When looking for a ukulele (be it for yourself or your child), the most important thing is to know about different types of ukulele first. That way, you can find the right one for you.
Ukuleles come in different shapes and sizes, with multiple variations of diverse types. Not just in size, ukuleles vary due to the different tonewood and/or strings used in the construction. Because of the difference in pitch range, music style, and sizes, the sound produced is different as well.
So, this guide is here to help you navigate the world of the ukulele and learn all about the different types, sizes, and mechanisms of the ukulele.
- 1. Features of the Ukulele
- 2. Different Ukulele Shapes
- 3. 4 Main Types of Ukuleles
- 4. Specialty Ukulele
- 5. Hybrid Ukulele
- 6. Different Types of Ukulele Tonewood
- 7. Different types of Ukulele Strings
- 8. Which Type of Ukulele Is Best for Beginners
Features of the Ukulele
Before getting into different types of ukuleles, let’s look over some basic features of a ukulele first:
The largest part of the ukulele, the body consists of the top, back, and sides. Here the strings are connected and used for strumming. The top transmits the strings’ vibration and the soundhole projects the ukulele’s sound.
The neck of the ukulele extends from the head to the body and supports the fretboard. It is a long slender piece of wood used for finger shapes and chords.
The head of the ukulele is attached to the neck and on the opposite side of the body. At the top of the head, there are turning pegs for the strings.
It holds the frets and is also called a fingerboard. Frets are raised lines on the neck of the uke and used as markers to make the chords and notes. The first fret is nearest to the head. The number of frets also indicates the range of the ukulele. The more frets on the neck mean the instrument will have a wider range of tones and notes available.
Different Ukulele Shapes
All different types of ukuleles come in a variety of different shapes. Among them, figure-8, pineapple, and cutaway-shaped models are most common.
The figure-8 shape is also called the guitar shape as its shape is really similar to a guitar. The two loops of the 8 are called bouts and separated at the waist.
Ukuleles are more like miniature versions of guitars. This is the standard shape for most ukuleles.
Pineapple ukuleles got their name for having a rounder shape resembling a pineapple. Due to its shape, it produces a louder and mellower sound compared to traditionally shaped ukes.
Pineapple ukuleles are a bit of a novelty addition and vintage models are pretty hard to find. Even though they are not popular for the larger types of ukes, pineapple-shaped models are widely available for soprano and concert sizes.
Cutaway ukuleles have a similar shape as figure-8 models but with a unique twist. They are designed to allow access to the higher frets by cutting away the right-hand shoulder of the ukulele. Hence the name ‘cutaway’.
Cutaway ukuleles are getting popular nowadays and can be easily found in various sizes and types.
4 Main Types of Ukuleles
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- Total length: 21″
- Scale Length: 13-14″
- Standard Tuning: G-C-E-A
The most common and the most traditional size ukuleles are the sopranos. They are mostly referred to as the standard ukulele.
Soprano ukuleles are the smallest and the lightest models with their shortest scale and the tightest fret spacing. As a result, they are great for children or people with small hands. Plus, they are easier to move around so work well as a travel companion.
Compared to larger-sized models, sopranos produce a crisper and brighter tone with less projection and resonance. However, the relaxing, softer sound is the classic ukulele sound everyone loves. Moreover, the affordable nature of the soprano uke makes it a popular choice for beginner players.
Recommended Soprano Ukuleles
- Kala’s KA-15S came into the world in 2005 as the answer to a high-quality, affordable, entry-level ukulele and still remains the unrivaled ukulele in its class.
- The KA-15S is well-suited for classroom use, practicing, and acoustic performance. It is the instrument of choice for schools - More people learn to play on a Kala than any other ukulele brand
- A very traditional Mahogany Soprano Ukulele in a satin finish with a bright, warm, full-bodied tone.
- Comes with a beautiful Walnut Fingerboard and Bridge, Mahogany Neck, 12 Brass Frets, GraphTech NuBone and Aquila Super Nylgut Strings from Italy and distinguished by its etched Polynesian-style Shark Teeth rosette
- Kala ukuleles are played by some of the most renowned players around the world including: twenty one pilots, Vance Joy, dodie, EatMyUke, The Ukulele Teacher, and Zac Brown.
- ✅KEEP CALM & PLAY THE UKULELE - Discover the unique melodic sound of the Hawaiian Islands with our elite ukulele starter pack! Now you can teach yourself the ukulele thanks to our all-inclusive beginner's kit that includes a 21" ukulele, a digital tuner, a strap, a How-To-Play songbook, carrying bag, etc
- ✅ SUPERIOR-QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP - Our amazing 21" traditional soprano ukulele combines basswood for the body, solid wood for the neck and blackwood for the finger board and bridge. The nylon strings and eco-friendly design will make it your favorite musical instrument
- ✅ LEARN HOW TO PLAY WHILE HAVING FUN - The EVERJOYS magnificent soprano ukulele features multi-color strings, with each color representing a different note. That way you can easily remember the notes and speed up the learning process. Most string instruments initially need time to adjust to the climate and such. Continue tuning it every time if it goes out of tune, and eventually it will adjust
- ✅ A COMPREHENSIVE ALL-IN-ONE STARTER'S SET - Our ukulele beginners set includes a 21" soprano ukulele, a handy digital tuner, a colorful strap, a fun How-To-Play songbook, two spare picks, a spare string, a microfiber polishing cloth, a durable convenient soft bag and a printed box
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- Total length: 23″
- Scale Length: 15-16″
- Standard Tuning: G-C-E-A
Concert ukuleles are slightly larger than soprano ukuleles with their bigger body, long neck, and more versatility. The wider neck allows for more frets with wider spacing between them.
Concert ukuleles project a fuller sound that is louder in volume and warmer in tone. They intonate and resonate much better than sopranos and have a broader range.
As the concert ukes are easier to hold and play, performing ukulele players prefer concerts over other types. Players who need a larger size uke than a soprano should consider going for the concert ukulele. Moreover, the price range is closer to the sopranos so getting one won’t put much strain on the pocket.
Recommended Concert Ukuleles
- This Tattoo Concert Uke Takes Its Design From Traditional Hawaiian Body Ornamentation
- The Designs Were Monochromatic, Tattooed In Black Against Brown Skin
- The Patterns And Layout Were Strongly Geometric And There Were Many Shapes And Symbols Representing The Natural Island World
- The Fret Markers Are Stylized Sharks Teeth
- 🎅[Well Made Durable Mahogany Craftsmanship] Donner concert ukulele with a smooth mahogany body produces a crisp and pleasant sound. With well-polished smooth rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Sami-Open finish with 9-cycle grinding and polishing process, quality details for your comfortable playability and durability.
- 🎅[Warm Rich Sound] Donner Ukulele Mahogany top body and neck bring you a much richer, brighter, and warmer sound; High-density bone nut and saddle combine with 4 Highly polished smooth Aquila carbon nylon strings to gain clear and nice resonance and more sustain.
- 🎅[Become a Better Player, Faster] Concert ukulele bundle pack includes a concert ukulele, gig bag, strap, tuner, 4 extra Aquila nylon strings, 4 picks, and cleaning cloth. Meet all needs of players. The padded gig bag features backpack style with 2 padded shoulder straps and an exterior pocket for a comfortable carry and well protection for the ukelele. A decent gift for birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc
- 🎄[Enhance Your Creativity with Music Enlightenment] Get started with Donner 23-inch ukulele and professional free ONLINE VIDEO lessons for beginners. Easy to understand and get started. Donner ukulele bundle kit is a great ukulele set for adults, beginners, or professionals.
- 🎄[Easy to Tune] Donner patented chrome-plated guitar-style tuners increase accuracy and keep the ukulele always in tune. Digital clip-on tuner is easy to tune and play. 18 brass frets with fret position marks at 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th frets on neck and top of fingerboard.
- Total length: 26″
- Scale Length: 17-18″
- Standard Tuning: G-C-E-A
Larger than sopranos and concert ukuleles, the tenor ukulele has a louder, more resonant sound overall. Due to its bigger size and projection, tenor produces a sound similar to classical acoustic guitar.
Because of its wider fretboard, a tenor is a great option for learning traditional fingerpicking techniques. However, the sound tenor produces is richer and more complex than the traditional tone. The deeper, fuller sound with a resonant has an almost bass-y tone.
Tenor ukuleles are excellent for experimenting with and producing advanced music. Perhaps that’s why it’s growing in popularity with professional musicians.
Recommended Tenor Ukuleles
- Satin Mahogany Tenor Ukulele
- Top, Back, Sides, and Neck: Mahogany
- Satin Finish, Walnut Fingerboard
- GraphTech NuBone Nut and Saddle
- Aquila Super Nylgut Strings
- SEALED 18: 1 GEAR TUNING MACHINE: In the higher gears, the ukulele string can be tuned more precise, keep ukulele stay in tune better than 15:1 gear tuning pegs, ensures you would not be troubled by 'out of tune' so fast. Our gear made of pure copper will be harder, less rusting.
- CARBON NYLON STRINGS: Equipped advanced strings, and luthiers pre-tune the ukulele at a lower action before we ship it to ensure you can touch the strings easier. G String Action at 1st Fret is 0.019" and at 12tt Fret is 0.11"± 0.008".Offer Life Time Free String Replace.
- FREE UKULELE ONLINE LESSONS: Kmise ukulele is the instrument of choice for schools - more people learn to play on it. Offer Free Online Lessons on our official website and How to Play Ukulele Quick Start Booklet.
- A GREAT GIFT FOR MUSIC LOVER - Whether you’re looking for a birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas or graduation gifts, send this ukulele to anyone that likes playing guitar or someone that just loves music. This could be an awesome gift for adults, kids who are just getting started with Ukulele.
- 30 DAYS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: If you are not satisfied with your ukulele or have any trouble with it, please contact us for replacement or full refund. We will do our best to make things right.
- Total length: 30″
- Scale Length: 19-20″
- Standard Tuning: D-G-B-E
The last and largest of all, the baritone ukulele has the richest, deepest, most full sound. The baritone size is responsible for producing the lowest frequency with the most resonant tone.
Apart from size, the baritone is different from other regular ukuleles due to its tuning. Instead of the standard G-C-E-A tuning, baritone ukuleles are tuned D-G-B-E. This is one of the reasons the baritone ukes are the closest to a normal guitar.
Guitar players find it easier to turn to play baritone ukes. On the other hand, traditional ukulele players feel less comfortable while picking up a baritone to play. The heavier weight is another factor they need to get used to.
Recommended Baritone Ukuleles
- Gorgeous appearance: KMU30B baritone Ukulele is an upgraded version of Kmise's mahogany series. The whole uke body is made of high-grade mahogany.Unique in stunning looks and warm and harmonious sound.
- Precise tuning: Kmise baritone Ukulele is equipped with 18:1 gear tuning machine,it can be tuned more precise,keep ukulele stay in tune better than 15:1,you don¡¯t need to tune it all the time
- Premium Strings: This 30" baritone ukulele string with premium metallic & nylon strings(DGBE),it combines the sound of ukulele and acoustic guitar to provide you with a full and deep sound
- Adjustable trussrod:Kmise baritone ukulele installed adjustable trussrod,player can adjust the action according their need.Rare ukuleles have such feature so this baritone uke really worthwhile to own
- Play Comfortably:Baritone ukulele are bigger than other size ukuleles,so we design the smooth fretboard and neat fretwire more carefully,also lower the action so you can play it safer without buzzing.The price and quality of this baritone ukulele is definitely the best on the market
- Mahogany Top / Gloss Finish
- Mahogany Back & Sides / Gloss Finish
- Fan Bracing
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Chrome, Closed Back Tuners
With the ukulele’s rising popularity, manufacturers have started to offer specialty ukulele models. These are different versions of standard ukuleles with many variations and modifications. Some of the most common of them are:
Sopranino ukuleles are the smaller version of soprano ukes. Sopranos are already small, to begin with, but sopraninoes are even smaller with a scale length of about 13 inches.
With 10 frets and a tiny 19-inch body, sopraninoes are ideal for children. These are also travel-friendly. The sound is nice and bright, similar to soprano ukuleles. However, the tuning is different from standard ukuleles.
Recommended Sopranino Ukuleles
- K1-MM - Sopranino Ukulele - Keiki Series
- Okoume top, back & side - Natural Mahogany Open Pore Finish
- Okoume neck & headstock veneer, satin finish - Walnut fretboard & bridge - Laser Etched Sea Turtle Rosette
- Sopranino 284 mm Scale- Body Depth 19 mm- 36 mm Nut Width- 12 Frets- Open gear tuning machines chrome w/ black buttons
- Ortega Guitars UWNY-4-SO strings
- SK-21 Ohana SOPRANO UKE
- Ohana Sopranino Solid Mahogany Ukulele Sk-21
- Brand: @ Ohana
- Item Package Weight: 1.0 Pounds
Electric ukuleles share common features with electric guitars. They have solid bodies, steel strings, and magnetic pickups. As a result, they barely make any sound without being plugged in into an amplifier.
Electric ukes have the same size as standard ukulele models, but the tone is closer to the metallic sound of a guitar.
Recommended Electric Ukuleles
- ♬ - THIS UKULELE BEGINNER SET IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR MUSICIANS INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO PLAY THE UKULELE - This beginner ukulele kit includes all the electric ukulele accessories and elements needed for both electric and acoustic play.
- ♬ - SIZE MATTERS. COMES IN THE TRADITIONAL CONCERT UKULELE MEASUREMENT OF 23 INCHES - Concert ukuleles provides a slightly larger size than a traditional soprano ukulele enabling more room between frets making it easier to learn finger placement.
- ♬ - EXQUISITE MAHOGANY AND ROSEWOOD CONSTRUCTION OFFER RICH, BRIGHT, WARM SOUND AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE - Our ukulele beginner pack provides extreme value but doesn’t sacrifice on quality materials or construction ensuring a beautiful, long lasting instrument.
- ♬ - ONE PACKAGE INCLUDES EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO START PLAYING! - An acoustic electric ukulele, a small suitcase sized concert ukulele amp with audio cable, padded electric ukulele case, electric ukulele strap, electric ukulele tuner, spare nylon electric ukulele strings, and Hawaii ukulele picks.
- ♬ A BEGINNER UKULELE TUNER IS BUILT IN ENSURING QUICK AND EASY ADJUSTMENTS FOR NEW MUSICIANS - Connect your Ukulele to the amplifier, press the Tuner button on the Ukulele. the LCD will light indicating tuning mode. To use the amplifier, remember to press the tuner button again. A dark LCD indicates amplifier mode and time to jam fully tuned!
- 【Solid Wood Soundboard】Under the same condition, compared with Laminated wood ukulele, natural solid mahogany wood is more natural and compact , which can offer the ukulele better sustain, more stable sound and pure tone, also achieve better resonance.
- 【Advanced Tuner】1:18 pure copper gear (rather than poor quality brass-plated zinc alloy), finer and more stable tuning ensure the ukulele that has the best Intonation, stays in tune for longer time.
- 【Installed EQ】3 bands pre-amp makes you have a feeling to play it like an electric guitar, and electric tuner is installed. NOTE: Plz use a MONO audio cable to connect the uke with amp. For the instruction of how to use the Equalizer, plz check the video uploaded.
- 【Super Ukulele】Lower action allows you playing easily without buzzing, special fret wire avoids scratching, Aquila strings creates a full sound, strengthened neck and soundboard ensures quality and durability of this uke.
- 【Beginner Quickstart】Online ukulele lessons + ukulele instruction booklet for beginners for a 30-minute quick start. We prepare full set of essential accessories for ukulele beginners to begin practice immediately. Aklot concert acoustic electric ukulele is very excellent choice as a gift.
Electro-Acoustic ukuleles offer the benefits of both a traditional ukulele and an electric one. An electric-acoustic ukulele has the body of a standard acoustic ukulele but with a pre-installed pickup.
The pickup is there to plug into an amplifier while playing, but it can also be played without using the amp. Then it’ll just sound similar to an acoustic ukulele.
Also called semi-acoustic ukuleles, these are more flexible and cost-effective than electric ukes.
Recommended Electro-Acoustic Ukuleles
- Tenor size
- Mahogany body and neck
- Walnut fingerboard
- Cream binding
- Built-in Kala UK-300-TR electronics
- WARM, RICH TONE: The Cordoba 15CB Bocote exudes a warm, rich tone with great unplugged projection that easily fills a small room — great for living room performances or warm evenings at the beach with friends.
- ONE-OF-A-KIND LOOK: Built with exotic Bocote woods from Central and South America for a unique look and sound. Dramatic dark browns, black striping, and gorgeous knotted eyes are the cherry on top to a tonal signature unlike any other.
- COMFORTABLE PLAYING: Features a comfortable C-shaped mahogany neck with composite wood fingerboard, great for learning on as well as for advanced chording or lead playing.
- ELEGANT SATIN FINISH: Gorgeous satin finish enhances the beauty of the Bocote and mahogany, allowing it to age and darken over time.
- PREMIUM APPOINTMENTS: An abalone rosette sound hole, a set of silver tuners with pearl buttons, and premium Italian Aquila strings are additional fine appointments that make the 15CB Bocote concert ukulele a great buy.
One of the most popular hybrid ukuleles out there, a banjolele is a cross between a banjo and a ukulele. It has the body of a banjo, but has four strings and is tuned exactly like a standard uke.
Banjoleles are fun instruments that can mix different genres of music. They have the unique twang of a banjo with an underlying ukulele tone. The louder and brighter sound leave some listeners wondering what instrument was being played.
- Mahogany body
- Remo head with 12 brackets and cast aluminum tone ring
- Mahogany neck with 18 fret Rosetek fingerboard & dot inlay
- Open gear tunig machines with pearloid buttons
- Satin finish
- Advanced Tuner: Closed gear tuning pegs,contains oil, so it would not rust so easy.Finer and more stable tuning also ensures the banjo ukulele has the best intonation and stays in tune longer.
- Two Styles Available:it can not only be a resonator type but also an open back type by detaching its back. Resonator type produces a mellower, softer sound while the open back type more bright
- Strings--Pre-strung with Premium Aquila String Made In Italy,guarantee of quality.
- Frets--18pcs copper fretwire-exquisite material,resistance to abrasion and embroider,good sound.
- Special Design Dots-Unique Skull Mark Dots Make your banjo ukulele unique and very beautiful
Like banjolele, Guitalele is another example of a hybrid ukulele. Only this time, it’s a blend of two instruments: guitars and ukuleles.
Instead of four, guitaleles have six strings and are tuned similar to a classical guitar. They have a sound between a standard uke and a nylon string guitar with a much wider range. Plus, being a uke size instrument, guitaleles have greater portability.
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- SEALED 18: 1 GEAR TUNING MACHINE: In the higher gears, the guitalele string can be tuned more precise, keep ukulele stay in tune better than 15:1 gear tuning pegs, ensures you would not be troubled by 'out of tune' so fast. Our gear made of pure copper will be harder, less rusting.
- ADJUSTABLE ACTION: Each guitalele come with 1 original Allen wrench which can help you adjust the action freely based on your habit. Turn Clockwise loosen strings and turn anticlockwise tighten strings.
- WELL FINISHED FRETBOARD: Come with Smooth Walnut fretboards on every side detail, you can roll over the frets and do not need to worry be scratched. The fret wires ends can be a very troubling point of contact with inexpensive instruments. These fret wires have been manicured to a level that there is no sensation.
- A GREAT GIFT FOR MUSIC LOVER - Whether you’re looking for a birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas or graduation gifts, send this guitalele to anyone that likes playing guitar or someone that just loves music. This could be an awesome gift for adults, kids who are just getting started with guitalele.
- Kmise responsible for every item we sold and do our best to offer the best solution if your product has any problem.
Simply put, a bass ukulele is like a bass guitar with the body of a baritone ukulele.
The tuning of a bass ukulele is identical to a standard bass guitar (E-A-D-G) however, they have a much shorter scale. Most bass ukes have built-in pickups and are used with amplifiers. They produce a low, thick tone but with a good amount of resonance and volume.
Recommended Bass Ukuleles
- Kala Ukulele, known for high-quality instruments, is the most recognized and sought after ukulele brand in the world. Kala ukuleles are the instrument of choice for schools - more people learn to play on a Kala than any other ukulele brand
- Made from the finest high quality materials including a walnut body
- Comes with preamp for amplified use with volume, bass, mid, and treble control
- Uses Aquila Nylgut strings which assure tuning stability provides increased accuracy of fret-intonation
- Trus-Rod Adjustable neck & Integrated Tuner for fast and easy tuning
- Designed and set up to play standard bass guitar notes
Another hybrid is the resonator ukulele which is a scaled-down version of the resonator guitar.
There is a metal speaker cone resonator built into the body that helps produce a more ‘twangy’ sound compared to the standard ukes. Resonator ukuleles with a wooden body sound a bit warmer and mellower. Whereas a metal body produces a brighter and louder sound.
Recommended Resonator Ukuleles
- Neck Ovangkol Fingerboard - Honey Mahogany Stain
- Concert Resonat Ukulele with Mahogany Top
- Kala Ukulele, known for high-quality instruments, is the most recognized and sought after ukulele brand in the world. Kala ukuleles are the instrument of choice for schools - more people learn to play on a Kala than any other ukulele brand
Different Types of Ukulele Tonewood
Different types of wood have different properties and thus influence sound in versatile ways. As a result, a lot of different models of ukuleles are built with different types of tonewoods.
Here are some of the most common woods used for making ukuleles:
Originally traditional wood of choice by Hawaiian artisans, koa is still widely used and a popular tonewood for the ukulele. With their beautiful colors and grain patterns, koa ukuleles are aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Moreover, they have a more direct sound and balanced tone with a powerful midrange.
One of the most popular tonewood to build musical instruments, mahogany is a trusted choice for ukulele as well. It’s most often used for ukulele necks and has a slightly heavier and denser feel. Usually, mahogany ukes have a well-balanced sound with a darker, warmer tone.
Spruce is a softwood famous for producing louder and bigger sounds. Ukuleles made with spruce tend to stand out due to their pale yellow color. Spruce ukuleles have a bright, full, and warm tone plus a dynamic range.
Often used in guitars, maple is used for crafting ukuleles as well. Maple ukuleles are renowned for their clarity and distinct sound. Due to the hardness of this tonewood, it’s mostly used in bridges and fretboards. Maple doesn’t resonate or sustain like other woods but it’s great for certain styles of playing.
Cedar is an excellent wood used for tenor and baritone ukuleles. It’s softer than spruce and has a rounder and mellower tone. The mids are less pointed but the sound often has more bass.
Rosewood is a less common choice for ukulele, it’s mostly used on ukulele fretboards. Even so, rosewood has an impressive balance of midrange and low tones along with accentuated highs. Normally it’s paired with a softwood top.
Redwood is a pretty exclusive tonewood due to it being scarce and expensive. Its position is between spruce and cedar, delivering the clarity of spruce with the warmth of cedar. Redwood used in musical instruments is often salvaged from old decks and furniture.
Solid Wood or Laminated
Ukuleles use similar construction materials as guitars. Therefore, both solid wood and laminated wood ukuleles are available on the market. Which ones are best for playing depends on the player’s individual style, preference, and budget.
With the recent surge of affordable models, laminated ukuleles became more popular due to their low price. They are more durable and lightweight, making them easier to travel with.
However, in terms of natural sound and tone, nothing can beat a ukulele made from solid wood. They are definitely expensive than the laminated ones, but they are well worth the investment as well. Besides, with regular care and maintenance, solid wood ukuleles last a lot longer.
Different types of Ukulele Strings
One common feature all ukuleles share is that they have four strings. Even though some specialty ukes have six or eight strings, most standard models follow similar features. Based on the material, different types of strings produce different types of tones and sounds. Some of the most popular choices for strings are:
Most of the ukulele strings are made of nylon. Despite that, the sound of nylon strings actually varies from brand to brand. Nylon strings have a habit of stretching over time so the ukulele will need frequent tuning. Extreme temperatures can also cause the strings to stretch but they’ll hardly be affected by humidity.
There has been a recent surge in the usage of fluorocarbon strings. These strings are made of polymer and were originally developed for fishing lines. These tend to be more durable and less affected by temperature changes. Compared to nylon stings, fluorocarbon strings offer a brighter overall sound.
These strings are typically used with tenor and baritone ukuleles. Wound nylon strings have a nylon core wrapped around with a polymer winding material. One downside to these strings is that they tend to produce finger squeaks while sliding the fretboard.
Similar to wound nylon, wound metal strings are used on lower notes and large-sized ukes. These strings are made of winding materials such as copper or aluminum.
As titanium is one of the strongest metals, the ukulele strings made from titanium present more strength and durability. The tangy sound they produce is slightly brighter than from nylon strings. Also, they can project more sound at a higher volume level.
Steel is a less common material used for ukulele strings. As steel strings can burden the top, bridge, and neck of the ukulele with additional tension. However, some specialty and hybrid ukuleles like banjoleles, guitaleles, etc. utilize steel strings. It’s better to consult a professional before replacing the ukulele’s steel strings rather than doing it yourself.
Which Type of Ukulele Is Best for Beginners
The best type of ukulele depends on the music preference and the level of the player.
For beginners, the best choice is the soprano or concert ukulele. These ukes offer the traditional ukulele sound and the smaller scales help to make chords easier. As players keep getting experienced and lean towards advanced steps, upgrading to the tenor ukulele will be a smart idea. Baritone ukuleles are more of a specialty instrument as they have different tuning than standard models.
Size is another matter for consideration. Children are the best fit for sopranos as they have the smallest size. Even adults with small hands will have a better time playing with a soprano ukulele. However, players with big hands may not feel comfortable with the size of a soprano. For them, a concert or a tenor uke will be the better fit. Soprano and concert ukuleles come at excellent affordable prices so it’s another plus for beginners.
If you’re having trouble with which type of ukulele to go for, consider the different types and sizes again. If you want the traditional ukulele sound, then standard size ukes would be perfect for you. If you’re into experimenting with a different sound, why not go for a specialty ukulele like electric or acoustic?
And if you’re a guitar player, you can try baritone ukuleles or guitaleles. You’d have an easier time learning how to play. There are also other hybrid types like banjolele, bass, etc. to choose from.
Either way, you go, you’re gonna have a fun time so enjoy!
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