“Ukulele” is normally wrongly spelt by most people as “ukelele” and this is usually due to the pronunciation. The right spelling is “ukulele”. This instrument came into existence in Hawaii in the 1880s, during the exploration era when Portuguese immigrant who were cabinet makers, constructed instruments similar to those popular in their native land and over the years it gained reputation across the island. The popularity of the ukulele became a reality in the United States of America when music songwriters and composers from America, in the 1920s, started doing music with Hawaiian sound.
Ukuleles are one of the most unique and exciting stringed instruments that can be easily learnt. They have a small size that makes them a great source of entertainment. Knowing the best choice of ukulele can be a bit challenging unlike the guitar. While I love to encourage people to buy a better ukulele (if they can afford it), I know they are on a budget and trying to cut cost.
So if you are searching for a cheaper ukulele with a good quality, below are your top 5 best ukuleles.
#5.Natural Red Wood Toy Ukulele 21″
The natural Red Wood Ukulele 21″ is basically a toy ukulele meant for decorative uses. It has strings made of nylon and dimensions of 21″ x 6.25″. It will not tune like a real musical instrument because it is not a professional musical instrument but can be played for fun. It doesn’t deliver high quality sound like other brands of ukulele.
It will make a great purchase for that little kid. It is of perfect size and is actually very durable. It comes at a very low price. This ukulele can make your child have a passion for guitars in future when he/she has come of age. It’s okay for someone who isn’t considering playing seriously and it’s great for spinning and strumming around the house for kids. The vintage outside is quite beautiful with the nice color.
#4. Woodi Brand New 21″ Soprano Plastic Ukulele
The Woodi Brand New 21″ Soprano Plastic Ukulele features a carbon fiber pattern and can be used anywhere; can be taken to the beach, used on a hike or any other place. It is made with mixed sturdy and substantial plastic materials. It comes with a zero fret and produces nice tunes and a rich full tone perfect for both beginners and pros.
It will make a nice gift for friends and loved ones. It has a dimension of 21 Inches, scale length of 347 mm (13 11/16″) and weighs approximately 1.2 lbs. it has upgraded white color nylon string and also features 12 golden nickel brass frets. You will get a high quality matched range with this Woodi Ukulele.
It is a great choice for acoustic multi-instrumentalists planning to improve their tonal palette. It is also a perfect choice for first-time players. The sound is much better in comparison to some low quality types of wooden ukulele. The nickel-plated tuning machines have black color buttons and for the beginning student, tuning is made easy with their smooth action and high gear ratio. It is very strong, durable and can withstand drops and hard knock.
Its volume projects well and with the feature of the zero fret; the playability of this ukulele is improved by leveling out the string heights. It also makes bar chords easier. Thanks to the flat radius neck. If you are looking for an instrument you won’t have to worry about getting wet or damaged, then the Woodi Brand New 21″ Soprano Plastic Ukulele is just the right choice.
#3. Kala MK-SWT/Clear Makala Waterman Composite Soprano Ukulele in Clear Color
This durable, water resistant ukulele has a high-grade poly-carbonate construction and features nickel-plated open gear tuners and Aquila super Nylgut Strings. It is portable and lightweight and Plays perfectly anywhere. This ukulele, despite being all plastic, has decent sound quality and comes with well-reviewed, high quality Aquila strings.
Considering the slightly different bridge, this ukulele is very cute and very easy to restring. It also comes with an extremely helpful quick start guide. Although tuning this instrument can be a bit tricky at first, it still remains a wonderful instrument, a true conversation piece and also very unique.
The Kala MK-SWT/Clear Makala Waterman Composite Soprano Ukulele sounds like a very high end wooden ukulele despite being made out of plastic. Although this instrument has its downsides, it still plays very well and produces a nice tinny sound and also sounds really cool if filled with water. If you need a durable and high quality ukulele that can go just about anywhere without getting damaged, this ukulele will do just fine.
#2. Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele with FREE Deluxe Stronghold brand soprano ukulele
With its mahogany neck and body with satin finish, The Kala Mahogany Ukulele delivers a full tone with so much mellow lows and smooth highs that combine together for a bulky rich sound. It also features Aquila Nylgut Strings. This high quality ukulele is awesome; it sounds good and holds its tune. This is an ideal instrument to teach the children with.
It is a real instrument and may require regular tuning at each lesson but most times it stays tuned for days. It is sturdy, has a beautiful color and also comes with a gig bag that makes transporting easy. It is a great piece of instrument for starters, comes at a very affordable price, and great for small gatherings or just for practice.
#1. Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele
This ukulele features a mahogany neck and body with twelve Brass Frets- having Fret position Marks at fifth, seventh and tenth frets. other features include; Strings, a rosewood bridge and fingerboard. The visible pores of the wood clearly indicate that this is actually an excellent quality mahogany. It also features Geared tuners and has a satin finish. This instrument is a perfect way to relax and enjoy tropical atmospheres anywhere you desire.
The Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele is a great way to spread some good vibrations whether you are in your room or just strumming and plucking on the beach. It delivers great playability and great sound at an awesome price. The mahogany body and rosewood fretboard make this Ukulele great for four-string strumming professionals as well as for beginners.
The brass frets of the Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele has a nice finish and is well seated. If you are familiar with guitars, the fret end of many cheap instruments can be a very troubling point of contact. However, the frets of this ukulele have been designed so that there is no sensation whatsoever. The nut, which is one of the most important parts of any stringed instrument is also of plastic material and properly cut.
The tuners are pedestrian and can make tuning a bit difficult but with a little patience, it will eventually get to pitch. So when tuning, expect the machines to slip a bit. Once tuned, stretch and then re-tune the strings two more times to finally achieve the optimal tuning stability.