OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

FOR

UKULELES AND UKULELE ACCESSORIES

Ukulele brands

Things to consider when buying a ukulele:


Be wary of fun and funky designs and colors, as you are likely

paying for design instead of quality and tone.



Be wary of the popular ukulele product “bundle.”

Try to invest ALL the money you want to spend at this moment into only the ukulele instrument itself, and a tuner. The more you are able to spend on your instrument, the better the sound will be.



Plan to spend at least $60-$100+ for an acceptable beginner ukulele. The biggest downside (besides sound quality) to the cheaper ukuleles is that they aren't made as well, which actually makes them harder to play. For example the distance of the strings from the fretboards and the frets themselves may not be filed down on the sides. They also often have a hard time staying in tune, especially when you first purchase them because of the

quality of the tuning pegs.

What to look for in a quality instrument:

Wood

Ideally the ukulele will state what wood it is made out of. Elements that could be made from different woods include the body, the neck, the bridge, and the fretboard. Solid wood will have better sound quality than laminate. You might try digging in to the details to find out which parts, if any, are solid wood.


Koa is the traditional wood for ukuleles, but isn’t as easy to find for beginner ukuleles.


Mahogany is good quality for the body and will give you louder projection and a good clear tone compared to other woods available for beginner ukuleles.


Nubone is the best quality synthetic bone material.

Strings

Aquila Super Nylgut Strings

Where to purchase?

  • I suggest you support your local independent music store if you have a great one near you.
  • Sweetwater is a reliable online music equipment retailer. They have great search tools (you can search by size or brand and even specific woods or solid wood vs solid top)
  • Austin Bazaar is another online retailer of music equipment.
  • Then of course there is Amazon.


Here are a few recommendations for ukulele’s that are currently available online with direct links to purchase:

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Tenor Size Ukuleles

Oscar Schmidt OU2T Mahogany Tenor Ukulele
Oscar Schmidt OU2T Mahogany Tenor Ukulele



To purchase on Amazon: Click Here


Cordoba 15TM Tenor Ukulele
Cordoba 15TM Tenor Ukulele



To purchase on Amazon: Click Here




Luna Vintage Mahogany Tenor Ukulele
Luna Vintage Mahogany Tenor Ukulele



To purchase on Amazon: Click Here


Kala KA-T Mahogany Tenor Size Ukulele


To purchase on Amazon: Click Here


If you have more money to spend on a tenor uke, this is a good list.

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Concert Size Ukuleles

Lanikai MA-C Mahogany Concert Ukulele
Lanikai MA-C Mahogany Concert size Ukulele


To Purchase on Sweetwater: Click Here


I do not earn a commission from Sweetwater purchases. I recommend a variety of ukuleles from a variety of sources.

Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele - Mahogany
Cordoba 15CM Concert size Ukulele - Mahogany


To purchase on Sweetwater: Click Here.


I do not earn a commission from Sweetwater purchases. I recommend a variety of ukuleles from a variety of sources.

Alvarez RU22C Regent Series Concert Ukulele
Alvarez RU22C Regent Series Concert Ukulele


To Purchase at Guitar Center: Click Here.

(top recommendation on Wirecutter see article here)

I do not earn a commission from Guitar Center purchases. I recommend a variety of ukuleles from a variety of sources.

Ranch Concert Ukulele 23"


We recommend this 23 inch Classical ukelele bundled with this Ukulele soft case. Item availability is subject to changes with the Amazon store.


To purchase on amazon: Click Here



Concert Ukulele 24" Pineapple Shaped

We recommend this 24" pineapple shaped concert ukulele. Item availability is subject to changes with the

Amazon Store.


To purchase on Amazon: Click Here

Ranch Concert Ukulele 24"

We recommend this 24" concert Ukulele bundled with this Ukulele soft case. Item availability is subject to changes with the Amazon store.


To purchase on Amazon: Click Here

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Soprano Size Ukuleles



Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele
Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

To purchase on Amazon: Click Here


Epiphone EpiLani Soprano Ukulele - Natural Satin
Epiphone EpiLani Soprano Ukulele - Natural Satin

To purchase on Sweetwater: Click Here

I do not earn a commission from Sweetwater purchases. I recommend a variety of ukuleles from a variety of sources.

Ohana SK-30L Long Scale Tenor-Scale Neck Soprano Ukulele
Ohana SK-30L Long Scale Tenor-Scale Neck Soprano Ukulele

To purchase at the Terry Carter Music Store (Uke Like The Pros): Click Here

I do not earn a commission from the Terry Carter Music Store (Uke Like The Pros) purchases. I recommend a variety of ukuleles from a variety of sources.

A few accessories that Melanie recommends


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snark tuner
Snark tuner

This Snark tuner for ukulele is ideal. Click the photo above to go to Amazon to purchase this tuner or click here.



Kyser Capo
Kyser Ukulele Capo

Everyone loves this Capo, it is the best one we have found.


To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.



Binder dividers
A to Z Binder dividers

You will want to print out the PDFs of your song sheets. Along with a three ring binder, which will be essential to hold your song sheets, you will enjoy having these A to Z binder dividers to help you sort your music. We will be learning about 50 songs over the course of a year's time. I introduce four new songs every month.


To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.


Penetrex Intensive Concentrate for Relief & Recovery
Penetrex Pain Relief Cream

This cream works wonders for those achy Ukulele hands and wrists! Use as a preventative and relief!


To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.




Crystal Command Hook
Crystal Command Hook  (button end alternative)

If you would like to use a ukulele strap but do not want to drill into your ukulele, this Crystal Command Hook adhere's to the ukulele. To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.

clear command hook
Medium Command Hook  (button end alternative)

This hook is another alternative to drilling a button end into your ukulele. This one is a little slimmer so it may fit better in your ukulele case.

To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.

Eyeshot adjustable ukulele strap
Ukulele strap

This eyeshot adjustable ukulele strap comes in a few different styles and is suitable for all sizes of ukuleles. Use the tail nail provided, or one of my recommended command hooks.

To purchase on Amazon, click here or on the image above.

cotton/linen ukulele strap
Simple ukulele strap

Cotton and linen ukulele strap. It comes in a few colors and is suitable for all ukulele sizes. You can use the button end provided or the command hooks that I recommend if you prefer to not put a hole in your ukulele.

To purchase on Amazon, click here or on the image above.

colorful ukulele cases
Colorful Ukulele Case

Waterproof padded ukulele case with carry handle and backpack style should straps. This case comes in three sizes and many fabrics choices. Remember to check for the correct size before purchasing.

To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.

gray ukulele case
Solid Ukulele case

The quality of this water resistant soft case is better in a number of ways than the basic soft cases that sometimes come with a ukulele purchase and the quality is well worth the price. It comes in black, gray and blue in four sizes. Make sure to check the size before you purchase. The link is for a concert size.

To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.

table top music stand

Table Top Music Stand

This sturdy table top music stand is adjustable to different heights and angles and is big enough for your binder to sit comfortably, though it will stick out a little on both sides.


To purchase on Amazon, click here, or on the image above.

music stand

Music Stand

This is the best music stand on the market and our favorite one. It isn't heavy so it is easy to handle and yet it is reliably stable. We couldn't recommend it highly enough.


To purchase on Amazon click here, or on the image above.

Ukulele Humidifier

MusicNomad, the leader in equipment care products, has developed an easy to use, no mess, and low maintenance Ukulele humidifier. Ukulele wood needs moisture to play and look its best. Dry wood can warp, shrink and worse yet, crack! We highly recommend using a humidifier for your ukulele when the climate is dry, including during air travel. We like this one the best.

To purchase on Amazon click here or on the image above.

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Gorilla Tips

These silicone finger tips will help protect your fingers while playing your ukulele. There are several size options available. Item availability is subject to changes with the Amazon store.


To purchase on Amazon: Click Here

Silicone Finger Tips Variety Pack



This is a variety pack of silicone protective finger tips with different size options per pack. Item availability is subject to changes with the Amazon store.

To purchase on Amazon: Click Here

Let us know your favorite ukulele accessories and we can share them here.
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