Buying your first ukulele can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of ukuleles to consider, a lot of different ukulele brands, and even different sizes. You will be spending a lot of time with your ukulele, so you want it to be the right one. So what is the right one for you? Here is a list of three things you should consider.
How serious are you about learning the ukulele
This may seem like a pretty stupid question. If you weren’t serious then you wouldn’t be planning to buy an ukulele right. However, knowing the answer to this question will help you decide what kind of an ukulele to purchase.
If you have experience with music and know what it takes to learn, and know that you will continue, then you should buy something that is nicer. That way you don’t have to buy something better down the line.
If you just want to try learning the ukulele, or if this is your first instrument, then you may want to buy a less expensive ukulele. Something like the Makala Dolphin, which has a great sound, but can be had at a great price. This way if you don’t decide to continue playing you are only out a few bucks and can give the ukulele to someone else wanting to learn.
Try the ukuleles out
This isn’t always possible. For those who do have the ability to test out different ukuleles, you definitely should. It will allow you to see how they feel in your hands and how your fingers hit the chords. You will also find that ukuleles vary between each one. Some will sound great while others might not sound as good (even though they are the same model). Getting them in your hands will help you find the right one for you.
The right shop and setup
Not every shop carries ukuleles, and most of the ones that do, don’t specialize in them. This means that they are selling the ukuleles as is. This is usually okay for high end ukuleles, but for ukuleles for beginners, ones in the lower to middle range, most will sound better with a proper setup. A shop who knows ukuleles will usually offer a setup with their ukuleles, which helps to get rid of the imperfections from manufacturing and makes your ukulele sound better. Most places will include this service for free when selling an ukulele, but you should always consider this in the final value when making your choice. A proper setup is probably worth about $20-$40.
So now that you know what to look for, check out some of the below links to get started on choosing your ukulele.