Savannah Ukulele

This is my favourite ukulele. It cost me AU$40 to tide me over while I was living in Sydney. Despite the fact it wasn’t reallybought as a long term uke affair, the bond between uke and human has grown and grown.

The reasons why I love my Savannah ukulele:

Number 1. It has a lovely sound. I have never put replacement strings on this uke as it had a warm, round sound to itfrom the minute I bought it. Maybe the sound could be improved a little my putting some aquila on it, but even so. Alovely sounding budget price uke, which you don’t have to replace the string on straight away, has to be pretty dandy.

Number 2. It has travelled all round Australia, flown from Sydney to Dubai and continues to travel around and about the
UK with me, handling my rough treatment during transit. Now, I am careful, but the savannah has with stood someknocks in it’s time and not shown a dent or scratch from it.

Number 3. It holds its tuning. From Aberdeen to Glasgow on a cold day, it sounds pretty sweet straight from the case. Although, vastly improved with a good tuning. Even after some vigourous practice shredding strums, it can hold it’s tuning.

Number 4. It’s called Savannah, which is quite a pretty name once you get used to it.

Number 5. The fretboard is a really comfortable size. I’ve played a few uke’s in my time and I just dig the size of the fretboard. A few mm here and there can make a bit of difference I think, and this one lends to a really relaxed way of playing.


Savannah ukulele review

Things that I don’t dig so much about by Savannah uke:

Negative 1. The varnish is wearing out faster than I would have expect it to. Although, I mostly like what a testament to me playing my uke frequently this looks like. But really, it should last a bit longer.

Negative 2. It is still a cheap uke. Despite offering lots of value for money, being far better than the mahalos you can buy for the same price, it will still never quite stand up to more expensive and better quality ukes. I still love it very much all the same.

I think the Savannah is an excellent buy for beginners and ranks well above mahalos as a cheap ukulele to buy. The sound is good, as is the durability and ease of play. Over all excellent value for money in the budget range, and in my opinion a really good buy for a uke to travel with.

Review by Emily.

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9 Comments

  1. Katyjeanmachine September 25th, 2010 7:38 pm

    I’m a beginner, so what I have to say about this probably doesn’t matter a whole lot :P But I got one of these for my birthday (the black one). Other than the finish wearing off a bit around the edges, I love it! It has been fun to learn on, and every day at work I can’t wait to get home and play around with it. It makes me smile…..I had to tune it OFTEN at first, but after a week now, the strings must be stretched enough, because it is starting to finally hold tuning. The sound is lovely when I actually get the chords fretted right. Looking forward to many more years of playing :)

  2. Christopher December 19th, 2010 6:02 pm

    I just bought myself the Savannah ukulele (yellow) and though I am not a beginner, I’ve got to say for such a cheap price this ukulele seriously surpasses all my expectations for a $35 – $40 ukulele; I am noticing how frequently I am having to re-tune but I’m sure that should be over and done by the time the strings stretch to uniform with the neck of the ukulele I’ve got say it sounds so bright and fantastic. I’m so glad I didn’t wind up spending a ton (close to $200!) of money for a so called “quality” ukulele because for right now I am quite satisfied and can’t wait to take it to my shows its going to fit in perfectly with the family and sound and defiantly is going round out and thicken my overall sound what with rock(hard-soft-ballad), blues, acoustic, jam, peace-soul, vaudeville, etc. music well its going to be a blast!!!
    If you want to play the ukulele and dont want to spend a fortune I truely recommend this ukulele
    TWO THUMBS UP

  3. Joyce April 2nd, 2011 4:58 am

    It does have great sound, but mine got scratched and broken quick and easily…

  4. William Halpert August 6th, 2011 3:45 pm

    I dig this Ukulele so hard, thats what she said. But I digress this Ukulele is abosolutely amazing, I had bought it as a gift for my girlfreind for her birthday, and after geting it home and tuned I fell in love with it, I completely support this brand. And sadly I believe I will buying another for myself……Oh she loved it by the way!

  5. alow September 8th, 2011 9:32 pm

    some of the middle top ukes ifink

  6. Leona December 30th, 2011 12:58 pm

    I did buy SU 100 guy once. I wasn’t able to tune it at all, the screws were too loose. I used to tighten them a few times a day which is crazy. Also there were scratches on it. I considered it to be just for showing as it was extremely cute, not for playing but maybe I was just unlucky and got a bad one.

  7. Kyla January 29th, 2012 2:45 am

    I just bought one at the Goodwill today for $15, with a book, too, hahaha. It’s used; I am not sure how old it is, but the finish is worn around the edges as well. I had to fix the tuning pegs because the screws had dulled and rusted, and there are a few blue paint drips on it. But that’s kind of what I like about it. It has character and a history. And now that I have repaired it with my own hands, it is my friend. I like the sound. And compared to the bigger instruments I am used to playing, it’s like holding a kitten as opposed to holding a full-grown dog. Kinda delicate and cute.

  8. MonikaLidia February 28th, 2012 7:11 pm

    I bought one of those. Now I regret this and i’m looking for new, better one. There is no way to tune it properly. There’s something wrong with frets and screw.

  9. j.c. August 19th, 2012 2:38 pm

    i never actually bought it (sad) as i was a little bit tight for cash at the time, but there were a couple at a weird store about a half a year back, i spent probably two and a half hours there just playing this uke untill the counter guy told me to buy something or leave (turns out it was a bookstore)

    i still really want that uke or one the same just solely because of the ridiculuosly cool feel. i have probably played around with hundreds of ukes in stores, people’s houses etc. and never found one i liked the feel of more. i couldn’t exactly descirbe it for you, but it’s just really cool

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