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Ukuleles are great, unique instruments that are incredibly fun to play. The instrument may have originated in Hawaii, but the influence of the ukulele can now be seen far and wide, both on the U.S. mainland and abroad, as the ukulele continues to surge in popularity. While many companies on the mainland now make ukuleles…
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.
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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BugsGear Travel Ukulele Overview
- Soprano sized ukulele
- Plastic body, fretboard, and bridge
- Stainless steel tuning gear
- 18 frets
- Large offset sound hole for greater sound
The BugsGear Travel Ukulele (or Aqulele) is one of the best plastic ukuleles you can find today. The BugsGear Travel Ukulele makes for a great ukulele to take anywhere there’s a chance of getting wet. It’s also a very sturdy and durable ukulele for kids.
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GP Percussion B2 Bongos Feature Overview
- Made from hickory wood
- 6″ and 7″ drums with tunable heads
- Chrome hoops and hardware
- Tuning wrench included
After reviewing several bongos for beginners, we determined the the GP Percussion B2 bongos are a great choice for your first set of bongos. You may want to read our Tycoon Percussion Ritmo Bongos review before making a final purchasing decision.
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The bongos are beginner friendly percussion instrument typically played with the hands. You’ve certainly seen these being played at some point in your life as they’re the most popular portable percussion instrument.
As a quick note, if you’re looking to buy bongos for kids, head over to our best bongos for kids page to see some options that are better suited for the young ones.
The bongos consist of a set of two drums of different sizes, typically 6 inches and 7 inches, attached by a bridge between the two. They are typically played with the bigger drum on the right side of the musician.
The bongos were originated in Cuba sometime during the 1800’s, and are easily recognized by their high-pitched and varied beats. By striking different areas of the bongo and using different parts of your hands, you can produce a variety of beats.
Here’s a video demonstrating some of what’s possible with the bongos.