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4 Mar 2021

Impartiality of Ukulele Reviews and the dreaded talk of money...

Just posting this here for reference. I have blogged on this topic before, but there you go. Impartiality of reviews and the subject of money and funding.

ukulele reviews funding

I put this up 'under the radar' on YouTube last night as not an easy subject to go with. But the responses were lovely, so sharing it here. As I say, have talked about this before, but I was prompted to re-iterate the impartiality point for a few reasons.. namely..

1. One too many comments in last week suggesting I live in a house with hundreds (if not more) free ukuleles. I don't...

2. An increase in discussions online about brands that give free ukes away in return for favourable reviews. I got involved in one such discussion and one of the brands (who shall remain nameless, but we all know the sort they are) private messaged me to say they were not happy. Not happy? Try NOT giving product away in return for reviews!! These brands will never get me that way and if I review one I will have bought it. Yet... seems I am guilty by association.. This is what the concept does. It makes people suspicious of ANY review.

3. A comment, not aimed at me or even on a post of mine, but by a person who had taken flak for reviewing a said 'free uke' who responded with 'Baz gets free ukes all the time'. No, no, I don't... Please don't lump me in with that crowd.

The comments on the video when it went up were very kind, and yes I should rise above (and no, it's not getting me down!!) - but... it still needs to be repeated..

Also - most importantly, wanted to say a BIG thanks to the people who DO help fund the site and keep it going - and they are nothing to with the brands - the readers!

Anyway - here you go...


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3 Mar 2021

Ukulele Effects - a Got A Ukulele guide

Following on from my push to feature more ukulele accessories on the site, and the recent (ish) review of an amplifier, this got me thinking about another very common question I get from electric ukulele players (or the electro curious). What effects pedals do you recommend?

ukulele effects pedal board

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28 Feb 2021

Maestro UT-MR Tenor Ukulele - REVIEW

A first for this brand on the Got A Ukulele reviews, and one I have been itching to write about since it arrived. This is the Maestro UT-MR Tenor ukulele.

Maestro UT-MR Tenor Ukulele

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24 Feb 2021

Removable Ukulele Pickups - REVIEW

Here's a ukulele topic I have been to revisit for some time as I get asked about them so much. Are removable ukulele pickups any good?

external ukulele pickups

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21 Feb 2021

Noah 8 String Concert Ukulele - REVIEW

It's always an enjoyable ukulele review day when a model from Noah ukuleles comes my way. And this is a first for me in this flavour. This is the Noah 8 string Concert Ukulele.

Noah 8 string concert ukulele

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19 Feb 2021

Boss Katana Mini Amplifier - REVIEW

A quick diversion from ukuleles on Got A Ukulele today to bring you an amplifier review. This is the Boss Katana Mini.

Boss Katana Mini Ukulele Amplifier

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14 Feb 2021

Cort UKE-BWS Soprano Ukulele - REVIEW

Regular readers will know that I am a sucker for a traditional looking soprano ukulele - it's just my thing. So when I saw this one for sale I had to grab it for a review. This is the Cort UKE-BWS Soprano.

Cort UKE-BWS Soprano Ukulele

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7 Feb 2021

Mainland Ukuleles Mahogany Tenor Slotted Headstock Ukulele - REVIEW

Next up - a brand I have reviewed before and one that creates a special place in a lot of ukulele players hearts. This is the Mainland Ukulele Mahogany Tenor Slotted Headstock model.

Mainland Mahogany Tenor Slot Head Ukulele

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31 Jan 2021

Everjoys / Eco Soprano Ukulele Beginner Pack (Rainbow) - REVIEW

Back to business with another 'Amazon Choice' ukulele, and one that is clearly marketed at beginners. This is the Everjoys Soprano Beginner Pack, also branded in the USA (I 'think') as Eco. A shorter break than I anticipated, but your kind words mean a lot so let's crack on. Just think I need more regular breaks in 2021!

Everjoys Soprano Beginner Pack Ukulele

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17 Jan 2021

Islander MAT-4 Spalted Maple Tenor Ukulele - REVIEW

Seeing as Kanile'a are probably my all time favourite ukulele brand, I guess it's only natural that I like to feature their far eastern 'value' line of ukuleles - the Islander series from time to time. This is the Islander MAT-4 Spalted Maple Tenor, kindly sent to me by Nicolas at Uke Shop Barcelona.

Islander MAT-4 Tenor Ukulele

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10 Jan 2021

Kumu TM74A Hawaiian Koa Tenor Ukulele - REVIEW

Back to an actual ukulele on the reviews page this week, and visit to a parent brand I reviewed fairly recently. This is the Kumu 4 string tenor, a sub line of ukes put out by Leolani.

Kumu 4 string tenor ukulele

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3 Jan 2021

Fender Alternate Reality Tenor Tele - REVIEW

Review day.. and the first of 2021. What better way to kick of the New Year by putting a cat amongst the pigeons! Is it a ukulele? Is it a guitar? Is it neither?  Say hello to the Fender Alternate Reality Tenor Tele.

Fender Tenor Tele Guitar Ukulele Hybrid

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28 Dec 2020

Flight TUC-55 Acacia Travel Concert Ukulele - REVIEW

Managed to sneak in another ukulele review for you pre New Year! I actually didn't think it would happen because Brexit / Covid shipping to the UK has seen massive delays including getting this one, but it arrived! This is the brand new Flight TUC-55 Acacia Travel Concert.

Flight TUC-55 Acacia Travel Concert Ukulele

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20 Dec 2020

Forest Ukuleles COCO-S Tenor Ukulele - REVIEW

I declare 2020 the year of the boom in 'house brand' ukuleles! And here's another. Following on from my look at the 'FUZZ-S Tenor', this is the COCO-S Tenor from Forest Ukuleles in the UK.

Forest Ukuleles COCO-S Tenor Ukulele

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17 Dec 2020

Merry Christmas 2020 from Got A Ukulele!

As we approach Christmas Week, just a note of best wishes and a thank you to all my readers, supporters and the brands and stores that have helped keep the Got A Ukulele going this year.

Got A Ukulele Christmas

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