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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / My son wants a Ukulele for Christmas, Recommendations?

damuniz
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She turned me into a newt!....
Nov 8th, 2018 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

He has started to learn guitar and has expressed a desire for a Uke.

Any recommendations on decent brands that wont break the bank? What about size? Tenor? Alto?

What do you think?

hushnel
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Nov 8th, 2018 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Some really nice instruments out there. I like the Soprano, my first was a a Soprano uke I traded my Ashbory Bass for, it was the Flea by Flea Market Music, then I ordered a Concert, which is the next size up but discovered that I actually like the Soprano the best and sold it to my drummer. I still have the Flea and it is a nice playing instrument, not exactly cheap but a lot of beginners start off with them, many keep them even after they upgrade. I did.

Prices are all over the place, Kala and Luna have fair ukes under $100.00, the cheaper ones like the Kala UKADELIC series can be hard to play but work, they are 100% water prof, I take mine canoeing. I got mine for $35 and it’s more like a toy than a real uke.

Jeff will likely show up, he knows these instruments much better than I do.

All my early ukes needed repair and came from ebay, Some of those turned out very nice after I worked on them.

I made this one using a gourd

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 10:46 AM, Nov 8th, 2018)

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Nov 16th, 2018 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Musician's Friend runs a Stupid Deal of the Day every so often on a decent ukulele. That's how I got my Cordoba concert-sized Uke. I also bought a soprano-sized Uke for my wife locally from a music store here that carries a nice selection of Ukes. That one was a Makala, Kala's cheaper sister. Both of the Ukes were under $100. At that price level, I don't imagine there's a huge difference among the brands.

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