View Full Version : Which Uke should I get?

03-17-2009, 07:16 AM
I am looking to purchase my first ukulele. I have found two that I'm quite fond of and I was hoping someone could tell me if one is better than the other, and any disadvantages they might have.

I am looking for an acoustic/electric ukulele. Here are the two that I have found.

Kala KA-TE Mahogany Tenor Ukulele Acoustic/electric (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330308768052&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80%2Fsearch%2Fse arch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp0.m37.l1313%26s atitle%3D330308768052%26category0%3D%26fvi%3D1)

LANIKAL Concert Ukulele, Acoustic/Electric, Shadow JW2 (http://cgi.ebay.com/LANIKAL-Concert-Ukulele-Acoustic-Electric-Shadow-JW2_W0QQitemZ120354021418QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item120354021418&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2|65%3A15|39%3A1|240%3A1318)

Thank you in advance for any help.

03-17-2009, 11:57 AM
I have the KA-T non electric I play alot it is my "outdoor, in the sunshine, low humidity" Tenor.
I like it if you go that route try the D'Addario Pro-arte' strings and the Aquilla string they both sound very different on this Uke.

I like it enough that I am thinking of getting the KA-TE as my first electric which I will be playing outside too.

Now depending on what you want to spend the KA- is a laminate Uke which most folks will tell you to go Solid top but that will be a price jump. The Tenor body will be bigger and a little more room between the frets.

I have never gotten to play the other one you listed..

03-19-2009, 05:10 AM
So which one did you end up getting? how do you like it???

03-20-2009, 05:27 PM
Unfortunately I got a flat tire on my car the other day, so I'm going to have to put off getting my uke for a little while until I can save up more money. :(

I would love to get a solid body. However, not only do I lack the sufficient funds for a solid top but this is my first ukulele, so I'm going to start off small and work my way up to a better one.

However, I think I'm going to go with the Kala KA-TE seeing as I have heard great things about MGM. Besides, I think it's prettier. ^.^'

03-20-2009, 05:49 PM
I would get a TENOR! Those brands are similar in quality.

03-20-2009, 06:01 PM
I'd buy the first one 'cause it comes with a uke case.

03-22-2009, 05:26 PM
So I ended up getting the first one, the Kala KA-TE. I absolutely love it, it's so much fun to play. I haven't had the opportunity to get much hands on time with it, but I did manage to learn a couple songs on it already. I'm glad I chose the Kala for my first uke, I know eventually I'll want to upgrade to a better one, but for now I'm content. :D

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I actually found a guy on craigslist selling the exact same uke with the case for only $125! It turns out he got it from MGM but didn't have any time to play it.