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Kala Ukulele

Kala Ukuleles are a relatively new ukulele brand, but have made a big impact. They are a great choice for people who want a well-made, quality ukulele at a decent price. They are particularly good for people who are getting more serious about playing the uke and want a quality ukulele without breaking the bank. […]

Ohana Ukulele

Ohana ukuleles are some of the cheapest solid wood ukuleles around. A number of their instruments are solid mahogany yet priced at under $200. That’s very rare. Obviously, with the instruments being so cheap, they are not made in the US but China. As you can see from Ken Middleton’s review below, this means that […]

Lanikai Ukulele

Lanikai are part of the Hohner music company. Initially their ukuleles, being made in China and laminated, were at the cheaper end of the scale (although they are increasingly moving into higher end ukes) but that hasn’t stopped them getting some high level support. Lanikai are a bit hit with the indie crowd. The most […]

KoAloha Ukulele

KoAloha started making ukuleles in 1995 and have quickly become very highly respected. There are an impressive number of top ukulelists using KoAloha ukuleles including Herb Ohta Jnr, Daniel Ho, Britt Paiva and Victoria Vox. KoAloha ukuleles are all made of solid Koa wood (hence the name: koa+aloha=KoAloha) and built in their factory in Hawaii. […]

Oscar Schmidt Ukulele

Oscar Schmidt are an offshoot of the Washburn guitar company. They started out as the ‘folk instrument’ wing of Washburn and seem to focus on Autoharps more than ukuleles. Oscar Schmidt ukes tend to be at the cheaper end of the price scale but have a good reputation for quality. I have an Ashbury Concert […]

Manea Ukuleles

Manea Ukuleles are a Hawaii-based ukulele company with a particular emphasis on Polynesian culture. So as well as the standard Hawaiian-style ukulele they also sell Tahitian ukuleles. Importing them from Tahiti, The Cook Islands and Rapa Nui. Manea Ukuleles on Facebook On Video Hector Bernaldo discusses Manea’s range of ukuleles.

KoAlana Ukulele

KoAlana ukuleles are KoAloha‘s budget range of ukes. These ukuleles are still solid wood but sapele rather than koa. They are produced in China and finished in KoAloha’s Hawaii factory. The comments I’ve read on the net about them seem very positive. At their low price (under $200), they do seem like a very good […]

Hanworks Ukulele

Antoniotsai ukuleles are ornately inlaid and unbelievably cheap. However, they’re not really musical instruments but suitable as ornaments . Many people have reported some big problems with Antonio Tsai’s ukuleles and his other musical instruments. There are two threads on Ukulele Underground discussing his ukuleles (here and here) and more general discussions about his musical […]

Mele Ukulele

There are actually two Mele ukuleles. On a New York company that has long since disappeared (although there are a few ukes still knocking around) and a more recent Hawaiian company (set up in 1992). Their higher end instruments are made on Hawaii with solid wood. But they also a budget range of ukuleles known […]

Abbott Ukulele

Abbott Ukulele The Abbott company made a number of different instruments including banjo and guitars. But their most famous instrument was the Abbott Monarch banjo ukulele. It was this banjolele that George Formby used. As a result, the Abbott Monarch is very popular in the UK and hugely collectible. As a result, they can fetch […]

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