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Thread: Which Guitarlele should I buy, asking for advice please!

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    Default Which Guitarlele should I buy, asking for advice please!

    Hi,

    I would like to get a Guitarlele and also learn to play.

    Thought about maybe getting a Gertsch or a Kala, I would like warm sound and good craftmanship.

    An Instrument for a beginner, and I would like to have years of fun with it.

    Can somebody please suggest me a specific model or brand?

    Thanks for your answers!

    Micha

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    There is a lot of variance between the brands, no constant on size, etc, so I would suggest taking a look on Youtube to see & hear what each sounds like.
    Long Neck = Kala KA-SLNG - Ohana SK30M - Ohana SK30L - Ohana CK35L
    Electric = Mahalo 'Surfboard' concert - RISA Solid/Stick concert - RISA Uke Ellie tenor - RISA Solid/Stick tenor
    Concert = Baton Rouge Hotrod - Baton Rouge Sun thinline cutaway - Kala KA-CEME - Kala KA-ASAC
    Tenor = Kala KA-T (fitted with classical guitar strings DGBE)
    Baritone = Lani solid Spruce top - Kala solid Cedar top

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    Cordoba Mini, will be easier to play due to wider nut yeilding wider string spacing most similar to uke spacing...

    Also, with a baritone scale length there are more string options that SHORTER guitarleles, and in general the longer scale will INTONATE better because the longer neck has the ability to give better string tension.

    I have the Cordoba Mini SM-CE, spalted maple back and sides, with cedar top and i LOVE IT and compared to my Yama-haha GL-1, which is only tenor scale, the Yama-haha is a joke and a toy, whereas the Mini is like a 'real' guitar, easy to play, sounds great and feels nice to hold...

    Last I looked, the Cordoba Mini-M, was like $200-229 USD.

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    Check out the cordoba mini (I have the r). It's not perfect, but was quite a bit better than the other low end guitaleles that i have tried (gretsch, yahama, islander). HMS has videos online but try it first if you can. The nut is almost the size of a classical and i find it quite playable.

    Also, quality control is really important on these lower end instruments. Whatever you get, either try it first or order from somewhere reputable like HMS.

    Adam

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    I got the Kala and the Cordoba Mini. Sold the Kala, LOVE the Cordoba. The Kala was too cramped for me and didn't have much in the way of low end response. The Cordoba is really nicely built, light and responsive, and has plenty of room for playing.

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    I will throw my vote in for the Cordoba Mini as well. I originally purchased the Cordoba Guilele CE, and the short scale made for very cramped fingerings. Ended up selling the Guilele and went with the Mini, which in my opinion feels much better. In that price range, at least, I think the Mini is the winner.

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    Hello, thanks to you all for the suggestions. I'm glad for your experience. So I will thnk about getting a Cordoba... maybe an O, I would like a warm tone. does anybody know that one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micha View Post
    Hello, thanks to you all for the suggestions. I'm glad for your experience. So I will thnk about getting a Cordoba... maybe an O, I would like a warm tone. does anybody know that one?
    Strings are equally as important as tonewood in effecting tone, and despite the tonewood, strings can act as a sort of audio equalizer to enhance or mitigate either a brighter or warmer tone, as well as affect sustain and intonation.

    You might find the info and links in my signature down below helpful in determining how to achieve the tone that YOU prefer, since tone is highly subjective, and also relative to many factors on an instrument, even of the same model, same wood, from the same maker, since WOOD itself is organic and NOT homogeneous or exact from tree-to-tree, nor even cuts of wood from the same tree...

    Therefore if you are seeking something specific, that advice to 'try before you buy' is something to keep in mind, since YouTube videos are a mere representation and will not be the SAME as the sound, in open air, with your own ear drums.

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    ok, thanks, good to know! The shop nearby doesn't have a big choice of Ukeleles, thats why I am glad for your advice.

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    Cordoba solid topped........awesome for it's price range.

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