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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 […]

Lymana Ukulele

Lymana ukuleles are made in Hawaii by Lymana Ashikawa. He’s been making ukuleles more than 20 years and was the ukulele maker of choice for Bill Tapia. Find out more at On Video Dianne Rubio plays Lulu’s Back in Town on her Lymana Ukulele. Video Review

Nalu Ukulele

Hawaiian-based ukulele company with a range of ukuleles: – Ahua (their entry level ukuleles) – Kaiko’o (sitka spruce top, zebrawood elsewhere) – Papakea (spruce top, rosewood elsewhere) – Hokua (solid, all mahogany ukuleles) On Video Sarah Maisel demonstrates a Nalu Ukulele at NAMM. On eBay

Kona Guitars

Not to be confused with Kona Ukuleles (which is very easily done). Kona Guitars are a Texas-based company who have two cheap soprano ukuleles in their range: the KUK258 and the KUK260. On Amazon

Kona Ukulele

Not to be mixed up with Kona Guitars who also, confusingly, make ukuleles. Kona Ukuleles are a South Korean company serving mainly the Asian market. Find out more on their Facebook page. Their ukes are higher-end than those of Kona Guitars. Make sure they have the distinctive Kona logo before you buy one: On Video […]

Yamaha Ukulele

Yamaha don’t have any ukuleles (at the time of writing) but they are the most popular maker of guitarleles. The guitarlele is about the same size as a tenor ukulele but has six strings (nylon – like a ukulele or classical guitar) and is tuned ADGCEA (i.e. like a guitar capoed at the fifth fret). […]

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