Buying an Cheap Ukulele for a Beginner: What the Beginner Needs to Know
Are you’re a beginner ukulele buyer without a lot of money? Are you not 100% certain about coughing up a lot of cash for a new musical pursuit? What you’re probably thinking about doing, is buying a cheap ukulele, that isn’t going to be too hard on the pocket.
Only Fools Rush in
This is not always a bad idea, but don’t just buy a cheap ukulele just for the fact that it’s cheap. You should bear in mind that all low priced ukuleles are not created equal. It’s best to understand more about the options of making a purchase in advance. So don’t just go rushing into something that you may regret at a later stage.
It will be in your interest to remember, that before buying something that’s really cheap, in most circumstances, you will get what you pay for.
If you Want a Real Uke, Don’t buy a Toy
Near the bottom end of the spectrum you’ll find instruments that are really little more than toys. Most of these cheap ukuleles often have such a large number of problems that they shouldn’t be considered bona fide ukuleles.
Watch the Action
Ukuleles, in this particular budget range, tend to have high or low action. The action being the gap between the uke’s strings and the frets. Low action may cause buzz. Very high action causes problem playing notes and chords. Very cheap ukuleles will often have uneven frets which may cause incorrect notes to be played.
Attempting to play a substandard musical instrument is especially irritating for beginning players. Look out for a slightly more expensive ukulele, which is reasonably playable. This will offer you a more enjoyable experience.
The Kala Mahalo
In the twenty dollar range you can purchase a Mahalo, which is actually a pretty nice ukulele for just a few extra bucks. Mahalo ukes are decent enough that you will be able to learn to play without worrying about being kept back because of construction problems.
The Mahalo U-30 is ideal in case you simply want a spare uke to use on trips or if you are shopping for little ones. Nonetheless, if you are able to shell out a bit more I would definitely encourage considering a Makala ukulele.
Makala ukes are the budget series of ukuleles made by the Kala company. This ukulele company has a rather long reputation for producing very sound starter ukuleles, and the Makala brand maintains that reputation.
The reason that Makala ukes are less expensive than Kala’s various other ukuleles is not due to a reduction in the quality of the craftsmanship, but instead because they use less costly materials.
Why are some Ukes Cheaper?
Makala ukuleles are built with less costly wood, hardware, and strings compared to their costlier counterparts. Granted, these cutbacks contribute to a slightly less rich sound, but the play ability will be on par with their more expensive brothers.
While a Makala ukulele will surely cost somewhat more, compared to, say a Mahalo, its still pretty cheap, and comes in at around $50.
If you can shell out a tad bit more, I propose looking into a Lanikai LU-21C and also the Kala entry level ukuleles. These ukuleles are around $100, and I believe they may be the most suitable ukes for the budding beginner available in today’s market. But as I said, a bit more expense.
We hope these few pointers that we have suggested in this guide will have given you a better insight as to your choices when it comes to choosing the right ukulele for you.