Buy Ukulele: Best Ukulele For Beginners Under $100

If you want to buy your first ukulele, but aren’t sure which ukulele to buy, then this is the post for you. If you are wanting to spend under $60 or even under $40, then the most recommended ukulele was the Makala Dolphin. You can see how it fared here: Ukuleles For Beginners under $60.

But what if you want to spend a little more and get something nicer? What should you get then? What if you want to buy an ukulele around the $100 range? Well according to the poll that I submitted on the Ukulele Underground Forum, the answer is a draw.

The Makala Dolphin and the Kala KA-S both recieved 24.5% of the votes. Some people felt that the Kala KA-S was the best ukulele for the money. Others believed that there wasn’t a big enough difference to warrant spending the additional money and that it should be saved up to get a more expensive ukulele. You can see the full results here:

  • Kala K-15S- 5.26%
  • Kala KA-S- 24.56%
  • Makala MK-S- 5.26%
  • Makala MK-C- 8.77%
  • Makala Dolphin- 24.56%
  • Lanikai LU-21- 5.26%
  • Bruko/Brueko Soprano- 3.51%
  • Other (specify in comments)- 22.81%

So which one should you buy? It really depends on how much money you want to spend and what your goals are. However, with the Dolphin being as good as it is, it is a hard bargain to pass up. Rarely do you hear people give it bad reviews. I think at this price level it would have to be my choice for the best value.

Ukulele For Beginners: DIY Ukulele Hanger

I have had my new ukulele for about a month now, and to be honest, I haven’t really played it that much. It’s not that I don’t want to play, it’s just that I keep it in the bag. When it’s in the bag, I am not really thinking about playing it as often as I would like.

The new ukulele I got my wife however, is always sitting around and I play it all the time. So here is a tip from ukulele for beginners. If you want to play your ukulele as much as possible, keep it in a location that is easy to get to and a place where you can see it all the time. The more it’s in front of your eyes, the more you will pick it up.

The problem, is that my ukulele came with a bag and not a stand. It’s a nice bag, but it is still a bag. Great for travelling (I carried my ukulele from the US to Japan), but not so great for keeping it where I can play it.

So here is a better option. How about making a rack that will hang your ukulele(s) and will barely cost any money at all. It’s really simple and only takes a few supplies. You might even be able to come up with something very similar and more creative.

Here is a video on how to make your very own DIY ukulele rack:

Ukulele For Beginners: Ukulele Buyer’s Guide

I have talked a lot about the things you want to avoid in buying your first ukulele. There are a lot of questions on the web from beginner ukulele players about what is the best ukulele for beginners. Well, it really depends on what kind of instrument you are looking for. Is this your first instrument? Are you really serious about playing or are you just looking to play every once and a while? Do you want to spend as little as possible or get something really nice.

The answers to all of these questions will decide which is the best ukulele for you to buy. You don’t want to get a cheap ukulele because it will sound like crap, but decent ukuleles can be had for around $40.

While the criteria to find the perfect ukulele changes for each person. There are certain things that everyone should do when finding their ukulele. This includes getting it from a store that knows what they are doing, playing it before you buy it (when possible), and really thinking about how much you are going to use it.

The below video discusses some of the important things you want to consider when making your first ukulele purchase. You’ll notice that he talks about a twingy A string. I also had this problem with my first ukulele. It is quite annoying. This can be avoided by choosing a good ukulele and having it setup properly.

Some stores may charge a little more, but if they include a proper setup with the ukulele, then an extra $20-$40 is worth it. This is especially true when purchasing ukuleles in the sub $100 range, which are more likely to have slight imperfections. However, with a proper setup, I can say that the Makala MKS I purchased for my brother was darn near as good as the Hamano I purchased for myself. I was actually more impressed with it because it sounded so good for so little.

So here is the video. It’s a little erratic, but has some good points.

2 Ukuleles For Beginners

I have talked quite a bit about the Makala Dolphin and the Makala MK-S. They were the top two in the best ukulele for beginners under $60 and even ranked very high above that price as well. If you are trying to choose the best between the two then here is a helpful video.

They both sound great, but are made of different materials. The Makala Dolphin is made of plastic and the MK-S is made of wood. I’ll let you decide which one sounds best.

 

 

 

Beginner Ukulele Song: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”

This last Christmas I bought my wife a new ukulele. Her first ukulele was a really cheap ukulele she got out of a catalogue, so this is her first real ukulele. She loves it and it is a really beautiful ukulele. However, the thing I want to talk about is the little instruction manual that came with it.

It is just a fold out, but it had finger positions and a couple of Ukulele songs for beginners. The one that she started learning was “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”. I was very impressed, because after just a few minutes she was able to start playing and start singing. The other great thing about this song is that it is a lot of fun to sing.

So here is a video on how to learn “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” on the ukulele.

If you still haven’t purchased yourself an ukulele please check out these links:

 

 

Makala MK-S: Great Ukulele For Beginners

This Christmas I purchased three ukuleles. One for myself, one for my wife, and one for my brother. We are all beginner ukulele players, but I wanted to get something decent for everyone. I purchased a Hamano Concert in solid mohagony, an Ohana Willowood, and a Makala MK-S.  All three of them are great, but the one I am the most impressed with is the Makala MK-S.

It sounds basically as good as the other two (which are much more expensive), but at a fraction of the price. In one of the previous posts I did about the best Ukulele under $60 the Makala Dolphin and MK-S were the two top ukuleles. After playing on it for a while, it really is easy to see why.

It is well made, inexpensive, and sounds great. I got it from MusicGuyMic (he unfortunately no longer sells lower end ukuleles) in Hawaii and it came with a full setup and Aquila strings. I think part of what makes it sound so good are the strings.

So if you are looking for a good ukulele for beginners and don’t want to spend a lot of money. This is a great choice.

 

The Best Ukulele For Beginners under $60

One of the most common questions for people who want to learn the ukulele is “what is the best ukulele for beginners to buy?” The difficulty in this question is that everyone has their own opinion, so you need to ask a lot of people. I did just that.

I went to one of the largest ukulele forums and created a post asking for peoples opinion on what was the best ukulele in different price ranges. I then put the answers into a list and created a poll.

The final poll included:

  • Kala KS-15
  • Lanikai LU-21
  • Makala Dolphin
  • Makala MK-S
All of these ukuleles are under $60 with the Kala KS-15 and Lanikai LU-21 being the most expensive, and the Makala Dolphin and MK-S being the cheapest.
Before telling you which ukulele won the poll, with a mighty 45% of the votes, I want to discuss what seemed to be the biggest factor in choosing the best ukulele for beginners.
Cost-performance. Many people claimed that it sounded just as good, or better than the others, but is also the lowest costing of the group. As far as value goes, it was just hard to beat. Durability, looks, and quality also came up, but the deciding factor really seemed to be the sound you could get for your money.
So as you’ve probably figured out by now, the winner was the Makala Dolphin. It had 45% of the votes and there were really no complaints about it.
The rank for the best ukulele for beginners under $60 was as follows:
  1. The Makala Dolphin- 45.45% of the votes. Noted for it’s exceptional value, bright colors, and durability.
  2. The Makala MK-S- 27.27% of the votes. Noted for it’s great sound, and preferred over the Dolphin by those who wanted a wood grain ukulele.
  3. The Lanikai LU-21- 14.55% of the votes. A good ukulele, but at this price range, most people felt the Dolphin was a better deal.
  4. The Kala KS-15- 12.73% of the votes. Slightly higher grade ukulele than the Makala, but fell into the same boat as the Lanikai.
You can purchase the Makala Dolphin here: Makala Dolphin
I will also have a new article coming up for the best ukulele for beginners under $100.
Stay tuned

Best Ukulele For Beginners Under $70

The ukulele is cool again. Maybe it’s because of Kate Micucci on scrubs singing “Screw You“, Garfunkel and Oates, or maybe it’s the economy (ukuleles can offer a lot of fun for the money a little money and are much easier to take a ). Whatever the reason, the the number of people of want to learn the ukulele have increased. With the holiday season here, there will be a lot of people looking to buy an ukulele for beginners. Most new ukulele players are looking to get their first ukulele for as cheap as possible. However, choosing the best ukulele for beginners can be difficult. This article will discuss three of the most popular ukuleles for under $60.

The cheapest of these ukuleles is about $35 and that’s really about as low as you want to go. Cheap ukuleles are really toys and not instruments. If you buy something much cheaper it won’t sound good and that can be very discouraging.

All of the below ukuleles are highly recommended in the ukulele community for the their respective prices. They won’t sound as good as a $300 ukulele, but will be good enough to get you started and if you upgrade later you can keep these as backups to take to the beach.

The Makala Dolphin

The Makala Dolphin is about as cheap as you can go for a decent ukulele. It comes in several colors, is extremely hardy, and still makes a good sound. Not something that is easy to do. This ukulele is especially good for children.

 

The Kala KA-S

The Kala KA-S is a Mohagony laminate ukulele that is known for having a great sound compared to it’s relatively low price. It isn’t quite as cheap as the Dolphin, but it is also a bit nicer.

 

The Lanikai LU-21

Very comparable to the Kala, this ukulele is also a great choice for the money. The two are priced about the same and even look very similar. The choice between the two comes down to personal preference. I have heard great things about Lanikai’s customer service.

10 More Ukuleles For Beginners Under $200

Yesterday I posted an article and video  talking about 10 Ukuleles for Beginners under $200. Since not all of us have the ability to get to a good music store to test out and listen to various ukuleles, hearing as many as possible in a video can be very helpful. Yesterdays video showcased 10 different ukuleles under the $200 range.

In case you missed it, you can find that video here: ukulele for beginners.

However, that video only showed 10 ukuleles for sale under the $200 mark and there are many more. So if you didn’t find anything you like in the last video, here is another video of 10 ukuleles under $200.

These are all pretty good ukuleles, but on ukulele underground, a forum all about ukuleles, the Islanders seem to get very high praise. Many say that it sounds as good as many much higher priced ukuleles. As a bonus you get to see some pretty amazing playing as well.

If you aren’t sure what size of ukulele to get or would like a little more information on brands then please check out the two following links.

Ukulele for Beginners

Ukulele Brands

The title of this blog is ukulele for beginners, but most of these ukuleles are probably just fine for intermediate and advanced as well. Most advanced players will generally purchase something more expensive, but as I stated earlier, many claim that some of these sound nearly as good as ukuleles that are much more expensive.

Here is the complete list of ukuleles they show in this video:

0:08 Kala KA-SEM 0:48 Islander MS-4 1:14 Leolani Soprano 1:43 Kala KA-SC 2:23Cordoba 20-CM 2:48 Luna Maluhai 3:33 Islander MT-4 4:05 Cordoba 20TM 4:28Kala Ka-ST 4:57 Cordoba 20BM

10 Ukuleles For Beginners Under $200

Over the last few years, ukuleles have grown in popularity. However, even if you are lucky enough to live in an area with a music store, the chance the chance that they carry a good selection of ukuleles is pretty low. Now obviously you want your first ukulele to be a good one. To get a good beginner ukulele you are most likely going to need to spend over a $100. However, there are a couple of decent starter ukuleles in the $60-$70 range as well.

The way the ukulele looks is important, but the most important part of choosing a good ukulele for beginners is the way it sounds. Not only that the ukulele has a good sound, but that it is the kind of sound you like. Ukuleles made of different types of wood will tend to sound different as will ukuleles made by different makers. The best ukulele for you will depend on the type of sound and music you like. If you tend to play Hawaiian music, then you will probably want a more traditional sounding ukulele than if you were playing rock.

So how do you find that perfect ukulele? If you have a music store that has ukuleles in stock, then check them out and play them. You may find that some are easier for you to play than others and you might get some very helpful information from the staff. However, there are a lot of music stores that carry ukuleles, but aren’t necessarily knowledgable about them.

If you don’t have a local music store around, then the next best thing is to listen to the ukuleles online. A quick search on YouTube will usually allow you to listen to various people playing various ukuleles. The problem is that the sound can vary by the tuning, the person, the camera, etc. Ideally you want the same person playing all the ukuleles back to back with the same equipment.

Luckily, Hawaiian Music Supply has made just that video where they compare 10 good ukuleles for under $200. You can listen to them back to back and they are all taken with the same video camera.