A list of my many ukulele reviews, together with those for uke apps, music, gear and accessories.
If you have an instrument or product that you would like me to review, then GET IN TOUCH. Bear in mind, all my reviews are COMPLETELY IMPARTIAL and I don't do paid reviews, or good scores for free instruments (many sites do, not me). And also not those dreaded 'uke reviews' sites which have just used Amazon reviews hoping you will click and earn them affiliate revenues, or reviews from stores that have a vested interest to plug what they are selling - these are real reviews! Sorry to go on about that, but some people do like to claim that I work for a uke brand or a uke shop - I really DO NOT! Each review will state where the uke was from and whether they were loaned to test or I bought them myself. I try to keep suppliers balanced and the amount I review that are bought vs loaned balanced too.
You will note that the instrument reviews below are scored - a quick word on the scoring system.Perhaps they will cause controversy or debate - who knows. Remember this though - reviews and scores are a personal thing. I am not telling you my scoring is right, or that if you have a different opinion, you are wrong. They are just MY opinions of the ukes I play with the style I play. There would be little point in me writing reviews based on what other people think.
The scores are also unchanged from the date they were written - I do not go back and re-write scores, but my opinions often change. They are a snapshot of the feelings I had when I wrote them. I realise that can create some disparity but bear that in mind. (obviously six years ago I had different takes on things, different exposure etc)
Certain brands may be missing, but don't read anything into that - it just means I haven't had a chance to review them yet!
Looks - how the ukulele looks to me. Not concerned with finish or faults - just how it grabs me to the eye. Entirely personal!
Fit and finish - ignoring whether I like the looks - how is it built - how is the finish or paint, are the frets smooth, what is the action and intonation like, how are the tuners? - you get the drill.. Doesn't matter if it's a cheap uke or expensive - if the finish is bad, it gets a low score (cheap ukes can build points in the value for money section and likewise, well finished ukes that are over priced will score lower there)
Sound - how it sounds to my ears with my style of playing, with the preferred strings I have settled on.
Value for money - what it says on the tin - all things considered, how suitable is this for the money in your pocket.
Anyway - I hope that helps and provides a bit more balance to the reviews!
You may also find this video helpful! All those ukes featured in the video are reviewed below!
Oh, and please - don't get too bothered if you disagree with a review - these are just one mans opinion. If you have the same uke and love it, then that is cool too... naturally.
Ukuleles £0 - £50 at time of review
ALIC SOPRANO Uke - 7.8 out of 10
CLIFTON - LIDL - UKULELE SOPRANO KIT- 6 out of 10
HARLEY BENTON HBUK-11NT SOPRANO - 5.5 out of 10
KORALA EXPLORE - ABS PLASTIC CONCERT ukulele - 8 out of 10
MAKALA DOLPHIN ukulele - plastic back edition - 7.9 out of 10
MAKALA WATERMAN SOPRANO - 8.6 out of 10
MAHALO FLYING V UKULELE - 4 out of 10
OCTOPUS SOPRANO - 8.4 out of 10
READY ACE SOPRANO - 0 out of 10
SCHOENHUT OAK MAHOGANY - 6.3 out of 10
STAGG US10 Soprano - 6 out of 10
WOODI SOPRANO - 8 out of 10
Ukuleles £50- £100 at time of review
BATON ROUGE V2C SUN Concert uke - 8.9 out of 10
BUGSGEAR AQULELE - 6.6 out of 10
ELEUKE PEANUT - 5.8 out of 10
iUke PICCOLO MINI UKULELE - 7.9 out of 10
KALA KA-S Soprano - COMING SOON!
KAUAI KUC-70B ukulele - 8.1 out of 10
LANIKAI LU21 - COMING SOON!
MOSELELE BAMBOOKULELE Concert - 8.5 out of 10
OHANA SK-10S - COMING SOON!
OZARK 2035 Banjolele - Initial review 8 out of 10
SNAIL UKS-220 Rosewood Soprano - 8.9 out of 10
SOUTHERN UKULELE STORE (ARIA) ALL SOLID Concert - 8.6 out of 10
Ukuleles £100 - £200 at time of review
ANTONIO LEMEZ CANARIAN TIMPLE - 7.8 out of 10
BRÜKO No.6 SOPRANO UKULELE - 8.6 out of 10
BRUKO Black slimline soprano ukulele - 8 out of 10
BRÜKO No 9 TENOR - 8.5 out of 10
BUZZARDS FIELD AFAN Uke Bass - 8.8 out of 10
CLOUD MUSIC HM12 Concert ukulele - 8.8 out of 10
ELEUKE SC100PHP - 7.1 out of 10
FLEA Ukulele - From the Magic Fluke Company - 8.4 out of 10
FLUKE Ukulele - 8.4 out of 10
JOHN DANIEL PIXIE SOPRANINO - 8.8 out of 10
LANI LC-55MOCEQ Electro Concert - 7.9 out of 10
LANIKAI LUTU-21C Tuna Uke - 8.4 out of 10
MAINLAND MAHOGANY CONCERT ukulele - 8.3 out of 10
MOSELELE SOLID ELECTRO CONCERT BAMBOOKULELE - 8.6 out of 10
NOAH MONKEYPOD TENOR ukulele - 8.5 out of 10
NOAH MAHOGANY CONCERT - 8.6 out of 10
NOAH Campanella Uke - 8.1 out of 10
OHANA SK-25 SOPRANO - 8.6 out of 10
OMEGA ZEDRO II CONCERT Uke - 8.9 out of 10
PUKA PK PHC Concert - 8.3 out of 10
RIPTIDE EUC-5NS Electro Concert 8.8 out of 10
RISA UKE-SOLID electric ukulele- 8.3 out of 10
VOX UKELECTRIC - COMING SOON!
Ukuleles £200 - £500 at time of review
BARNES AND MULLINS CALTHORPE Electro Concert 8 out of 10
BIG ISLAND TRADITIONAL KOA CONCERT review - 9.3 out of 10
ISLANDER MST-4 TENOR - 8.4 out of 10
KALA ASAC-TE/C Electro Tenor - 8.9 out of 10
KALA KA-RES-CHR Tenor Resonator Uke - 8.3 out of 10
KAMOA E3E BASS UKULELE - 8.5 out of 10
KIWAYA KS5 SOPRANO - 9.1 out of 10
KOALOHA PIKAKE SOPRANO ukulele review - 9 out of 10
KREMONA COCO TENOR - 9 out of 10
MAGIC FLUKE FIREFLY BANJO UKULELE Review - 8 out if 10
MARTIN T1K TENOR UKULELE - 8.9 out of 10
OHANA TK-35G-5 5 STRING TENOR 8.5 out of 10
OHANA TKS-15E electro tenor - 7.5 out of 10
PONO MB-e Baritone - 9 out of 10
PONO MHC PRO CLASSIC Concert ukulele review - 9 out of 10
PONO MTD-E ELECTRO ACOUSTIC TENOR 9.1 out of 10
PSI S-LEO II TENOR - 8.1 out of 10
WUNDERKAMMER IKE SOPRANO - 9 out of 10
Ukuleles £500 plus
GODIN MULTIUKE Tenor electro - 9 out of 10
KANILE'A K-1 TENOR - ukulele review - 9.3 out of 10
TINGUITAR CUSTOM SOLID TENOR - top marks!
LONG TERM UKULELE TESTS and OTHER FEATURES
Fluke Ukulele two years on
Kanile'a K1 Tenor nearly 18 months on
Makala Dolphin Soprano - nearly three years on
Koaloha Pikake Soprano nearly two years on
A look at the Ohana Ukuleles development process
Schoenhut long term test - in summary - AWFUL!
UKULELE ACCESSORY REVIEWS
UKE LEASH - my review of the Uke Leash Half Strap
VOLCAPO - my review of the volcapo ukulele capo
KALA KC02 Clip On Tuner
SNARK - my review of the Snark ukulele clip on tuner
UKESTAR STRAPS - nice funky looking uke straps
PETERSON STROBOCLIP TUNER - supreme accuracy!
UKE LEASH GUITAR STYLE STRAP
TOM AND WILL UK66C UKULELE GIG BAG
GREAT ASWEGO FATBOY KAZOO - first class product!
PUB PROP Ukulele hanger
NEOTECH Ukulele Strap
MOBIUS Ukulele Strap
FUSION PREMIUM TENOR UKULELE GIG BAG
FLAMING FORMBY HABANERO HOT SAUCE
FISHMAN AG 094 Ukulele Pickup
ROLAND MOBILE CUBE Amplifier
UKULELE HANGERS paracord wall hangers
KALA UKE CRAZY Alligator finish Tenor case
TGI ABS Hard Ukulele Case
FISHMAN PRO EQ II Pre amp box
Round up of Ukulele tuning devices
LR Baggs Venue DI
CLEARWATER / AROMA FOLDING UKULELE STAND
UKULELE APPS AND SOFTWARE
Tun-D iPhone ukulele tuner
UkuChords - iPhone ukulele chord app
Ukulele Tabs - iPhone
Strobe Tuner Pro App - iPhone and iPad
UKULELE MUSIC, BOOKS and FILM
Bosko and Honey Present - Ukulele Safari Volume 1 CD
Chonkinfeckle - I'm From Wigan Me - CD
Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs - CD
Introducing... The Paul Hemmings Uketet - CD
Mighty Uke - DVD
Rae Carter - Pathetic (But He's Fun) - CD
Tricity Vogue - The Blue Lady Sings
Manitoba Hal - Flirting With Mermaids CD
Ukulele Exercises For Dummies - Brett McQueen
The Anything Goes Orchestra - Mr Otis Regrets CD review
The pUKEs - Too Drunk To Pluck CD review
Get Plucky With The Ukulele - Will Grove-White
UkePunk - Punk Police CD
Phil Doleman - Old Is The New New CD
Ukulele Handbook For Beginners - Aaron and Nicole Keim
Gerald: A Ukulele Adventure - Jake Smithies and Nicole Ramsden
Music Roundup - Manitoba Hal, Ben Rouse, Ric McCormick, Jono and The Uke Dealers
D'Addario Pro-Arté J71 Tenor strings D'addario T2 Titanium Tenor strings
D'addario T2 Titanium Tenor strings
Living Water Strings
La Bella Uke-Pro strings
Aquila Lava Strings