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What makes a good ukulele and which ukulele should I buy? (and other F.A.Q's)

What makes a good ukulele?

Through a lot of experience playing, buying and selling ukuleles, I've learnt a lot about what makes a good uke. Being made of wood, ukuleles have a lot of natural variation. This is part of their beauty, but also part of the challenge. The main things to focus on are:

  • Tone preference (warm, bright, mellow)

  • Quality of materials (solid woods)

  • Intonation (correctly designed and set-up)

  • Neck (smoothness of fretboard, fret edges, action, buzz)

What are the tonal differences between Acacia, Mango, Mahogany and Spruce?

If I was to simplify it, although this is a difficult question, it would be as follows:

Mahogany: warmest and most mellow tone

Mango: similar to mahogany, but slightly brighter

Acacia: bright, but still warm 

Spruce: bright and loads of projection

Do you set up the ukuleles?

Yes, I have a workshop, with all the tools to set-up any ukulele's nut, saddle and truss rod (in the case of Pono tenor and baritone ukuleles).

Why buy local?

If you are based in Adelaide and want to see a ukulele before you buy it, don't hesitate to contact me. During COVID-19, I am also happy to organise a video call to demonstrate any ukulele or talk you through a product. Buying local, from an Australian retailer, gives you the reassurance that any issue can be dealt with very easily. 

How much does shipping cost?

At Quality Ukes, we do free shipping (to all metro, and most rural areas). However, if you are remote, I will do you the best price for the uke and shipping that is practically possible!

What size ukulele should I buy?

It's very personal! Some people have a preference for a specific size, while others love them all. Click here for a ukulele size comparison chart.

More information?

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