UKULELE REVIEWS

A collated list of my various ukulele reviews, together with those for apps, music 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).

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.

Looks - how the ukulele looks to me. Not concerned with finish or faults - just how it grabs me to the eye.

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 - 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!

And I provide an overall average.



MAINLAND MAHOGANY CONCERT ukulele - With Slotted Headstock - beautiful solid wood instrument - 8.3 out of 10

FLEA Ukulele - From the Magic Fluke Company - plastic backed goodness! - 8.4 out of 10

FLUKE Ukulele - from the Magic Fluke Co - the big brother! - 8.4 out of 10

BRUKO Black slimline soprano ukulele - super cool looking travel uke - 8 out of 10

MAKALA DOLPHIN ukulele - plastic back edition - cheap but very very cheerful 7.9 out of 10

OZARK 2035 Banjolele - Initial review 8 out of 10

ELEUKE SC100PHP - Kerrannnngggg! electric ukulele - 7.1 out of 10

Review of sound quality - cheap ukes vs pricey models

KANILE'A K-1 TENOR - ukulele review - 9.3 out of 10

KAUAI KUC-70B ukulele review - 8.1 out of 10

KOALOHA PIKAKE SOPRANO ukulele review - 9 out of 10

PONO MHC PRO CLASSIC Concert ukulele review - 9 out of 10

CLIFTON - LIDL - UKULELE SOPRANO KIT review - 6 out of 10

ANTONIO LEMEZ CANARIAN TIMPLE review - 7.8 out of 10

MAGIC FLUKE FIREFLY BANJO UKULELE Review - 8 out if 10

BRÜKO No.6 SOPRANO UKULELE review - 8.6 out of 10

BIG ISLAND TRADITIONAL KOA CONCERT review - 9.3 out of 10

RISA UKE-SOLID electric ukulele review - 8.3 out of 10

ISLANDER MST-4 TENOR - 8.4 out of 10

HARLEY BENTON HBUK-11NT SOPRANO - 5.5 out of 10

MARTIN T1K TENOR UKULELE - 8.9 out of 10

OHANA SK-25 SOPRANO  - 8.6 out of 10

PUKA PK PHC Concert  - 8.3 out of 10

ELEUKE PEANUT - 5.8 out of 10

KIWAYA KS5 SOPRANO - 9.1 out of 10

KALA ASAC-TE/C Electro Tenor - 8.9 out of 10

RIPTIDE EUC-5NS Electro Concert 8.8 out of 10

BARNES AND MULLINS CALTHORPE Electro Concert 8 out of 10

SOUTHERN UKULELE STORE ALL SOLID Concert review 8.6 out of 10

OHANA TK-35G-5 5 STRING TENOR  8.5 out of 10

PONO MTD-E ELECTRO ACOUSTIC TENOR 9.1 out of 10

GODIN MULTIUKE Tenor electro - 9 out of 10

MOSELELE BAMBOOKULELE Concert - 8.5 out of 10

MAHALO FLYING V UKULELE - 4 out of 10

NOAH MONKEYPOD TENOR ukulele - 8.5 out of 10

KORALA EXPLORE - ABS PLASTIC CONCERT ukulele - 8 out of 10

JOHN DANIEL PIXIE SOPRANINO - 8.8 out of 10

NOAH MAHOGANY CONCERT - 8.6 out of 10

OHANA TKS-15E electro tenor - 7.5 out of 10

READY ACE SOPRANO - 0 out of 10

KREMONA COCO TENOR - 9 out of 10

SCHOENHUT OAK MAHOGANY - 6.3 out of 10

LANIKAI LUTU-21C Tuna Uke - 8.4 out of 10

OCTOPUS SOPRANO - 8.4 out of 10

BUGSGEAR AQULELE - 6.6 out of 10

BRÜKO No 9 TENOR - 8.5 out of 10 

WOODI SOPRANO - 8 out of 10

iUke PICCOLO MINI UKULELE  - 7.9 out of 10

KAMOA E3E BASS UKULELE - 8.5 out of 10

BATON ROUGE V2C SUN Concert uke - 8.9 out of 10

BUZZARDS FIELD AFAN Uke Bass - 8.8 out of 10

CLOUD MUSIC HM12 Concert ukulele - 8.8 out of 10

NOAH Campanella Uke - 8.1 out of 10

KALA KA-RES-CHR Tenor Resonator Uke - 8.3 out of 10



LONG TERM 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

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





UKULELE APPS AND SOFTWARE

Tun-D iPhone ukulele tuner

UkuChords - iPhone ukulele chord app

Ukulele Tabs - iPhone

Strobe Tuner Pro App - iPhone and iPad



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 


STRINGS

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





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4 comments:

Beergut 100 said...

I have been using a great tuner for Android (don't know if there's an iPhone version), called DaTuner. It is a chromatic tuner which is remarkably easy to use and very accurate. The free version is great, but there is also a paid version with more bells and whistles.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard a banjo ukulele by a company called Broadway or a company with a model called broadway. It looks very old. the back is from a good quality wood with RKO radio shapes cut out.

Anonymous said...

has anyone trid chineese hanknn ukes they are all solid woods (exotic) and look tasty but no reviews

Anonymous said...

Hiya,
Do you know where I could purchase a hard case for a matching pair of concert uke's ?
Thanks
Mick

Sorry had to put ID as anonymous as I don't know how this works
my email address is digelsa@talk21.com

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