Ukulele Buying Guide Part 2: Common Ukulele Issues

When buying a ukulele it is incredibly important to check for issues, as all wooden instruments no matter how well built are prone to movement (due to natural fluctuations in temperature, humidity or happenstance). I recommend two steps before buying a ukulele, (1) first check online to check if your specific ukulele (or ukuleles) of interest have any common issues. Note: Don’t be scared if some people have reported some issues with your dream ukulele, but more pay attention to if lots of people are reporting similar issues.

Here is a brief list of the most common and most important issues to be aware of and how to check for them. If you’re unsure of how to check, you can always ask the salesperson at your local music store to check for you, or bring a trusted ukulele enthusiast along with you to help!

1) Intonation: to check the intonation of a ukulele (how in tune a ukulele is with itself) compare the harmonics at the 12th fret of each string to the fretted note of the corresponding string. If the fretted note is higher it means that the bridge has been glued too far forward, if