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Martin S-O Soprano Ukulele

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The superior quality Martin S-O Ukulele delivers classic Hawaiian sound thanks to its solid mahogany top, back, and sides. The Martin S-O uke is cons...Click To Read More About This Product

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Martin takes you to the islands.

The superior quality Martin S-O Ukulele delivers classic Hawaiian sound thanks to its solid mahogany top, back, and sides. The Martin S-O uke is constructed using mahogany blocks and a biscuit neck joint. The ukulele's rosette is in the Martin O-Uke pattern. The ukulele's fingerboard is made of morado. From the hand-rubbed finish to the bracing, this is a ukulele with legendary Martin quality. Martin includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Mahogany blocks/biscuit neck joint/no ribbons
  • Body size: O-Uke
  • (soprano/standard)
  • Top: One-piece solid genuine mahogany (to match back and sides)
  • Rosette: O-Uke pattern
  • Top bracing pattern: O-Uke
  • Top braces: Non-scalloped
  • Back: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Side: Solid genuine mahogany
  • Neck: Special O-Uke shape solid mahogany
  • Neck shape: Special O Uke
  • Nut: black Corian
  • Headstock: solid/square/tapered
  • Headplate: none; small raised gold foil logo
  • Fingerboard: morado
  • Scale length: 13.614'' Uke pattern
  • # of frets clear: 12
  • # of frets total: 12
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1-13/32''
  • Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 1-13/16''
  • Finish back and sides: hand-rubbed urethane
  • Finish top: hand-rubbed finish
  • Finish neck: hand-rubbed finish
  • Bridge material: genuine mahogany
  • Bridge style: O-Uke style
  • Bridge string spacing: 1-21/32''
  • Saddle: Black Micarta
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh with white knobs
  • Recommended strings: M-600 nylon - black
  • Case: Padded combo bag
  • Interior label: Paper
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3.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

martin SO uke

I have owned my Martin SO uke for about a year now. This uke is made of solid wood, which makes it louder with a better quality tone than what the cheaper laminate ukulele...Read complete review

I have owned my Martin SO uke for about a year now. This uke is made of solid wood, which makes it louder with a better quality tone than what the cheaper laminate ukulele imports can offer. The fine attention to detail that is found in Martin guitars is also in my Martin uke. The finish and construction on it are awesome. The gig bag it comes with is high quality also. That fact that it's made in Mexico should not be a factor in your purchase. You will not find a better constructed ukulele anywhere!

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Not what they should have been

This new ukulele Martin has put out is a far cry from the famous Martin ukes of the early to mid 20thC. The sound quality is terrible. It has absolutely no resonance or volume...Read complete review

This new ukulele Martin has put out is a far cry from the famous Martin ukes of the early to mid 20thC. The sound quality is terrible. It has absolutely no resonance or volume and it sounds muted. The intonation was off on the one I played as well. The construction seemed hurried and wasn't cleanly built. I expected much more considering their fine reputation in the past. It's fine for a beginner, but the price is too high for what your getting. There are some cheaper beginner ukes that play and sound better than this, or if you're serious about it or don't mind paying a little extra more, you can get a nice soprano ukulele from a well known hawaiian maker. Koaloha, Maui Music, or Kamaka (which is a bit more expensive) - All make very nice ukuleles and they are made out of Koa wood. You will be much happier in the long run with one of these. Good luck to you.

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2.0

Pass on this one, Get the Epiphone Masterbuilt

By Tiki

from NY

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I spent a good deal of time reviewing various Ukuleles in this price range and after careful consideration, I went with the Epiphone Masterbuilt. It was head and shoulders abover the Martin S-0 in both sound and build quality.

 
5.0

Excellent product if played right!

By Shawn-O7nbA

from Atlanta, GA

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When I first got my S-O uke, I thought it sounded tinny and kinda like a banjo. Then I learned that uke is supposed to be strummed over the upper bout just below the 12th fret. This has made ALL the difference. I have compared MANY ukes and if you're playing it right, my Martin S-O uke is by far the best on the market. The Cordoba uke almost compares and possibly has a rounder tone but is not as resonant. The Martin S-O is the best solid wood uke for the money. The gigbag is GREAT too!

 
4.0

S-O you get what you pay for

By GuitarsnRotts

from Western PA

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This is a good basic, no frills, solid wood uke.Nothing fancy but solidly built and nicely finished. Your dealing with the overall fine quality of a Martin built instrument, but it is a Mexican-built ukulele. Some are very well built and sound great, some not so much. I happened to get one of the good ones. Great tone, nice finish, worth the price.

 
2.0

Keep Shopping

By Gordo79

from Kwajalein

I'm really surprised Martin endorses this product, which overprices this toy. The quality just dosen't meet Martin standards. There's better deals than this Ukulele, keep looking.The features rating got a 7 only due to the gig bag which is pretty good.

 
5.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Fantastic tone and great workmanship.

 
3.0

Not quite there

By jamman dummy

from Honolulu, Hawaii

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The martin just misses the mark in tone and clarity. It is a small uke, making it difficult to chord, which affects the overall tone.I own several others to compare it to, Kamaka, Lanaka'i, and even a lowly Hilo, but the Martin is muted and feels more toylike than any of the others. It did come with an exceptionally nice gig bag with embroidered "Martin" logo. The finish is plain and the decal on the headstock detracts from the overall look, looking like, well... a decal.For the money, save a bit more and Get a better one.

 
2.0

Not what they should have been

By ukepal

from California

This new ukulele Martin has put out is a far cry from the famous Martin ukes of the early to mid 20thC. The sound quality is terrible. It has absolutely no resonance or volume and it sounds muted. The intonation was off on the one I played as well. The construction seemed hurried and wasn't cleanly built. I expected much more considering their fine reputation in the past. It's fine for a beginner, but the price is too high for what your getting. There are some cheaper beginner ukes that play and sound better than this, or if you're serious about it or don't mind paying a little extra more, you can get a nice soprano ukulele from a well known hawaiian maker. Koaloha, Maui Music, or Kamaka (which is a bit more expensive) - All make very nice ukuleles and they are made out of Koa wood. You will be much happier in the long run with one of these. Good luck to you.

 
5.0

This guitar is the best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The guitar sounds, looks and feels great.

 
4.0

Better than a starter model, not quite pro

By ditkomaniac

from Shelby NC

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I got my Martin S-O Uke two years ago. I was unimpressed with the sound and replaced the strings with a custom set of D'Addarios that I put together from two sets of guitar strings. Nirvana was attained when I finally put a set of Aquilla strings on it. I HIGHLY recommend Aquilla strings for any non-metal string instrument.

 
5.0

Very Happy Instrument

By ditkomaniac

from Shelby NC

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While this instrument sounds and plays well in C6 tuning, it really shines if you tune it to D6. That may be due to Martin's stock strings which seem somewhat slack in C tuning. The construction on mine is near flawless with a couple of detail problems in the fret slots.

 
4.0

martin SO uke

By Bruce-rn3_O

from Morongo Valley, CA

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I have owned my Martin SO uke for about a year now. This uke is made of solid wood, which makes it louder with a better quality tone than what the cheaper laminate ukulele imports can offer. The fine attention to detail that is found in Martin guitars is also in my Martin uke. The finish and construction on it are awesome. The gig bag it comes with is high quality also. That fact that it's made in Mexico should not be a factor in your purchase. You will not find a better constructed ukulele anywhere!

 
5.0

Martin S-O Uke

By Phelmuth

from Central, SC

I have owned my Martin S-O uke for about 3 months, and I truely love it. It had been a display model in a music store and had some string wear so I replaced the Martin M-600 strings with D'addario. In my experience, new nylon strings will stretch for awhile, so they must be retuned often, untill they stretch out. After that, it will stay in tune. My uke sounds great and plays well. The best money I ever spent.

 
5.0

love it

By justinpalmieri

from new brunswick nj

You get what you pay for. It's expensive because its crafted so wonderfully. I just got this uke finally after years of not being able to afford it. I have played many ukes but the martin so has always been the sound I was looking for as well as the look. If you are looking for a nice sounding uke at a cheaper price go for a samick they make really nice decent priced ukuleles thats what I used up until a week ago when I got the martin.

 
3.0

Good, Not Great

By Scott D.

from Alexandria, VA

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I own a Vintage Martin 0-Uke and though the S0-Uke is similar in appearence it is not quite the same. The fingerboard on the S0-Uke is thicker and the overall body is a little heavier than a Vintage 0-Uke. This seems to dampen the sound of the S0-Uke. Don't get me wrong, the S0-Uke is a quality instrument from a legendary company, but it isn't on par with the Ukes they used to build. In comparing the sound of my Vintage 0-Uke with my S0-Uke I would say they sound similar, but the S0-Uke is not as loud. Tone-wise, they both are equal. Also I feel the price, even at discount, is a little high for the S0-Uke.

 
2.0

You call this a Martin!??

By jflag

from Honolulu, HI

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At one time, Martin made some of the best sounding ukuleles around. I guess those days are long gone. This uke looks fine, but the sound is tinny and lacks volume. In my opinion, some of the cheaper imports sound way better and are about 1/4th the price. Do yourself a favor and shop around. You can do much better.

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