Quality Uke for cheap

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Tuto103, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Tuto103

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    Best ukelele for cheap???
     
  2. RevMike

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    The Lanikai Ukes are great. I have a Fener Hau'oli, and its really nice.
     
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    Mainland Ukes are great too and made in the USA !
     
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    Love my solid top Lanaiki!
     
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    define cheap?
     
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    Kala brand make some inexpensive, but not cheap ukes.
     
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    teleforumnoob Friend of Leo's

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    I like my AnuNue Papa II longneck soprano.
    All laminate but very well made, around $150.
     
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    Grizzly Kit.

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/Ukulele-Kit/H3125

    Many guys on here built them a few years ago. For $30 and getting to build it yourself, can't really go wrong. A search should bring up the thread where everybody showed off their Grizzly ukes.
     
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    Love my Koalana soprano (MIC to Koaloha's specs) but they seem tough to find now.

    I'm not familiar with Mainland Ukes, but their site is giving me UAS!
     
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    I recently bought an Epiphone Les Paul electric uke for $75 ($99 minus a Guitar Center coupon deal) and it's surprisingly good. Maybe not the best choice if you're looking for something to play unamplified, but great if you're playing live.

    For a straight inexpensive acoustic, I've played a few Kala ukes that were nice.
     
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    I have a cheap Lanikai uke. It was okay at the start. Once I changed the strings to Martin uke strings, I have no reason to upgrade my uke. Sounds and plays great.
     
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    I've got a Kala Concert size, as I remember it was a little over a hundred bucks. I play out occasionally in a Hawaiian duo, Uke and my buddy plays Hawaiian Lap Steel. When I want to amplify I stick on a K&K pickup and it sounds great. The Kala plays and sounds pretty good. First Uke I've ever had that had real machine heads instead of friction pegs.
     
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    I played a mahalo Tele style uke, it was about £30 and I loved it. They also do an LP shape. They are very playable. The entry level mahalo ukes are like toys though, so don't waste your time!
     
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    Sorry, but Mainland Ukes are not made in the USA. They are made in China by reportedly the same factory that makes Ohana. Nevertheless, they sell high quality, solid-wood ukes at reasonable prices from their shop in Indiana and the owners offer unparalleled customer service. I have no affiliation with them.
     
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