There is plenty of tradition and history surrounding the ukulele. Synonymous with Hawaii, ukuleles first appeared in Hawaii in the 1800s and found a unique home throughout traditional Hawaiian music, as well as popular music in general. In fact, ukes are experiencing a renascence in recent years, with artists such as Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer and Jason Mraz all incorporating the instrument into their live shows and recorded material. With its increased popularity and versatility, the ukulele is a great starting point for any musician. Easy to learn the basics of, the ukulele can also provide plenty of challenge, as well as joy, for as long as you want to strum it.
Musician’s Friend offers a wide variety of ukuleles for sale, from beginner ukes to high-end instruments that will lead to a lifetime of enjoyment. When you begin your search for the perfect uke, whether you’re looking for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, you'll want to keep a few things in mind in order to get the best ukulele for your needs.
There are four main ukulele sizes. The soprano ukulele is the smallest and features a high pitch. The concert ukulele is easy to play and has a versatile, mid-range tone. The tenor ukulele offers a deeper tone and is slightly larger than the concert uke. The baritone ukulele features the deepest tone and has a distinct tuning. Each of these ukulele sizes offers a distinct tone, so taking the time to listen to a few examples of each can go a long way in determining which instrument is going to be ideal for you. Musician’s Friend offers ukuleles from the best brands, including ukuleles from Kala, Luna, Lanikai, Mahalo, Cordoba, Martin and more, so there are plenty of high-quality uke options from which to choose.
Unique Ukulele Sizes
Of course, there are also unique variations on ukuleles available here, from pineapple ukuleles to the banjolele, which, as the name suggests, combines the best characteristics of the banjo and the ukulele into one exciting new instrument.
Truth be told, whichever style or size ukulele you choose, you're going to be pleased with the results. These instruments are made for performers of all skill levels and walks of life. They are rich with tones that evoke the rolling waves of the ocean hitting the beach on a warm summer day. A great addition to any collection of musical instruments, there's no reason not to own one of these instruments. Need more info? Check out our guide to choosing the right ukulele and finding the right ukulele strings.