- There seems to be a wide range in Uke’s when it comes to price. Now I understand the basics of consumership and agree we get what we pay for. However, is there anything wrong with spending somewhere closer to $60-$100 for my first Uke versus the $150-$300 you and others have talked about? Is the difference in quality substantial?
Here’s a few of the inexpensive models I’ve been looking at and plan on going to see again in just about an hour. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ukuleles-Folk---Traditional-Stringed-Instruments.gc?extup=50-100&ipp=25&esid=Ukulele
I was kind of pulling $150 out of the air because I was thinking about what I paid for my first ukulele, which was a Lanikai tenor. I think that’s pretty close price estimate for a decent tenor (though I’m sure you could find one for a few bucks less). The ones you linked to were concert and soprano ukuleles mainly, which are a little smaller and typically a little less expensive. I think many would work for a first ukulele for sure - I still love my Lanikai, and use it regularly. It’s one of the best uses I ever put $150 to So I can vouch for the brand at least, but that said it would be best if you had a store nearby where you could strum around on a few and see what you like. Even if you don’t know how to play you’ll have some opinion of what sounds and feels better, regardless of price. I don’t think I would go much less than $60 as a general rule, since then you’d likely get into intonation and tuning problems that would plague any attempts at recording.
Definitely try playing a soprano before buying - those are very small and don’t work with my fat fingers at least. I do okay on a concert size, though.
@Leatherwing - I didn’t mean to compare a solid wood guitar with a laminate uke - of course there’s no comparison! What I was (poorly) trying to say was that as a general rule quality, playable laminate ukuleles are much cheaper than their quality, playable laminate guitar equivalents, and same with solid wood ukes vs solid wood guitars. You can get, say, a Kala all solid mahogany tenor for $260, which is an instrument that would keep you for a long long time, compared to all solid wood guitars starting at about a grand.
I definitely agree as primarily a guitar player that a guitar has greater depth, range, and can be more satisfying and versatile. However, the light, airy sound of ukuleles can border on the sublime, and I will say that there were a few “Big K” models, and even cheaper Pono models, that I’ve played in shops in Hawai’i that were just fantastic.
Oh, and I agree, the capo is your friend
Also, one thing that pops into my mind is that you’d need either a pickup or a mic + interface of some sort to record any stringed instrument. MusicBox, do you have a setup for that are are you purely keys at this point? Because that opens up a whole new can of worms…