulele is of the same size as the Baritone. Uke design is close to an ordinary guitar. This uke is specific due to the fact that it is electric and bass. You will be amazed at the sounds which the ukulele delivers. If you are a professional player with skilled hands, you will impress everybody with unique bass sound. Undoubtedly, with this electric ukulele, you will fill your life with exceptional music.

Material

Body and neck are made of zebra wood and the fretboard of rosewood. These quality materials provide a long lifetime of the uke. Rosewood has an oily texture that's why it is used in ukuleles production. Due to the materials, this electric ukulele sounds warm and rich. Hadean uses Aquila Nylgut strings which guarantee an easy tuning and accurate fret-intonation. You will be totally satisfied with this ukulele.

Peculiarities

The benefit of this model is an integrated tuner, enabling easy sound set and frequency adjustment (high, mid and low). Thick strings deliver a soft and deep bass. Also, there is a removable rear panel to change strings easily. Furthermore, this electric ukulele has an option for headphones to be plugged in. In this way, a strong bass sound will come just right into your ears. Undoubtedly, you will enjoy capabilities of this uke.

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