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

Ukulele Brands For Beginners

Choosing the right ukulele can be difficult

You’ve decided to play the Ukulele, and now you are looking to purchase your first one. You’ve read Ukulele For Beginnersand know what size ukulele you want. Now the question is what brand of ukulele should you purchase. There are a lot of ukulele brands, and as a beginner, knowing which ones are good can be difficult. This article should should help.

Once again I should start out by saying that how serious you are about playing the ukulele will decide which ukulele brands you should consider. As I mentioned earlier you shouldn’t go for the very bottom range.

However, while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, you could go for the higher end and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. Since this is a site about Ukulele For Beginners, I will be focusing on ukulele brands that are good for beginners. This means I will be focused on the lower-middle range. Some of the most common ukulele brands for beginners are Honu, Kala, Lanikai, Makai, and OscarSchmidt.

Honu Ukuleles– Is actually a brand of the Big Island Ukulele Company. A relatively new company that states their goal is to offer some of the best ukuleles in the segments they sell in.

Kala Ukuleles– A California based company that specializes in producing quality, but affordable ukuleles. The company was started by Mike Upton, a Hawaiian representative for a large music company who felt there weren’t many options for good, affordable ukuleles.

Lanikai Ukuleles– A branch of the Hohner music company, Lanikai initially started making ukuleles on the low end of the scale. However, over the years they their quality has improved and they now make decent ukuleles for beginners in the mid range.

Makai Ukuleles– Another ukulele brand in the mid range, that produces quality ukuleles at pretty good prices.

Oscar Schmidt Ukuleles– Oscar Schmidt has been in the music business since the late 1800s and they know what they are doing. However, they tend to be a little more expensive.

All of these companies offer decent ukuleles at decent prices. Depending on the size that you want (soprano: 20-21 inches, concert: 23”, tenor: 26-27”, baritone: 30+”) the prices will vary from about $50 to $300. It all depends on how much you want to spend. But, like anything else, someplace in the middle ($100-$150) is usually a good balance of cost, performance and quality.

If you want to find even more information about the different ukulele brands, please check out the link to wikipedia below. But be careful, there are a lot of brands and it can be a bit overwhelming. This lists includes several Japanese Ukulele brands as well as various others from around the world. Ukulele wikipedia.

Also, please leave comments with your reviews and recommendations about what ukuleles you like and why.