Vineyard ukuleles are a Chinese made uke. Opinions on the net suggest that the ukulele isn't the most carefully put together of ukuleles. They seem to be solely distributed by Praiseland Music.
I have a vineyard ukt 55 and I love it, I’ve been playing for a while now and for the price id say its well worth it, I’ve played ukes in music stores that were selling for hundreds of dollars, that don’t sound as good as the vinyard, also stays in tune for along time in my experince, witch I know is a problem for most low end ukes
It has been rumored that Vineyard is made in the same factory as Ohana and Bushman. All I know is that while I was searching for a low price but solid wood baritone uke (ala Kala, etc.), one salesperson sugested I try out a Vineyard BK-150 (solid mahogany) against his solid-mahogany Kala. Both were strung with a high D, rather than standard guitar tuning. The Vineyard was $39 less expensive than the Kala, and included a foam/nylon case (sturdier than a gig bag). The Vineyard sounded and played very similar to the Kala. He said he had another Vineyard with the dropped D tuning in a case in his warehouse. That one played and sounded the best of the three, with a lower action and sweeter tone. I suspect that the Chinese factory is much like many Asian guitar factories where they produce well-built inexpensive instruments randomly with poor-sounding, badly built units. This is truly an instrument you must play to find one which suits you and not buy on line. The one defect I found was a poorly finished fret end on the first fret near the first string. 30 seconds with a fine file and it was as dressed as any instrument I own. The Vineyard grows easier to play and sounds better with each use, like a well-made instrument ought to do.
I bought my wife a baritone Vineyard at a long-time neighbor music store that was going out of business. The store had catered to professional string musicians and almost all of their instruments were professional quality. Her uke instructor (who plays uke, guitar, mandolin, and banjo professionally) said he had never seen that brand, but was surprised at it’s quality sound and ability to hold tuning. She had one those less expensive blue plastic jobs and this is definitely performance quality and has held up in both the extreme heat and cold of the Southwest.
I bought a CK-55, mahogany concert, six years ago for all of $65 dollars online, including a decent gig bag. I replaced the friction pegs with Grover 8N geared tuners. Since then I’ve been very happy with it, no isuues at all. The construction is very good on mine. Well fit parts and joints, no excess glue. Pretty matte finish. Nice tone and a low, light action.
It is a “light” playing uke, requiring a medium touch on the frets. Getting too ham fisted wrecks the intonation. I like it being that way.
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