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Johnson UK-120 Hawaiian Soprano Ukulele

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This uke is the real deal, not a toy. The neck is nicely shaped and finished in a satin lacquer to give it a great feel. The uke features a mahogany ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Superbly built with well dressed frets.

This uke is the real deal, not a toy. The neck is nicely shaped and finished in a satin lacquer to give it a great feel. The uke features a mahogany body, champion-style friction pegs, mahogany bridge, inlaid position markers, and Martin Black nylon strings. Comes with carrying bag.

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  • Mahogany body
  • Champion-style friction pegs
  • Inlaid position markers
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3.7

(based on 19 reviews)

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Amazing Sound Per Dollar

I now own two Johnson UK-120 ukuleles...one for home, one for work. I suspect my increasingly-unused guitars are "jealous". There is something oddly addictive about the convenient...Read complete review

I now own two Johnson UK-120 ukuleles...one for home, one for work. I suspect my increasingly-unused guitars are "jealous". There is something oddly addictive about the convenient size, mournful sound, and amazing affordability of a ukulele. As a bonus, the instrument plays naturally in the sweetspot of my (limited) vocal range. The Johnson UK-120 is a serious instrument. The trick is to aggressively play it like a miniature classical guitar (which it is) rather than strum it half-heartedly like a television comedy show toy. Fingerstyle and/or flatpick...let the music decide. The Johnson UK-120 will even stand up to power chords and yield a surprisingly strong tone for such a tiny instrument. I recommend carefully installing a lightweight guitar strap so you can free yourself from the constraining "traditional" playing position. At this price, the Johnson UK-120 has to be one of the best musical instrument deals on the planet. In fact, I'm thinking about buying a third one to keep in my car. If you try one, beware...you may REALLY like it (laughter of the Immortals).

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It's a toy....

Buy this as a toy for your kid, that's what I did. It can help you with fingerings. But if you're at all serious about learning to play, pay a little more and...Read complete review

Buy this as a toy for your kid, that's what I did. It can help you with fingerings. But if you're at all serious about learning to play, pay a little more and set something that wil stay in tune and have at least some level of intonation. Now that my kid is actually playing it and learning chords, I wish I had paid a little more so I wouldn't have to listen to the terrible intonation on this one. The intonation is off about 1/2 of a semitone just on the 3rd fret. You can tighten the screws a bit on the tuning keys to keep them from slipping, but be careful not to strip them.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent beginners uke

By RWG-p-C-h

from Chicago

Don't believe the blurb about the Uke. This IS a toy ukulele! Barely stays in tune and has horrible intonation. Decent for a beginner at best.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

It's a toy....

By dsinacola

from Montana

Buy this as a toy for your kid, that's what I did. It can help you with fingerings. But if you're at all serious about learning to play, pay a little more and set something that wil stay in tune and have at least some level of intonation. Now that my kid is actually playing it and learning chords, I wish I had paid a little more so I wouldn't have to listen to the terrible intonation on this one. The intonation is off about 1/2 of a semitone just on the 3rd fret. You can tighten the screws a bit on the tuning keys to keep them from slipping, but be careful not to strip them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You may have to tighten the tuning pegs (easy)

By UKEdawg888

from Montana

This was a pleasant surprise for me in that it was not a cheap little "toy". I found the tuning keys were too loose and had to use a screwdriver to tighten them since the tension of the strings wouldn't let it stay in tune. Great little fun product. Be sure to get a uke chord book and you can convert any guitar chords to the uke. Easy to play and learn the chords especially if you already know guitar chords.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Johnson mahogany ukulele

By Bruce-rn3_O

from Morongo Valley, CA

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The best aspect of this uke is its good volume for its size. Mine had some minor cosmetic issues but it plays fine. The case is an added bonus, which the uke needs. The uke is very attractive. I also own a Martin SO uke that is made in Mexico. The Martin is louder and smaller with great attention to detail, it is also very expensive. The Johnson has a good tone, like the Martin. I recommend the Johnson as a first uke before you decide to spend more on a deluxe uke, like the martin SO model.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good uke to Learn on

By Jonathan-Q.HIw

from Sacramento, CA

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Decent enough Uke to start out with. Has a good tone to it. expect to do a little tightening or loosening of the tuning pegs for it to stay in tune. when I first bought it, it wouldn't stay in tune for 10 minutes at a time. then once I messed around with the pegs a bit and let the strings stretch out properly, it worked great. I've also used this in Live performances and its sound quality is very nice. I suggest using it for a Lead Uke. It carries an ok rhythm, but its tone is quite "bright" and it doesn't fit too well as rhythm in my opinion.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great beginner's uke!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

For its cost, this ukulele by Johnson (UK-120) is a "steal" though the tuners slip once in a while and the intonation is not perfect. The extremely low cost (at least at the time of this posting) makes this uke a top buy!!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Toy, not the real deal..

By Cableodeon

from California

I tried to tighten the strings so I could tune it... didn't hold worth crap - then again, what can you expect if it's this cheap? Buy it for a 3 year old, not for anyone serious.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple, very playable uke

By Uter333

from CT

This Johnson uke is very easy to just pick up and play. It is a definite must for any musician willing to try the ukulele.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is a great value!

By BayouTripper6

from Tucson, AZ

For how much you pay for the ukelele, you get alot - an excellent product! Great value!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Sound Per Dollar

By Still in Awe

from Minneapolis

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I now own two Johnson UK-120 ukuleles...one for home, one for work. I suspect my increasingly-unused guitars are "jealous". There is something oddly addictive about the convenient size, mournful sound, and amazing affordability of a ukulele. As a bonus, the instrument plays naturally in the sweetspot of my (limited) vocal range. The Johnson UK-120 is a serious instrument. The trick is to aggressively play it like a miniature classical guitar (which it is) rather than strum it half-heartedly like a television comedy show toy. Fingerstyle and/or flatpick...let the music decide. The Johnson UK-120 will even stand up to power chords and yield a surprisingly strong tone for such a tiny instrument. I recommend carefully installing a lightweight guitar strap so you can free yourself from the constraining "traditional" playing position. At this price, the Johnson UK-120 has to be one of the best musical instrument deals on the planet. In fact, I'm thinking about buying a third one to keep in my car. If you try one, beware...you may REALLY like it (laughter of the Immortals).

 
4.0

Excellent value, reasonable quality

By StringKnockAbout

from Farmingville, NY

This is a decent uke for the money. Mine had one small rough spot at the top of the fretboard, but is otherwise excellent. I don't see how something this good could be this inexpensive!

 
4.0

Good quality for the budget-minded

By J. Mitchell

from Cucamonga, CA

This is a great little uke for the price. I had to reposition the nut on mine as the intonation was a bit off, but once that was done, it played great. I would compare the tone and playability to a Kamaka.

 
4.0

Excellent knockaround instrument.

By PhilosopherA

from Ridgecrest, CA

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I am a guitarist who bought this uke as a knockaround instrument - which is excactly what it's for. It is not good enough quality to play seriously, but it is excellent for having fun and impressing your friends. The tone and volume are reasonable for the price, and the instrument is very easy to pick up and play even if you don't know how. It doesn't stay in tune very well, but that can be resolved by tightening the tuners with a screwdriver. I tune this uke to a harmonica, and that works well for me. There is some minor string deadening at higher frets, and strings deaden if you bend them much; but I have no complaints about strumming open chords and lower voiced moveable chords. Not a pro instrument by any standard, but if you're looking to entertain yourself and friends this value can't be beat.

 
4.0

Great value for beginners

By hotrodturtle

from Hoboken, NJ

This uke is a great value for the price. Recommended for learning the chords and strum patterns, but not for professional use or live performing. Doesn't hold it's tune for long if you play often, as it is without geared tuners. Get new strings for a truer sound, as the ones that come with it are a little cheesy.

 
2.0

You get what you pay for

By Zenrat

from Gurnee, IL

I love all music, but purchased this item primarily to play "island music" (I was born in Hawaii). Let's just say, "you get what you pay for." I purchased this ukulele some time ago, and needless to say, I was not satisfied. Sure, the price sounds great, and the tone is not horrible, for the price. The major problem, however, lies in the so-called friction (less) pegs/ tuners- they kept slipping, due to the string tension! Thus it was impossible to keep in tune. One can imagine my frustration, since this rendered the instrument unplayable. As such, I cannot even recommend this ukulele for a beginner, since one just cannot practice or learn on an instrument that simply doesn't work. If you don't want to spend big bucks for the higher quality ukuleles (some go for well over and into the thousands), I'd suggest finding one that at least has geared tuners.

 
4.0

johnson uke

By randomal

from morgan hill, CA

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i am a beginning uke player, and for a first instrument, this uke is great. the playability is good, the body is fairly resonant and loud for something of its size (loud enough for a group of about 20 friends sitting around having good times without using amplification.) if you are interested in a uke, the low price is way worth it. so if you're considering it, i say go for it.

 
3.0

Better Than My Playing

By Noddinoff

from Okeechobee, FL

This uke is a fine way to introduce yourself to a stringed instrument. I'm currently attempting to learn basic guitar, and uke breaks allow me to have some side fun, without having to stretch out my tired old fingers and brain. Structure and sound of this instrument present a good value; not many of us here are ever going to reach the level where spending a bunch more money is going to make us better players. At least the quality of this uke will not discourage anyone from going to a higher level of both expense and ability.

 
5.0

Johnson uke is great for the $$

By Monsterjones

from Austin, TX

Super little uke for money... sounds beautiful! Great for those outdoor moments that need a soundtrack!

 
2.0

Good stuff

By Guitarlvr924

from Conception, Mo

This instrument is built like crap when compared to a martin. This is no a martin though. This is a cheap uke. Well worth the $$ if you are buying it to learn on or have around the office or dorm. And if it gets broken you can always afford a new one.

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