best ukulele brands

Best Ukulele Brands for 2017

Which ukulele brand should you choose? This is a very common question that pops up in just about everyone’s mind when they’ve decided on purchasing a new ukulele.

If you’re a complete newcomer to the ukulele, you probably aren’t familiar with any of the major brands associated with the instrument. Since so many of the big players in the ukulele space manufacture ukuleles alone, they don’t have the same widespread recognition as guitar manufacturers like Gibson, Yamaha, and Fender.

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By giving you a list of the best ukulele brands, you can branch off and explore the history of each brand and see if one calls out to you more than others. Within the past 10 years, there has been a big boom in the popularity of the ukulele which has lead to a lot more options than previously were available.

In no particular order, here’s a list of the best ukulele brands today. We’ll point out specifically what each brand does well that earns them a spot on our list!

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Best Chord Sites for Ukulele

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Best Electric Ukuleles for 2017

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Building Your Own Ukulele

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Cordoba 20CM Concert Ukulele Review

Cordoba 20CM Concert Ukulele Overview

  • Concert sized ukulele
  • Mahogany body
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • Geared tuning hardware
  • Aquila Nylgut Strings

The Cordoba 20CM Concert Ukulele is a mid-range ukulele great for beginners and experienced ukulele players alike. Cordoba is a widely respected stringed instrument manufacturer known for their ukuleles and guitars alike.

The focus of our review today is from their “20 Series” of ukuleles, which come in soprano, tenor, concert, and baritone sizes. All of the 20 Series ukuleles have are made from Mahogany with a solid top.

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How to Play Ukulele for the Complete Ignoramus Book Review

How to Play the Ukulele for the Complete Ignoramus is a new book for newcomers to the ukulele which covers all topics a beginners should know, written by Ted Parrish and Wayne Erbsen from Native Ground.

Ukulele for the Complete Ignoramus (Book & CD set)

This book is just over 100 pages long and comes spiral bound on large, 9″ x 12″ pages. This book also comes with an audio CD with over 60 tracks which will help teach you the material from the book, which is a major benefit when it comes time to understand the rhythm or timing being described on the page.

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Easy Ukulele Strum Patterns for Beginners

When it comes to playing the ukulele, your strumming pattern is incredibly important in getting the right vibe and tempo that the song calls for. When you’re just getting started, it’s very easy to fall into a trap of just using the same strum pattern over and over for every new song you learn. Don’t…

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Best Baritone Ukulele for 2017

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Baritone Ukulele?  Brilliant! BUT here’s what you need to know before making a choice.

Summary

Under $250?  The Cordoba 24B.  Wow.  This is one good looking and impressive Ukulele.  If you want to create an impact and get admiring glances and questions – this is your Uke! Check discount here.

Under $150?  Kala KA-B Mahogany Ukulele.  Don’t let the discounts fool you, this Uke is a high-quality item.  Producing lovely full sound, it features geared tuners to get and stay in tune.  Kala is some of the best in the industry.  Check discount here.

Under $100? We chose the value-packed Kala MK-B Baritone Ukulele.  We love this brand, and you will too.  The only difference between this and the KA-B is that it doesn’t quite look as fancy, and comes standard with slightly cheaper strings.  That’s it!  It still sounds gorgeous, as you can see below.  Find it here.

Our 2017 Top Picks

Under $250?

 

The Cordoba 24B.  Check discount here.

 

Under $150?

Kala KA-B Mahogany Ukulele.  Check discount here.

 

 

Under $100?

The Kala MK-B Baritone Ukulele.  Find it here.

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The Detailed Guide

Baritone ukuleles offer a very interesting cross-section of guitars and ukuleles. While the instrument has only 4 strings like a ukulele, the strings are tuned differently from the other, smaller variations of ukulele.

Instead of being tuned “GCEA”, the strings are tuned “DGBE“. This DGBE tuning is the same as the bottom 4 strings on a guitar, and the size of a baritone ukulele is in between a ukulele and guitar as well.

Commonly a baritone ukulele will have the two upper string be nylon, and the lower two metal which is unique for a ukulele.

So who is a baritone ukulele best for? The baritone ukulele is great for players who want to do a lot of finger-picking, or who want a deeper sounding ukulele to better match their voice. Check out the video below to hear some baritone ukulele finger-picking in action.

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How to Play 6 Easy Rap Songs on Ukulele

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