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Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele

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An instrument for the serious uke player.

The Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele is a beauty. Made of gorgeous Hawaiian koa with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The Oscar Schmidt OU5 features abalone top inlays and is fitted with high-quality Grover tuners.

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FEATURES
  • Hawaiian koa
  • Abalone top inlays
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Grover tuners
  • Case sold separately
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Oscar SchmidtOU5 Concert Koa Ukulele
 
4.5

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

After Five Years!

There's just nothing bad to say about the OU5 koa wood ukulele. A lot of the criticisms you'll hear are based on much more expensive instruments or said by inexperienced players. For instance,...Read complete review

There's just nothing bad to say about the OU5 koa wood ukulele. A lot of the criticisms you'll hear are based on much more expensive instruments or said by inexperienced players. For instance, that it doesn't stay in tune. Nonsense! Ukuleles use Nylon strings and they take a week or more to 'settle in'. This is normal and happens with every ukulele from the cheapest to the finest professional instruments.

After five years of constant use my OU5 looks like new and has taken on a warmth and character the way all the best wooden instruments do. I can't help but wonder what it will sound like in 100 years and I fully expect it to be around then. This is not some silly toy that will fall apart in a few months; this is a top-rate musical instrument.

For those just starting out, this is about the best first ukulele you could own. It doesn't have any of the problems with intonation (bad notes) that you find in cheap instruments. It is perfectly in tune all the way up the fretboard and all the chords sound just as they should. It's easy to hold and play, and is built to last.

Thanks and kudos to Musician's Friend for supplying such a high quality instrument at such competitive prices, and for keeping it available for so long.
Materials and workmanship are superb for a ukulele in this price range. The woods are first rate, the tuners are remarkable for the money, and the attention to detail is exquisite.
There is nothing to complain about with this quality. It has held up perfectly to daily use for five years and still looks and plays perfectly. It even sounds better!
A lot of players have been disappointed with ukes in this price range, but the OU5 has to be one of the best values in the ukulele world. I'm constantly amazed that this instrument can still be sold at a bargain price even five years later.

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Garbage

I purchased this item as an instrument to record with. I had other ukulele's in the past and wanted an upgrade with a decent instrument. The amount of money attached to this uke is...Read complete review

I purchased this item as an instrument to record with. I had other ukulele's in the past and wanted an upgrade with a decent instrument. The amount of money attached to this uke is not worth the hassle you will have trying to keep it in tune. The scale of the neck should be EXACTLY 15 in. from the nut of the guitar to the bridge. On both models I received it was short short 1/8 of an inch. This may not seem like a lot to some, but to those who understand guitars will notice to be a major problem. This will affect the intonation and longevity of the strings. Yes, the uke will stay relatively in tune for the first five frets, however, if you were to hit any open string and then the twelfth fret of the same string, you should be able to notice a distinct difference in pitch. The uke was off by a half step! The second also had a dead fret on the 3rd string (E) 2nd fret. Stay away from this piece of garbage.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After Five Years!

By Tim2723

from New Jersey

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Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

There's just nothing bad to say about the OU5 koa wood ukulele. A lot of the criticisms you'll hear are based on much more expensive instruments or said by inexperienced players. For instance, that it doesn't stay in tune. Nonsense! Ukuleles use Nylon strings and they take a week or more to 'settle in'. This is normal and happens with every ukulele from the cheapest to the finest professional instruments.

After five years of constant use my OU5 looks like new and has taken on a warmth and character the way all the best wooden instruments do. I can't help but wonder what it will sound like in 100 years and I fully expect it to be around then. This is not some silly toy that will fall apart in a few months; this is a top-rate musical instrument.

For those just starting out, this is about the best first ukulele you could own. It doesn't have any of the problems with intonation (bad notes) that you find in cheap instruments. It is perfectly in tune all the way up the fretboard and all the chords sound just as they should. It's easy to hold and play, and is built to last.

Thanks and kudos to Musician's Friend for supplying such a high quality instrument at such competitive prices, and for keeping it available for so long.
Materials and workmanship are superb for a ukulele in this price range. The woods are first rate, the tuners are remarkable for the money, and the attention to detail is exquisite.
There is nothing to complain about with this quality. It has held up perfectly to daily use for five years and still looks and plays perfectly. It even sounds better!
A lot of players have been disappointed with ukes in this price range, but the OU5 has to be one of the best values in the ukulele world. I'm constantly amazed that this instrument can still be sold at a bargain price even five years later.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love the OU5.

By Josh A.

from Centerville, La. U. S. A.

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    I recently started playing Ukulele after playing electric and acoustic guitar and bass for 30 years. I stumbled upon "Ukulele Mike" online by accident and was hooked. I started with a Lanikai LU-21C which is pretty good but wanted something better to play also. I tried an eNueNue Lani II and it had dead spots, and poor tone so I sent it back for the OU5. The OU5 is very, very nice. It has a wonderful tone, plays very easily with no dead spots and the intonation is dead on like it should be. Not crazy about the high glossy finish on a Uke, but, it is an awesome Ukulele in looks, sound, playability, and construction. On a side note, it is perfectly normal to have to tune Ukulele's a lot with new strings because the strings are nylon and they stretch a lot, just like classical guitars with nylon strings, after that, they stay in tune. Just be patient at first, don't give up. Buy the OU5, I love mine.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good... but it has it's problems

    By GregLengel

    from Manteno, IL

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    Overall, I'm satisfied with this instrument. For the money, it plays, sounds, and looks as good as one can expect for an $100-200 range ukulele. Just remember, it is made of laminated wood (plywood). So, don't expect breathtaking tone. Pros: From a distance it looks stunning, it has decent playability, stays in tune, and sounds fairly nice. Cons: The workmanship (sloppy finish around the headstock, binding had marks from when it was fretted, nut was glued with a slight angle), and slight intonation problems. Overall, you are getting what you pay for. However, of the cheap ukes, this one looks and sounds far above average. I would recommend this for beginners. If you are looking to upgrade, save up and buy a solid wood ukulele.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Concert Uke

    By Cheryl Stolle

    from midwest

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    Beautiful instrument. Ready to play right out of the box, no adjustments. God tone and action. Upgrading the strings recommended.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A clarifiaction

    By Tim Smith

    from Northern NJ

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    You can find my original review a couple of pages down, but I thought I would clarify something for those new to the uke.This instrument is a 'Concert' size ukulele. There are four standard sizes of uke. The soprano is the tiny little one and the most common size that everyone mentions. Then there is the concert size (this one). It is not some weird size; it is a standard concert uke. After this there is the tenor size (which may have as many as eight strings), then the baritone size. The baritone is similar to a tenor guitar but with Nylon strings.Remember, the OU5 by Oscar Schmidt is a CONCERT ukulele, not a big soprano uke. Not a weird, out-of-place size. It's a concert uke, period. You need to order concert size strings, concert size cases, and concert size everything else.Peace and aloha!

    (5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    This Ukulele sucks

    By Bill V

    from NYC

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    Although it seems like it's made of quality, the G string feels like it's tuned way too high for the gauge of string and the A string will stay in tune for about two light strokes of a chord. If feels and sounds great for the price and I know ukuleles don't stay in tune for very long but I'm very disappointed at the tightness of the G string and the A string going out of tune almost immediately after playing a chord or two. 3 out of 10 is a generous rating from an experienced ukulele player that has purchased ukulele's for half the price that played much better. Purchase at your own risk or look it up on Amazon for half the price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice full sound, good deal

    By webwahine

    from Southwest

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    This is my first Uke and I love it. I tried it out along with 1 or 2 others at a local store but they were sold out when we went to buy. I joined a uke club and play it almost every night. It sounds great. Takes a few weeks for strings to start holding a tune for longer then an hour but I'm told that's normal by other uke players. I like the size and the sound really carries. It doesn't cramp my fingers but it's totally portable. I play all sorts of Hawaiian tunes on it from Iz to Makaha Sons and they sound amazing. The inlay on the front adds a nice touch.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Pretty Ukulele, But . . .

    By musicbeachdad

    from Southern California

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    I've played guitar for years and decided to get each of my kids a Ukulele for Christmas. Since one is a little older and a little more serious about music, I decided to spend a bit more on hers than on her younger brothers. The difference was night and day. The OU5 lacked the volume and rich tone that the Kala I bought for my daughter. In all fairness I did spend about fifty bucks more on the solid spruce top Kala, but the difference is night and day. So the Schmidt is going back. It was (is) a beautiful little instrument though. Hope this helps.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a deal!

    By Matthew Kon

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

    In my opinion, the BEST lower ukulele for a serious student of music. It'd even make a great touring ukulele
    Concert ukuleles give you great facets of both tenors and soprano ukuleles, and this one is remarkable.
    High quality for this price range. Wood and finish are superb, intonation is solid, and durable make.
    This much quality will make you feel like you're getting your money's worth. Easily the best valued musical instrument purchase I've made (and I've made a lot believe me)!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My 2nd purchase & I may do it again!

    By cabs

    from Ocean City, MD

    About Me Novice

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

      A daily pick me up & anyone who surrounds me. Used for self cheer & delighting oneself, consistent practice & sharing with others.
      Pretty, beautiful tone & tune. High quality craftmanship.
      Recommended on line by Ukelele Mike!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Tuning Not A Problem

      By SlimPickins

      from Glenwood Springs, CO

      Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

      I've had this ukulele for several week now and am quite pleased with it. Other reviewers mention problems with tuning. I personally don't think the problem is with the instrument, but with the strings. I also couldn't keep it in tune, but I have over 40 years of classical guitar experience and know that nylon strings can be a problem. If you pull out very hard on each string once you have it tuned, you will notice this stretching will detune the string. Keep doing this between playing for several days and the tuning problem should go away. Obviously if the problem hadn't gone away on my instrument then I would blame the tuners also, but I am convinced it is not the tuners. Over all I am very pleased with this beautiful instrument and would recommend it to others.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Oscar Shmidt OU5 Concert Koa

      By akimojo

      from San Jose, CA

      Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

      This was my first uke that I bought. It is a great starter uke! I would definitely recommend this one if you are seriously wanting to learn how to play but don't want to spend the money. The sound you get is not like any of the cheap ukes out there once you change to new strings. I used Aquila's which made it sound much brighter/fuller. It's worth every penny! If it doesn't sound good, you won't want to play.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Terrible buy at any price

      By Generations

      from Minneapolis MN

      Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

      After returning two of these because of bad intonation (you can't tune them)I called the rep and was told that they had a bad production and that any of these would have the same problem. I asked them why they don't do a recall on them and they had no answer for me. A terrible buy at any price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Garbage

      By Moose Malarkey

      from Buffalo NY

      Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

      I purchased this item as an instrument to record with. I had other ukulele's in the past and wanted an upgrade with a decent instrument. The amount of money attached to this uke is not worth the hassle you will have trying to keep it in tune. The scale of the neck should be EXACTLY 15 in. from the nut of the guitar to the bridge. On both models I received it was short short 1/8 of an inch. This may not seem like a lot to some, but to those who understand guitars will notice to be a major problem. This will affect the intonation and longevity of the strings. Yes, the uke will stay relatively in tune for the first five frets, however, if you were to hit any open string and then the twelfth fret of the same string, you should be able to notice a distinct difference in pitch. The uke was off by a half step! The second also had a dead fret on the 3rd string (E) 2nd fret. Stay away from this piece of garbage.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      beautiful but quiet

      By sweaters

      from seattle, wa

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • beautiful finish
      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong
      • sweet happy ukulele

      Cons

      • gets lost in a group
      • quiet/low volume

      Best Uses

      • playing with one or two others
      • Practicing

      Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

      the OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele is a gorgeous ukulele but it is very quiet. it has a sweet sound and does just fine holding her own while played alone or in a group of two but really gets lost in a bigger group. i played her last night in a group of five and really struggled to find her voice.

      this is my fourth uke and my first oscar schmidt.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply great for the money

      By Odie

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

        Great for beginners and experienced musicians. Beautiful in appearance, stayed in tune well after the strings finished stretching. Nice tone.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Problems with intonation

        By IwantAgoodUke

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

        I really wanted to like this uke. It looked good and played well. However, I had problems with the intonation. I had it for about a week and used an electric tuner every time I tuned it up. No matter how exact I was in tuning the open strings though, once I played a chord they would be slightly off. This to me is crucial. I'm not a pro uke player or anything but I do expect my instruments to tune properly. I ended up sending it back and am now looking for a replacement.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Ukulele

        By Dougie

        from Bon Air, Va 23235

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

        I own 3 Ukes and this is the best. Always in tune, well made and aguitar like sound. Excellent for all kinds of music.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        A nice facsimile of a real uke

        By Ukulele Lover

        from So Cal

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

        This uke is laminate and very pretty. It's pretty well appointed--fret markers, etc. Intonation: good. The bad thing about it is that it projects not at all compared to a real all-wood uke, and its tone is muted. It looks nice, but does not deliver in sound. A real uke throws sound and tone forward. A real uke shows the phenomenon of luthierie: thin, resonant woods throwing an aggressive sound. This uke does not reach that--not even close--but it does look nice.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A real nice uku at a great price....

        By Uku Boy

        from NYC, NY

        Comments about Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Koa Ukulele:

        The sound and action of this instrument is great for the price. I have other ukuleles and now I am sold on the OU5 model. I have the baritone OU5, too. This instrument has such a nice and warm tone to it. Well worth the additional money. I am not kidding....you will NOT be disappointed with this instrument.

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