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Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele   

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The Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele is available in a rainbow of colors - each comes with its own color-matched bag for easy and safe transportat...Read More

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At this price you can buy several and color coordinate with all your Hawaiian shirts!

The Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele is available in a rainbow of colors - each comes with its own color-matched bag for easy and safe transportation to the beach or the weekly lesson. This quality ukulele features all-maple construction, ebonized fretboard and bridge, and smooth, accurate, nickel-plated guitar style tuners.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • 8 colors to choose from
  • Smooth and accurate, nickel-plated guitar style tuners with plastic buttons
  • Complete maple construction
  • Ebonized fingerboard and bridge
  • Polished brass frets
  • Includes a gig bag

Join the crowds that have rediscovered this great traditional instrument.

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MahaloU-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele
 
4.3

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (36)
  • Consistent (24)
  • Well built / quality (22)
  • Long life (9)
  • Inexpensive (7)

Cons

  • Poor tone quality (7)
  • Not consistent (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (42)
  • Back-up (12)
  • Learning (4)
  • Messing around (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (30), Experienced (25), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice product! Mahalo U-30 PAINTED SOPRANO UKULELE

I am a school music teacher and bought these to use with my classes. The kids loved the dolphin shaped tuners. I found them easy to tune, and the variety of colors was...Read complete review

I am a school music teacher and bought these to use with my classes. The kids loved the dolphin shaped tuners. I found them easy to tune, and the variety of colors was and is great fun! So many children these days want to be guitar players. These ukuleles are an affordable way to begin skill building that can be applied to guitars when the children are bigger - though my high school seniors loved them, too!
This is a bargain priced ukulele that does everything such a ukulele should do. After the nylon strings were stretched out by a week of constant tuning, they began to hold their pitches quite well. The brown ones had slightly better sound than the other ten colors.
I bought 22 of these ukes, 2 each of the eleven colors. They survived four weeks of elementary children from grade 1 - 6 in very good shape, even the ones that were dropped. They have a nice tone (especially the brown ones) and sound great.

I think the brown ones sounded better because a different sort of finish was used, rather than the very attractive looking glossy paint.
Like the ad says, at this price, you can buy more than one to coordinate with your outfit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's still fun!

Right off the bat, I have to complain how much a nuisance this thing is to keep in tune. Even after a week of letting it settle and regularly pulling it back in...Read complete review

Right off the bat, I have to complain how much a nuisance this thing is to keep in tune. Even after a week of letting it settle and regularly pulling it back in tune, it would fall out of tune after about 5-10 minutes of playing, and noticeably so.

It's also got some problems with intonation. Many of the frets are poorly placed, so playing anything more than basic chords isn't recommended, as they will sound very off. Even some of the lower registers are very poorly intonated, and there's no way to adjust this short of getting the saddle/bridge off and placing it in a slightly better spot, which is more work than it's worth.

Negative things aside, the uke still has a pretty good sound. I've played ones more expensive as this that didn't sound as nice, and it's a very sturdy instrument.

Overall, it's a good ukelele if you aren't sure you want a ukelele yet, are a beginner, or just want one to screw around with. I wouldn't recommend using it for any serious work, such as recording or doing a gig. You -will- have to get over the constant re-tuning problems, but once you do, it's a very fun instrument to play, and it's something anyone can pick up.

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5.0

Great 1st Uke for beginner

By Late Bloomer

from Carrollton, Ga

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

    Great 1st Uke for beginner like me

     
    1.0

    Slightly crooked bridge was enough to prevent tuning

    By christian

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

    The bridge was glued/screwed on crookedly...there was no way this thing would get or stay in tune. I was tempted to try another because this thing was so darn cute, and except for the bridge seemed decent enough for the price. MusiciansFriend , as always has wonderful Gear Heads in Customer Service and accepted the return.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele Review

    By StanViolin

    from TX

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Setup
    • Inexpensive
    • Portable
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Minorly Flawed Paint
    • Subpar Tone

    Best Uses

    • Learning on a Budget
    • Practicing
    • Traveling

    Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

    Overall, this is a fun uke to play. I have higher end Lanikai and Martin ukeleles, but I wanted something that I could travel with worry free. This is it. I carry it with me all the time. It goes to grocery stores, restaurants, work, etc. I treat my instruments well mostly, but this little guy has taken some abuse. It's still kicking with very little sign of wear or damage.

    The first thing I did when I got this ukulele was put some half decent strings on it. The original strings aren't awful, but I don't them. It took several days of frequent tuning, but the tuners started holding their tune for a few hours at a time. I imagine they'll get a little bit better as the strings finish stretching completely.

    The instrument has a pretty basic look. Upon closer inspection, there are tiny, black paint spots. On my ukulele, the paint that meets the fretboard was pretty sloppy. The flaws don't draw away from the overall appearance of my instrument.

    The tone isn't bad for the price. It's an entry level painted uke, so as one would expect, it sounds fairly muffled and mellow. It's lack of potent projection makes it good for playing in public buildings without drawing too much attention. The dampened tone also covers up mistakes better than a ukulele with a clearer tone.

    The play-ability out of the box wasn't the best, but it was majorly improved with the new strings I put on it. The action isn't as low and smooth as my Martin, but it's not frustratingly high like on some other budget ukes I've played. I'm not displeased with the setup.

    In conclusion, I'm glad I purchased this instrument. It's far from professional quality, but it does better than I was expecting for the price. If you want to start out with a really nice ukulele or upgrade into something better than what you have, I would suggest paying a bit more for something of better quality. If you just want a travel uke or something *really cheap to learn on, this is a good one to grab!

     
    5.0

    I would definitely buy this ukulele again!!

    By Patty

    from Scranton, PA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

      For the money, this is the best ukulele around! Love it!!

       
      4.0

      Really good intro Uke

      By HockeyBrad

      from Kansas City

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Practicing

      Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

      I'm a guitar player and bought this for my daughter. She really likes it. In playing it myself I found it sounds good, is solid, and a good starter. It doesn't stay in tune super well, but I think that's what you get when you step up to the more expensive ukes. It's serving it's purpose well here!

       
      5.0

      Great first Uke!

      By Gina

      from Iowa

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

        I purchased this for my college bound daughter and it's perfect! It took a little effort to get it tuned the first day, but after that, just a little tweaking. She has already picked up several songs that she can play and is really enjoying it. Great value in a first Uke!

         
        4.0

        Cute little Ukulele

        By Willow

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cute, easy to play
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Goes out of tune frequently

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

        I purchased this Ukulele as a gift for my young niece. It is really cute, she loved the color, and it gets a nice tone. The downside is that it goes out of tune easily. I can tune it no problem, but my nieces family is not musical and can't.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Easy and fun

        By Poppa

        from Canyon Lake, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

          Bought this to use while teaching the instrument to my granddaughter. My primary instrument is guitar, haven't played uke since I was twelve. Picked it right back up on this fun little uke.

           
          4.0

          Pretty good beginner ukulele!

          By BOS

          from California

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

          • Strings slip and need to be tuned often

          Best Uses

          • Good For Beginners
          • Practicing

          Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

          Enjoyed the little dolphins in the back. Not a big fan of the plastic strings but I guess I can fix that later. Overall great instrument and quality.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pure Awesome

          By J

          from Boise

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beutiful
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Taking to partys

            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            Played guitar for a couple years. Bought this on a whim so that i had an instrument to take with me when i went out. Was able to learn the basic chords in an hour or so. Took it out pub crawling. If you take a guitar out to the pub you run the risk of appearing pretentious, but a Uke comes off as playful and fun. Was a hit everywhere, played for drinks, made new friends. Easy to learn, easy to play, sounds beautiful. These Mahalo Ukes are real gems. Get em while you can. Order 5 and give them away as you meet people. On my 3rd now.

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