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Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele  

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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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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice product! Mahalo U-30 PAINTED SOPRANO UKULELE

By Thomas MacMillan

from Rural NY state

Comments about 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 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.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad

By Travis Briar

from Kansas City

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Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

Overall it's just a cheap (price wise) little Uke that is decent quality. Well worth the money. I play it a lot, it's a lot of fun to play this little thing and learning Uke chords. I would recommend this product to someone who is new to playing Uke.
Pretty simple, not a whole lot of features on a Uke.
For the money I was expecting a less quality product. It's actually not bad. The tuning knobs seem to be fair quality and the wood is decent as well. It's just the strings that come with it are pretty cheap I think. From everywhere that I read about this product they all said to buy seperate strings.
Great value for the product.Uke, bag a set of strings. Can't beat that.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

U-30 Uke

By batlsby

from Brattleboro, VT

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Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

Ok, so first of all, let me set the stage for everyone: I'm going on vacation and was looking for a travel guitar in my price range. Couldn't find one. My girlfriend suggested I buy a uke: they're cheaper and smaller so they'd be easier to play. I thought it was a good idea and went poking about looking for something cheap, playable, and fun.

What I found was the Mahalo U-30. I thought the colors were cool and gave them some character so I bought a white one (I thought the white with black looked really sharp. What I got was a yellow one (I was sent the wrong one). At first I was a little disappointed but I didn't have time to send it back and still get it in time for my vacation so I just kept it. I'm glad I did because the color is growing on me.

Anyway, I can't put it down! I am having a lot of fun learning chords and trying to make some music with them. I'm playing so much that the black pain on the side of the fret board is wearing off onto my fingers (not impressed with this).

I did change the strings out right away because almost every review I read said to do this. I put on some Martin strings and they really sing.

The tuners don't function all that well, but they look pretty neat with the dolphin motif. However, they are starting to keep better tune now that I've tightened them up.

Would I recommend this product? Yes. I already have, in fact. This is a great uke for someone who is just getting started and wants to just have fun. Totally worth the $20. If you like it and want to get serious, upgrade. If you don't like it, you're not too invested.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best for Beginners

By JuJu-w6FMw

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

This Mahalo was my first uke. When I first got it, I was surprised by the lightness, being so used to guitars, and it felt a little toy-like. However, I had done some research on this model, so I had a new set of nylon uke strings on the ready. And what a HUGE difference they made. Don't discount this uke until you've restrung it. This is a great uke for beginners, with an easy entry price and durable design. The sound isn't as rich as some pricier ukes, but it is plenty fine sounding for learning, even some casual performing. Just remember to restring with some better quality nylons and you should be gold.Also, I'd recommend getting a good clip-on uke tuner, if you don't have one already. The strings will take some time to stretch and even then, the uke can fall out of tune on a fair basis. But I don't mind, because it just takes a minute before a performance to give it a quick tune with the tuner and then it's ready to go all show long!

(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You get what you pay for

By Adrienne Smallwood

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

U-30 Painted Soprano UkuleleI really hate to give this a bad review because it's so darn cute but I'm disappointed with my purchase and I based my decision on other reviews. I don't have a problem keeping it in tune but if I try to pick a song it doesn't sound good. It's like the frets don't have correct spacing. Even if it's tuned perfectly some notes are sharp when pressing on the strings. I can't even play a scale without it sounding really bad. I even tried putting better strings on it. I think it helped but it still doesn't sound good. I'm not a ukulele expert but if you can tell when a note is sharp or flat this instrument will drive you crazy.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great little UKE !

By Rex-LE1dI

from MA

Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

First thing, DO NOT put metal stings on this uke as previous novice player posted. Use only nylon strings on Uke's not metal.This is a great Uke for the money!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value

By jj

from upstate ny

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Pros

  • Great Smile Factor
  • Nice Entry Level Uke

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

      I purchased 6 of these ukes as Christmas gifts for family members who range in age from 5 to 98. Everyone was very happy especially my 98 year old father in law who first played a uke in 1925 !
      The tuning issue is string related. The original strings stretch a lot so the uke won't stay in tune very long at first. The sound is quite good for an entry level instrument and the smile factor is great!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Little Instrument

      By Umcle Easy

      from Michigan

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

          Ordered this one to teach my wife a few chords for fun. Do yourself a favor and shave a half millimeter off the bridge saddle and change the strings to some Martin clear fluorocarbons. Major improvement. Highly recommended and fun !

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Inexpensive: but a world of smiles

          By musicdad

          from Texarkana USA

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          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Learn
            • Practicing

            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            I bought this Uke for my son as a gift. He wanted one so he could "pack it" anywhere. (easier than his guitar) That's exactly what he's doing, it hasn't left his hands since we un-boxed it. price/joy ratio is at about a penny a smile currently.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great gift for younger learner!

            By Frances Tucker

            from Vermont

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            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            We purchased the ukulele for our 4 yr old grandson as he has been showing an interest in daddy's guitar. Grandson loves the uke, son loves playing together with him. Uke is durable, holds up to a 4 year old, has a nice sound when tuned. Nice look, pretty colors,
            Nice look, pretty color. Tuners work well.
            Holds up to a four year old budding musician.
            Worth the cost to get a tunable and playable real instrument into the hands of a young child. Adults in family also have ukes and like this one very much.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good

            By doodledoo

            from New York City

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            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            The reviewer below mentioned that this ukulele came with plastic strings and says he switched for steel. Actually it comes with Nylon strings, which is what all soprano ukuleles are supposed to have. Putting steel strings on a ukulele this small is highly ill-advised.This is a pretty good little starter instrument. Stays in tune fairly well and you don't have to worry about it getting banged around.I would recommend it.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Starter Uke

            By GK-wV7uf

            from Montreal

            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            I bought two of these over the course of 3 year. Tuner broke on my first one but they use different ones now anyway. The Matte finish ones feel nicer but the glossy finish looks cooler. As far as sound it projects well enough to keep up with voice but not someone playing fast acoustic with a pick. It's great to learn on and leave lying around the house to pick up and noodle on. I recommend getting new strings though if you want it to sound louder and brighter.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Mahola ukulele

            By Noethcovebob

            from Grayland, WA

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            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            Hard to believe you can find a new instrument for the price. Perfect for what I was looking for.
            Finish was great!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Review of U-30 Painted Soprano Ukelele

            By Thomas Raia

            from Northwest Florida

            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            A nice value for the price. It even comes with matching soft case.
            Stays in tune pretty well. Nice paint job. Great beginner instrument.
            Very reasonably priced. I bought one for me and two for the grandkids.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Really Nice Uke!

            By Uncle Pete

            from Floriduh

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            Pros

            • Looks good
            • Sounds great

            Cons

            • Hard To Choose Color

            Best Uses

            • Yacht

            Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

            An experienced Uke player; concert & tenors w/electronics for stage. Bought this beautiful white soprano for the beach & boat---gold tuning pegs with dolphin backs! After 3 frustrating days with slipping tuning...on Day #4 it stays in tune! Have a clip-on tuner handy! Nice mellow tone unlike many tinny sopranos. Lotsa fun on the cheap...easy to learn! Trust your Uncle pete!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not bad

            By Don

            from Hamilton, Ohio

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • It's Ok It A Christmas D

            Cons

            • Bad

            Best Uses

              Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

              Bought as a Christmas gift for a 3 year old who likes playing with my good one.
              Would not buy if serious about playing music.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice little uke for a great price!

              By Happy Strumming

              from Aurora, IL

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Action Low Easy Fretting
              • Good Tone
              • It Stays Somewhat Tuned

              Cons

              • One Tuning Key Slips

              Best Uses

              • Learning Uke Chords
              • Messing around
              • Practicing

              Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

              I picked it up because I've been thinking about getting one, and the price was right. The free shipping was a bonus. I threw in a set of strings, but haven't felt the need to put them on yet.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This is a good starter ukulele.

              By UkeOwner45

              from Chicago, IL

              Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

              I just received the Mahalo U-30 in the mail last week. Since then I can't put it down. I would have to say that the sound is good and the structure of it is worth the price. The quality of this ukulele isn't as bad as people say. This ukulele is really good to start out on if you do not have the money for a more expensive ukulele like me. Musician's Friend delivers fast and you'll be playing in no time.

              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Ukulele

              By Acoustic1972

              from Western North Carolina

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              Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

              I ordered this ukulele six weeks ago. I ordered a set of strings but kept the original strings on until I made the minor nut & bridge adjustments. As with all nylon strings it took quite a while for them to stretch, stabilize and stay in tune. Intonation up the neck is great. The sound is very rich, finish is good, case is little more than a dust cover, but serves that purpose well. You will not find a better soprano uke anywhere at this price!

              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Ukulele

              By Brendan Chumney

              from Michigan

              Comments about Mahalo U-30 Painted Soprano Ukulele:

              Overall its a good Uke but the knob when I got was broken so it doesnt stay in tune very long and you have to be carful when tuning it.. All in all good Uke
              A normal Ukulele works fine
              The E knob was boken when I recived it
              Low price great for starters

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