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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Tuto103, Mar 2, 2012.
Best ukelele for cheap???
The Lanikai Ukes are great. I have a Fener Hau'oli, and its really nice.
Mainland Ukes are great too and made in the USA !
Love my solid top Lanaiki!
Kala brand make some inexpensive, but not cheap ukes.
I like my AnuNue Papa II longneck soprano.
All laminate but very well made, around $150.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.