Korala Ukulele

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Korala are a Malaysian company making cheap and cheerful (and sometimes garish) intro-level ukuleles mostly made of polycarbonate plastic.

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Baz from Got a Ukulele reviews his Korala Explore concert ukulele.

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4 Comments

  1. trevor woolley September 13th, 2015 9:28 am

    I bought a Korala UKS-450 last year. being a total uke virgin I looked for something pretty and made of solid wood. this has a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, bound neck,triple top binding and single back binding and nice inlaid soundhole rosettein the same style as the binding. Cost £79.99.
    The action was very high to begin with but with some careful sanding of the saddle and filing of the nut it is now quite playable, about 1/8th inch at fret 12. Geared tuners hold tune very well, it sounds very good to me but, as I say, I am a complete uke virgin and this is the only one I’ve ever played.
    My advice is: buy the best you can possibly afford, try as many as you can, avoid cheap crap and read all the reviews you can find, especially on ukehunt, fantastic website!

  2. trevor woolley September 13th, 2015 9:31 am

    Just noticed at Rothesay Music where I got mine (before I discovered ukehunt) they are now advertising Korala ukes at £200+, Korala trying to go upmarket?

  3. Geoff Walker September 20th, 2015 12:22 am

    My first “decent” ukulele was one of the Korala tonewood series with a spruce top and laminate back and sides. It had decent tone but intonation needed attention. Careful filing of the nut slots improved the intonation considerably. I liked the tone of the instrument and thought it was pretty good value for money though I have now sold it on.

  4. Keoni June 7th, 2016 6:43 pm

    For those interested I purchased the Korala PUC- 20 concert uke or essentially the same type of plastic uke as in the review above I have really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much so that I purchased 7 more for my groomsmen for my wedding as gifts. I ordered them all online off amazon from the UK and my parents were kind enough to bring them all back to the States for me. They don’t sell them or at least I can’t find them for sale in the US. Anyway after inspecting the lot of them the quality was rather hit or miss. To be clear all of them were in a playable condition, however one of them (the red one) I ordered had some cracks and separation where the top plastic covering on the head stock was supposed to be bonded the lower part of the head stock. It wasn’t bad enough to send back but it was disappointing none the less. Three others had either nicks or glue still in some of the cracks upon arrival. These were small cosmetic issues and I don’t think my groomsmen cared as much as I did about them lol. Anyway I would still say your more than safe ordering one if you can, and you won’t regret it. I will say the sound is barkier than a wooden uke, but it holds tune pretty well and it super light weight and easy to play. If I had to characterize the sound I’d say it is rather punchy when you strum, but not bad. It sounds better finger picking especially the high strings. My C string (lowest string) sounds a bit plunky, I think maybe the plastic doesn’t quite handle the bass resonance as well. So I wouldn’t recommend trying to put a low G on it. All in all though I really enjoy taking it on trips and up to the pool. I don’t really worry about it getting wet or damaged. If you want a uke you can take anywhere though this is the one. Hope this helps.

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