The first step in the ukulele buying process is that you need to find out what size of ukulele you want. The smallest and most popular size is the soprano. These Ukes usually have 12-14 frets and they produce the highest sound. The concert Ukulele is next, this week has 14-17 frets and has a slightly lower sound. This week is especially popular with the established ukulele players. Next Week is a Tenor, these have even more frets and an even lower sound. Baritone week is the next ukulele on the list. They follow the pattern and have even more frets and produce a smoother sound.
Cost: The cost of the ukulele varies with two main factors, wood and size. In general, the louder the ukulele sounds, the cheaper it will be. Soprano is the cheapest and baritone is the most expensive. The forest is a very large part of the cost of your ukulele. In my opinion, koa wood is the best wood for a ukulele. I want to clarify one thing but there is no good wood for a ukulele, some are better than others, but they all have different subtle sounds that some people like in different forests. An important thing to remember is that it is always better to have sunny wood, rather than laminated. Solid means that it is made of good wood all the way, laminated means that it is only covered by the good wood with cheaper wood underneath.
Another element of a ukulele is the strings, these are a little less important when you buy a ukulele because of how cheap they are, but it is also much easier if you buy a ukulele with constricted looking strings. I personally recommend Aquila strings because of their rich sound. The action and intonation are two very important parts of the ukulele that are centered around the strings. This is a reason to make sure that your ukulele is already tense when you receive it, or how you properly string one.
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In this guide, I will show you everything you need to know to buy a ukulele that suits your price range, interests and the look you want.