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Soprano size with a choice of unique painted finishes.

The Mahalo U-30 Painted Ukulele adds a new layer of fun to an already enjoyable instrument. Available in a choice of painted finishes, each value-packed U-30 comes with its own gig bag for easy and safe transportation to the Beach or the weekly lesson.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Body Type: Soprano
  • Body Wood: Maple
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Scale Length: 13.6
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Fretboard: Painted Maple
  • # frets: 12
  • Bridge: Maple
  • Tuners: Geared Guitar Style
  • Hardware color: Nickel
  • Finish: Painted
  • Includes a gig bag
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MahaloU-40 Painted Ukulele
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (13)
    • Back-up (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Got this for my daughter, will be getting one for me!

    This little Uke is killer for the money. Like I said, the strings are crap, the tuners are cheap-but outside that, it's ace all-around.

    I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to...Read complete review

    This little Uke is killer for the money. Like I said, the strings are crap, the tuners are cheap-but outside that, it's ace all-around.

    I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to ANYONE who wants to get started in Uke playing, OR to anyone with young kids they want to teach about instruments-this gives them a child size instrument (it's about the size of a parlour guitar on my daughter) to take care of, clean, and care for, keep tuned, and all that. AND, if they neglect it, you've only lost going to Starbucks for a couple of weeks. Nothing major, so, it's not such a heartbreak.

    I will be ordering a second one (for me-I'm going to get the Smiley Face and "Watchmen" it out-my daughter's got the Starry paintjob) as a backup to my Iby Uke.
    For a basic little Uke, this thing's pretty decent. I mean, the strings are pretty crap, and the tuners are cheap-but other than that, it's made soild, and it's got a nice feeling neck to it.

    They don't tell you in the description, but it DOES come with a cheap little Bottom-Load gigbag (I hate those, personally-they knock your gear out of tune).
    It plays solid. It sounds solid. It's made pretty darn solid, too! My daughter accidentally stepped on hers last night-she weighs about 40lbs. No problem. Now, I'm not saying you should jump up and down on this-it's a Ukulele, not a bouncy fun house.
    I cannot think of a better Uke for the money. This one LOOKS good, it SOUNDS good, it PLAYS good, and it's a great price.

    My PERSONAL Uke is an Ibanez UKS10 (not top of the line, but a GREAT little Uke-it's also twice the cost of this one), and I'd stack this one up against it any day.

    For the price, this could make a decent toss-in-your-car-to-play-in-traffic-jams instrument, a nice thing to throw in the backpack, or, like what I did, a GREAT way to introduce young kids to stringed instruments without breaking the bank!

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    Ukepatookie

    I have ordered a couple dozen instruments from MF. This uke is cute, and paint colors as advertised. However, I find lots of irregularities in the paint job (noticeable...Read complete review

    I have ordered a couple dozen instruments from MF. This uke is cute, and paint colors as advertised. However, I find lots of irregularities in the paint job (noticeable "chips", paint moved, missed paint spots--I think because of the flag pattern--used a stencil or something), and for some reason, this instrument just won't stay in tune. I'm assuming it's something with the synthetic strings... going to give it a couple more months of use and time to stretch, etc, but find it out of the ordinary for MF instruments to be like this.

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    3.0

    Ukepatookie

    By paloozaparty

    from Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • All In One Piece

    Cons

    • Irregular Paint Job
    • Keeps Going Out Of Tune
    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

    • Beginner

    Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

    I have ordered a couple dozen instruments from MF. This uke is cute, and paint colors as advertised. However, I find lots of irregularities in the paint job (noticeable "chips", paint moved, missed paint spots--I think because of the flag pattern--used a stencil or something), and for some reason, this instrument just won't stay in tune. I'm assuming it's something with the synthetic strings... going to give it a couple more months of use and time to stretch, etc, but find it out of the ordinary for MF instruments to be like this.

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    4.0

    Good item for price

    By jseaux

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Great For Little Fingers
    • Great price
    • Lightweight
    • Sturdy Design

    Cons

    • Poor String Quality
    • Tone Not Fantastic

    Best Uses

    • Beginners
    • Practicing

    Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

    Sturdy and lightweight design that is great for little fingers just learning to hold and strum. Great picture quality. We ordered the signs of the zodiac. The tone is OK but easily comes out of tune and it is a constant tune process. Yes the strings stretch out, but it has been weeks now and this is just because of the poor string quality. Overall, a very nice piece of equipment, great price and my children love it and enjoy hearing the tunes they can produce.

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    5.0

    Gr8

    By Sander

    from Lake County, Florida

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Untunes Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

    Sounds great, but can untune quickly.

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    4.0

    Great Deal

    By None

    from Middle Georgia

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

      I bought the U-40 so I could learn to play and sit around picking in the evening.

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      4.0

      Smile painted uke is a great deal!

      By Captain Kangaroo

      from Cleveland Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

          This uke's visual appeal is obvious. The strings that are on it are playable but most people will be happier with a string change right away. The finish is really shoddy. There are paint runs in one area and the wood sealer chipped off in another area. (They painted over it anyway.) So, don't expect total perfection. The frets are even, smooth and nice and the tuners are more than reliable. I HATE this line when others use it BUT... For this price, I love it.
          It's the perfect uke for a student or starter.

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          4.0

          nice cool instrument

          By soncien

          from chicago il

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

            sounds ok with a new set of aquilas ,not bad for an entry level player.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great buy!

            By Marko

            from Cincy

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Good Tone
            • Pretty

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

                After the strings settled this little thing stayed in tune and was fun to play. What more could one want?

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Cute little instrument

                By Baba Fats

                from Philadelphia

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Decent Tone
                • Fun to play
                • Good Tone
                • Hilarious

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Just For Fun
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

                  I have an Oscar Schmidt long scale uke that I use for my normal, every day playing. But I wanted something that I wouldn't mind taking out to festivals and in all sorts of weather. When I saw this, I couldn't help myself. It was the most adorable thing I've seen in a while. And it was cheap. I figured it would be perfect for taking out to places that I may not want to take my good uke.
                  The tone isn't outstanding, but for the price it's better than I'd expect. Frets are smooth and intonation is good. The finish is consistent and bright. Tuners are good and stay in tune well.
                  People have complained about it not staying in tune, but they just don't know about how stringed instruments need to stretch. Out of the box, it doesn't stay in tune. But stringing it 1 whole step sharp for 2 days, it now stays in tune great. Look up how to stretch nylon strings, and you won't have any trouble.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  SMILE SPREADER

                  By UkePartyGal

                  from Isle of Palms, SC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Cute As A Button

                  Cons

                  • Not Everyone Has One -yet

                  Best Uses

                  • Cheering Up
                  • Delighting The Masses
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

                  Like all of the Mahalo painted ukes at this price point, this little beauty is a real instrument. While you won't get the quality sound of a finer instrument, the Mahalo painted ukes are solidly built and are perfect for anyone who is not able or ready to put a lot of cash down for a ukulele. These would be good in schools etc too. I bought mine purely for the smily-face-happiness-factor and it does not disappoint! After it came, I just had to buy a few more to give out as gifts! Don't be discouraged that initially you have to tune and retune the strings. They will eventually stretch out and only need tweaking like any other stringed instrument. My advice: If you like being happy and spreading joy to others, buy this ukulele! You can learn how to play when you get it :)

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                  4.0

                  Fun UKE!

                  By Dogman

                  from Portland, ME

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Sounds great
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • Strings Not Great

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Mahalo U-40 Painted Ukulele:

                  Bought for my wife for a Christmas gift. Sweet tones! Strings won't stay in tune (Swapped em' out)

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