Ashton ukuleles are similar to Mahalo ukuleles. They’re colourful and cheerful ukuleles and, above all, cheap. They’re one of those ukuleles that schools will buy by the dozen for classes.
The ukuleles are made from laminated maple with a fingerboard that is described as ‘ebonized’ (that means the wood has been stained to look like ebony).
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Ashton Ukulele Review
I bought an Ashton Soprano Ukulele From Hank’s Guitars in Denmark Street, London for £18 including bag in December as my first Ukulele.
It has a number of good features, it is cheap, It is easy to tune and stays in tune very well.
I found it to have one major negative feature in that the nut is very pronounced, making the strings quite high in relation to the fretboard, meaning you really have to press a long way down to play anything on the first fret. As a beginner I dreaded any songs featuring Bb or F as they were both difficult and painful to play on this uke.
I decided it didn’t have to be like this so I used a knife to make the grooves in the nut deeper meaning I don’t have to press anywhere near as hard. It is now far easier and the sound is still good.
I like the ukulele but intend to graduate to a more expensive one in the next few months.
Review by Oliver.
Ashton 400750 Ukulele Review
Where to start on a review of a thirty dollar Ashton Ukulele intended for small children? Well, firstly that it greatly succeeds expectations. Sure it’s never going to be a Martin, but the ukulele works and is surprisingly playable. The string sustainability is superb so you don’t have to tune every time you pick it up and the ukulele is very durable. I have had mine battered around and it still plays superbly.
The Ashton 400750 is shaped well and is comfortable to play. It sits well in your arms and doesn’t fall out, plus the ukulele is not too big or too small. The neck is slightly too short for my arms and I’m reasonably small so it loses a few brownie points there, but regains them with having a light headstock which does not weigh the ukulele down. The frets are also slightly small due to being made for small people but this does not detract from playing much and it still works very well. Playability gets a seven out of ten.
This ukulele is stronger than concrete and can basically be dropped off a building and not be damaged too much. Mine has a fair few dents due to being dropped lots but still plays fine. It also stays in tune brilliantly and the paint even stays on. The only minus for this ukulele is that the screws can sometimes come undone. This is easily fixed as you can tighten them up again very easily. Durability gets a nine out of ten.
The Ashton 400750 is not bad looking and comes in almost all the colours of the rainbow. Mine is orange and looks like your stereotypical ukulele. Kind of like something you would see on “Spongebob Squarepants” or “The Simpsons”. The tone of this ukulele is very inconsistent however. For example, a friend of mine has one the same, and is a lot more bass heavy than mine. My one has a sharper tone and works better on single-note-at-a-time songs, whereas the bassier uke works better on chord-orientated songs. So, if you are planning on buying one of these ukes, best to listen to the ukulele first. Presentability gets a six out of ten.
Overall, this ukulele is above average when you consider the price. It is fun to play and is best aimed at beginners. The uke is very good to learn how to play and if you want a durable ukulele for cheap, this is your best buy. Although Jake Shimabukuro or Eddie Vedder would probably spit on a uke like this, it suits most uke players’ needs perfectly. Overall gets a seven out of ten.
Much too good for children.
Review by Riley.