Now that you have read Ukulele for Beginners and all about ukulele brands you are ready to buy your first ukulele. So the next question is “what is the best place to buy an ukulele?” Especially in the last few years the ukulele seems to be making a come back and is getting more popular. The good thing is that there are a lot of places to find ukuleles for sale. The bad thing is that it is harder to choose the best ukulele, the best price, and the best ukulele store.
If you are new to ukuleles, then two common places to start looking are Ebay and Amazon. The reason is that you can see a lot of different ukuleles and different prices between different sellers. If you choose to purchase from either of these two you also have some insurance that if you aren’t happy you can get your money back or an exchange of some kind. However, there are a lot of ukuleles for sale and getting help or good advice from sellers on either of these sites can be very hit and miss. Also, there are a lot of really cheap ukuleles, but trust me, you will want to get something better.
If you are looking for a beginner ukulele then you are probably looking to spend under a couple hundred dollars. Since most ukuleles aren’t individually set up at this price range, you might want to choose a company who sets it up for you. Setup includes things like saddle and nut heights and intonation checks to make sure the instrument sounds it’s best. You don’t want to buy a nice ukulele that doesn’t sound great because it’s not setup correctly.
The point is to make sure you consider the whole package (ukulele, service, shipping, etc) before making your choice. If you have a local music store then check them out. The advantage is that you can actually test out the instruments. Depending on the knowledge and service that they have, they may even be the better overall deal. Knowledge can be worth a lot.
Lastly, ask for advice and recommendations. Check out the forums and review sites. If there are lots of people who recommend a certain store, then it is probably a pretty safe bet. You can also use the forum to help find local stores that you might not know about. You will be spending a lot of time with your new ukulele, so make sure you spend some time choosing the right one and the right place to buy it.