Once you decide on the size, if you have the ability to try some out, you can figure out what brand has the neck shape that you like most. This will be a complete “preference” step as everyone’s hands are different. If you want to go over this subject just contact us at the store.
Why would looks matter? Because we shop with our eyes first. Something that has strong visual appeal is more likely to be an enjoyable to us than something that doesn’t. Look at the ukulele. Look at the wood type, the fit & finish, and the accents. Take into account the build quality and make mental notes on what you like & don’t like. Ask questions. Make sure to find out if the ukulele is made from solid wood or laminate wood. Keep in mind that over time solid wood opens up or “blooms” while laminate wood remains the same. Of course, price will be another key factor, and a laminate instrument can still be a very musical instrument. And the one that looks AMAZING may not be in your budget. Ultimately, if you goal is just to learn with this one, looks are not the most important factor. On the other hand, if you can afford to get something really nice; the more you love your ukulele in every way, the more you will want to play it.
Do you like how it sounds? This is crucial. Remember that your “ear” acclimates over time to what you are used to hearing. Tone is completely subjective and there is no “wrong” tone, just different colors. If you like the sound, the sound is good. Having found what feels, looks, and sounds good is great, but now we have to try to get one that fits the budget. Remember, by no means does an ukulele have to break the bank to be a great uke. Some really good ones are out there at unbelievable deals. Likewise, the cheapest ukulele isn’t always the best deal. Be sure to shop at a reputable store with a knowledgable sales staff. Also, remember that ukuleles are like fingerprints, everyone is different. If you find “the one”, then that’s the one to get. Don’t ask to get one from the back unless you are willing to go through the same process with that one too.
Remember that buying an ukulele doesn’t have to be hard. It can be fun; and should. You only get one first ukulele so have fun & choose wisely. ~ Aaron & Andrew from
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