Ukuleles we recommend

Everyone needs a ukulele – but where do you start? My advice is to get the cheapest one that works, and I’ve got some great suggestions here. You can find something that does the job for less that £30/€35/$40. If you enjoy playing (which you will), you’ll probably end up getting a better one pretty soon and it’s always good to have a spare. I have loads of ukuleles! 

If you find something you like and want some advice, email us with a link and we’ll have a look at it.

The ones that most beginners start with are either sopranos (the smallest) or concerts, which are slightly bigger. The tenor is slightly bigger still but it’s hard to find a budget tenor. Don’t get a baritone – they are tuned differently and won’t work for our courses.

$49.00 / £24.50 **

Mahalo Soprano

Mahalo Soprano – A well-known budget brand that produce a great starter instrument at a reasonable price

$79.00 / £81.35 **

Kala Meranti

Kala Meranti – this is a really good option. A solid mid-range beginner use.

$99.00 / £83.99 **

Kala Waterman

Kala Waterman – These are made of plastic and make ideal beach/travel instruments. They work well but I prefer the sound of wooden ukuleles!

$45.00 / £48.69 **

Luna Tattoo Concert Ukulele

Luna Tattoo Concert Ukulele – Luna are a good mid-priced brand and every one of their ukulele’s that I have tried has sounded lovely!

$15.99 **

Strap

Some people use them. I generally recommend the ones that hook into the hole at the front of the use. This means you don’t have to screw anything in to the instrument.

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Soprano Strings

Everybody should have a spare set of strings. You will definitely break one at some point!! I use Aquila – they are good and reasonably priced.

$10.99 / £8.00 **

Concert Strings

Everybody should have a spare set of strings. You will definitely break one at some point!! I use Aquila – they are good and reasonably priced.

** The prices given here are guidelines. We cannot guarantee these prices as they are dependent on factors outside our control. Check on Amazon to see what the current prices are. It is also worth looking around for a deal!