5 points to know if your ukulele is of good quality

by Eduardo Mendoza January 09, 2018

5 points to know if your ukulele is of good quality

When we buy a musical instrument we must consider that there is a big difference between Quality and Beautiful. So here you have a small guide on how to know that you are acquiring a good quality instrument that will accompany you for years.

1.- The brand

The brand will always be a total support in terms of quality, before buying your ukulele explore the different brands that are on the market. Luna, Kala, Córdoba, Caraya, La Sevillana, ANueNue, Fender, Copacabana, Etc ... And the list goes on and on.

You can find reviews of many of these brands on YouTube or in ukulele forums so you can get to know the experiences of different people with different brands.

In Ukulelería we handle three of the best brands: Kala, Cordovaand Moon. We invite you to also explore the websites of these brands to check why we like them.

2.- Wood

When you are buying your ukulele ask what wood it is, currently all standard ukuleles with a good level of quality use Laminated Mahogany or Solid Mahogany. A low quality wood for an instrument is the pinalbete, This does not mean that it will sound bad, what it affects is in its life time and how it will absorb moisture once you take it out of the package.

3.- Fake wood

This point goes apart from the previous one because here what we will see is how the sound affects the decoration that makes two woods come together. The soundboard is made of pinalbete (usually) and is coated with a thin layer of other wood for what purpose? give the appearance of what is not.

How do I check if it is a fake wood? Easy! Look at the mouth of the soundboard and right at the edges you will notice the division of the woods, another aspect is that the wood inside the soundboard is the same color tone as the wood that claims to be our ukulele.

These fake wood coverings make our ukulele not sound good or not heard with an adequate volume since they are covering the main pores of the instrument.

4.- Handmade.

One of the reasons we like the brands we handle is that they are handmade. Look at the stamps that ukuleles have! If it says "Handmade" or "crafted handmade" you already did it. These ukuleles are constantly being reviewed in their elaboration. That's why they are so good!

5.- The strings and tension.

Usually the ukuleles are factory-set with the best strings in the market. Aquila, for example, is one of the best strings since they are made of a material that mimics the texture of the gut strings and is a brand used by a wide variety of brands. Check your ukulele and if it has the same thickness strings, they are not giving you good quality strings.



Eduardo Mendoza
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4 Answers

Andrea
Andrea

August 11 2020

Is the Campero ukulele a good brand?

Fernanda
Fernanda

January 22, 2020

The strings of my Sevillian ukulele are transparent plastic and I don't know if that is of good quality or not?

Denisuwu
Denisuwu

January 01, 2019

The Copacabana ukulele is a good brand?

price
price

January 10, 2018

Super parents tips and very digestible. especially for those who acquired this instrument for the first time and we don't know much about it.

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