Before I give you my personal recommendation to buy what is the best ukulele for the money, Let me introduce a little about myself to make my point valuable to other buyers out there. I have been playing the guitar professionally for 12 years and I came to love the ukulele 5 years ago when I visited Hawaii. In that beautiful island, I started playing the ukulele and even when I left the island I still play it. I bought my first ukulele online in ebay and was satisfied with it cause I did my research well before purchasing one. So here I will share to you what I have learned and I hope this will help you make a good decision cause I have read too many reviews that they made a mistake buying their first ukulele and wasted money and time.
Here’s what to consider when choosing to buy the Best Ukulele for the money:
When selecting a ukulele for beginner, because of wide variety of ukuleles out in the market; you might get overwhelmed. There are too many popular brands and models that offers durability, reliability, affordability and playability with really good performance.
First one I will recommend is the Makala Dolphin ukulele. This is my first choice when it comes to beginners cause it is perfect for people who don’t have any experience with ukulele or for small kids who wants to learn ukulele. It is made of plastic buy despite the material used, it is surprisingly good. You can make this a lot better if you use a Aquila Nylgut strings. It is reliable and durable as well as cheap, giving you pleasurable experience without breaking the bank. Kids love it cause of its many colors available.
Second one is the Lanikai. This uke is also a good option for beginners. This Soprano uke is made of laminated wood giving it a classic wood look. The Lanikai also offers a solid tenor ukes with clear, rich sound. This one is much more expensive than that other Lanikai.
Third is the Cordoba Concert Ukulele 15cm which is made of laminated front, mahogany side, back and top. It has a gives the impression of solid wood, even though it is cheap. It is also offers deep and rich sound. This brand comes to many sizes ranging from Soprano type to Baritone type.
Fourth on my list is the Kala brand ukulele. This brand offers 3 sizes that can cater for players with small to big hands who might find the soprano ukes a little hard to use. The tenor size uses the same material but in a little bigger size. I recommend the Kala soprano as the best option for children who is a total beginner. The Kala Soprano gives a travel case that will make it easier to transport and protects it from scratches. This brand also receives a very high review online for its portability, aesthetic look and playability.
Last and fifth one is the Luna Tenor Ukulele. I recommend this for people like me who has experience in guitar or other string instruments like bass player, mandolin or banjo. The Luna Tenor Uke is a a great value for the money for its look, sound and high quality.
As a bonus, I am going to throw in some tips for buying a ukulele as well. First you need to consider is the budget and if you plan to go professional or just for beach gigs or it may be given as a gift for kids etc.
Tip #1. I find it important to first borrow a ukulele from a friend or rent one to try the different sizes and what may work best for you. You can also visit many local stores to try one.
Tip #2. Consider your Budget. I said this cause some ukulele are too expensive and you might purchase one that is not fit for you skill. Just remember that the more solid material used, it is more expensive. I won’t personally recommend the very cheap one cause of very low quality and sounds really off.
Tip #3. Style. There are many ukuleles that are nice to look at but it doesn’t mean that they are good. So you need to weigh on the instrument its playability and durability.
I hope I made your shopping easy and you enjoyed reading my recommendation.
About the Author
Arthur is a professional player of both guitar and ukulele. Also a seasoned writer of various instruments. He’s passion is all about music and his family.