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Makala Ukuleles

Makala ukuleles are the budget range of ukuleles from Kala. They are among the best in the budget price range. The Makala ukulele comes in the traditional wood look and also in a series of pastel colors (blue, pink etc.) with a dolphin bridge – these are particularly popular with kids. On Video Kirk Shimabukuro […]

Mahalo Ukulele

Mahalo are a very cheap ukulele made originally in China and now in Indonesia. They’re most popular in the UK. Their bright colours and low price tag mean that they are very popular with schools and ukulele groups. They’re not the world’s greatest uke by any means but, considering the price, it’s a decent ukulele. […]

Maccaferri Ukulele

In the 1950s, there was a huge trend for plastic ukuleles. Leading the way was the Maccaferri Islander. Maccaferri had previously been famous for making jazz guitars – particularly those played by Django Reinhardt. When plastics first started to be used to make instruments, Maccaferri jumped on the idea. Plastic meant that ukes could be […]

Lyon and Healy Ukulele

Lyon and Healy made a wide variety of unusually shaped ukuleles including the Venetian (teardrop shape), the Camp uke (circular) and, most sought after of all, the Shrine ukulele (a bulging triangle shape). Their most prized ukulele is the Lyon and Healy 5K Shrine which you can expect to pay $25,000 for. Alternatively, MGM has […]

Leolani Ukulele

Leolani have long been associated with the cheap and cheerful, highly decorated tourist ukes. They have, however, moved to making more legitimate ukuleles and both AJ Rafael and Prescilla Ahn use Leolani ukuleles. Just be sure you’re buying one of their decent ukuleles rather than one of the junkers. Leolani on eBay Leolani A910 Hawaiian […]

Lehua Ukulele

The early Lehua ukuleles were made in Mexico, but more recently they have switched their production to Portugal. Their ukuleles are made Australian Blackwood (part of the same family of Acacia wood as koa). The Lahua ukuleles have an uncanny resemblance to Cordoba ukuleles (which are also made in Portugal). I think it’s a fairly […]

Ko’olau Ukulele

Ko’olau are a high quality ukulele maker from Wahiawa, Hawaii. All Ko’olau ukuleles are handmade in Hawaii which ensures their quality (and also the price tag to match). Their caliber is attested to by endorsements from players like Ledward Kaapana, Lyle Ritz and Abe Lagrimas Jr. If you don’t have the budget for a Ko’olau, […]

Kiwaya Ukulele

Kiwaya ukuleles are based, and made in Japan. Over there, they are known as ‘Famous ukuleles’. You’ll find them proudly declaring ‘Ukuleles since 1919′, which isn’t exactly true. Kiwaya were established then, but they were a gramophone maintenance company. It wasn’t until Kitaroh Okamoto (the man now most associated with the company) joined in 1957 […]

Bushman Ukulele

I strongly recommend against getting involved with Bushman Ukuleles. I’ve seen more complaints against then than I have all the other ukulele manufacturers put together. You can read below the number of people who have had problems with the company. Or you can read about the 13 complaints lodged with the Better Business Bureau and […]

Koa Pili Koko Ukulele

Koa ukuleles are my favorite ukuleles. I love the look and sound of them. Unfortunately, I’m not so keen on the price tag. Koa Pili Koko ukuleles are made from Acacia wood (a close relative of koa) and look at sound almost identical to koa. However, the wood is much more abundant, and therefore cheaper, […]

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