Best Ukulele Brands

Best Ukulele Brands

The ukulele is a charming, little instrument from Hawaii, but with Portuguese ancestry, which has captured the hearts of many people worldwide.

With more and more people interested in the ukulele, we felt it necessary to do a post listing the best ukulele brands out there to help guide you in finding the best uke for you, whether at the entry or expert level.

  1. Lohanu

Lohanu is Canadian, a top-tier ukulele brand. The name Lohanu is derived from 3 words: love (first two letters), ohana (Hawaiian word for community and family), and unity (first two letters spelled backward).

Lohanu’s ukuleles and their accessories come with an unconditional lifetime warranty, which is testament of the brand’s commitment to customer service.

If you are a beginner, you will appreciate Lohanu’s free beginner videos that will help you get the hang of your new ukulele

This concert size bundle is a good example of a quality Lohanu product. With over two thousand customer reviews, this ukulele bundle has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars.

  1. Cordoba

Cordoba is renowned for its nylon stringed instruments, particularly guitars. They seek to blend traditional craftsmanship with modern developments to make lightweight, responsive guitars.

The brand has brought that knowledge and passion for guitars to the ukulele space to expertly craft ukuleles using premium materials. Their ukuleles come in a broad range of sizes and tonewoods.

The Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele is a well-regarded Cordoba ukulele: it has a mahogany top, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany finish. It produces a full, rich sound

  1. Kala

Other than the ukulele, the Kala brand also deals in other string instruments like the guitar and the u-bass. It also sells accessories like ukulele strings, banjo strings, guitar strings straps, tuners, polishing kits, and so forth.

Their ukuleles are available in a variety of styles, finishes, and woods: mahogany, walnut, bocote, stripped ebony, ziricote, koa, cedar, flame maple, and many others.

Kala ukuleles are quite popular thanks to the brand’s ability to cater for most tastes and needs. For instance, they have standard as well as innovative ukulele designs. They also provide both affordable instruments and high-end ones.

This mahogany soprano kala ukulele consists of Aquila string, open gear tuners, and Graph Tech Nubone nut and saddle. You also get a tote-bag with a Kala logo, a 16-page guidebook on how to use the ukulele, and access to free online lessons.

  1. Caramel

The Caramel brand is fully focused on the ukulele market, and their diverse variety of ukuleles is a testament of their commitment to this instrument. They have zebrawood ukuleles, mahogany, electric, travel, solid, high gloss, and acacia ukuleles.

Their ukuleles come in different sizes. If you want something small, they have sopranos as well as sopraninos. They also have tenor and concert ukuleles.

A good example of their merchandise is the Caramel CC102A Concert Ukulele with its zebrawood body, Aquila string, and buffalo bone nut and saddle.

  1. Oscar Schmidt

Oscar Schmidt is an old company which has been around since the 1800s. By the early 1900s, Oscar Schmidt had five factories in Europe and one in Jersey City in New Jersey, US. They specialized in a variety of stringed instruments, which included banjos, guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, zithers, and autoharps.

Their ukuleles are usually made abroad, for instance China or Indonesia, but inspected and adjusted in the US by skilled technicians. They aim for smooth fret ends and resonant sound quality.

The Oscar Schmidt OU2 Concert ukulele has a mahogany body, geared chrome tuners, and bound mahogany neck.

  1. Donner

Donner is a relatively young company – founded in 2012. It has had success with its mini pedals. With its focus on researching, manufacturing, and marketing musical instruments, the company has been able to make ukuleles that musicians and listeners alike can cherish.

With its strong R&D culture, Donner makes innovative instruments, which is why it’s revered by professional musicians.

For instance, this Donner Concert Ukulele has a mahogany body with four advanced carbon nylon string, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, patented chrome-plated guitar style tuners, and 18 brass frets.

  1. Mahalo

Fittingly, “mahalo” is a Hawaiian word which means thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, regards, or respects. If you are a beginner at playing the ukulele, the Mahalo brand is a great first choice for you as they provide superb entry level ukes.

With a focus on quality management through strict inspection of every procedure during the production process, Mahalo makes quality and affordable ukuleles that many have touted as the best choice for a first ukulele.

The Mahalo MR1BK is a good example of a great entry-level ukulele.

  1. Lanikai

Lanikai has specialized in the ukulele and has a broad range of available tonewoods, premium features, and sizes, each meant to cater for different musicians’ tastes or requirements.

The great thing about their ukuleles is that these are genuine Hawaiian ukes since the company is located in Oahu, a Hawaiian island. Their ukes are beautifully handcrafted models. Though their prices are higher than some other manufacturers, their products are worth it.

Take a look at this Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele. It has an all-nato body, a rosewood fingerboard, 12 frets, is easy to play, and produces a warm, sweet sound.

  1. Sawtooth
    The Sawtooth brand deals in a range of instruments, and not just stringed ones. These include guitars, basses, amps, ukuleles, harmonicas, pianos, violins, cajons, drums, djembes, percussion, and so forth.

Like Lanikai ukes, Sawtooth ukuleles are excellent for beginner players. Where ukes are concerned, the brand is mostly known for its entry-level ukuleles.

The Sawtooth ST-UKE-MS-KIT-1 Soprano Ukulele consists of mahogany top, back sides, and neck, a rosewood bridged and fingerboard, geared tuning keys, Aquila strings, natural satin finish, and it has 15 frets.

  1. Fender

The Fender brand has been making electric and acoustic-electric guitars for many years. They have extended that experience and knowledge to the making of ukuleles – including electric ukes.

Their instruments are distinguished by their quality, playability, signature headstocks, attractive finishes, and superb craftsmanship.

The Fender Tenor Hau’oli Ukulele consists of a laminated mahogany top, back, and sides, rosewood bridge, mahogany neck, scalloped fan bracing, and acrylic abalone rosette.

 Conclusion

The above are the ten best ukulele brands in the market. With the diversity on this list, it’s impossible for you to not find a ukulele that seems specially made for you. Consider the information we have provided here about the brands and sort them out according to your particular taste or requirements, decide which you like, and then make a purchase.