View Full Version : Best looking Uke for under 350

06-25-2009, 06:29 PM
So im looking to buy a new uke, budget is about $350 or so. I have a Kala tenor electric that i really love playing, but its not much of a looker. A concert or tenor size is preferred, but not required. Im just looking to see whats out there without breaking the bank.

06-25-2009, 06:34 PM
by just doing a quick ebay search, I found this baby:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MODEL-LANIKAI-SM-C-SOLID-MANGO-CONCERT-UKULELE_W0QQitemZ270411720682QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef5cb67ea&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|240%3A13 18|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

Lanikai makes a good uke too.

06-25-2009, 06:46 PM
MusicGuyMics got the same uke listed (328), and its big brother, a Tenor for for 368 (free shipping) but that has a killer youtube vid with sound sample. It sounds awesome and that was one of the ukes i considered recently with the same budget in mind.

I settled on the A/E Pono O'hai its 329 here (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OHAI-PONO-A-E-TENOR-UKULELE-all-solid-w-gigbag-OT-E_W0QQitemZ250451738854QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defau ltDomain_0?hash=item3a501640e6&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A30) also free shipping

Another great alternative would be the Kala solid acacia, though i think theres some additional wait time on that.

Ahnko Honu
06-25-2009, 06:52 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/HAMANO-Mahogany-H-100T-TENOR-UKULELE-W-CASE-setup_W0QQitemZ330339113601QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item4ce9beda81&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A0|293%3A3|294%3A30
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-solid-OHAI-PONO-Cedartop-TENOR-UKULELE-new-model_W0QQitemZ270413150083QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item3ef5e13783&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A1|293%3A4|294%3A30
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-LANIKAI-SM-C-Solid-spalted-mango-CONCERT-UKULELE-1_W0QQitemZ330338942577QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defau ltDomain_0?hash=item4ce9bc3e71&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A0|293%3A4|294%3A30
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-OHAI-PONO-A-E-TENOR-UKULELE-all-solid-w-gigbag-OT-E_W0QQitemZ250451741579QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defau ltDomain_0?hash=item3a50164b8b&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|301%3A0|293%3A4|294%3A30

I especially like the looks of the Lanikai solid spalted mango.:shaka:

06-25-2009, 07:02 PM
There are some well-priced all solid koa Keli'i ukes out there that look super nice. Also love the Lanikai mango, Pono tenor, and even the basic Mainland mahogany ukes with the classy rope binding.

06-25-2009, 08:33 PM
Lanikai's solid Koa top with laminated Koa back and sides looks really nice. I wonder how that one sounds.

06-25-2009, 08:36 PM
Mainland Mahogany.

06-26-2009, 01:27 AM
It's hard to beat mango for eye candy value. The new spalted mango looks even more stunning than either basic mango and spalted maple (and is, I understand SOLID not a laminate like the spalted maple).

Spalted maple is also attractive, albeit not solid.

But more than just wood appearance is the design. My cigar box uke from Tom Guy stops them dead when I bring it into the store (I practice when there are no customers around and leave it on the counter when they're in the store). Real conversation starter.

The Ohana zebrawood (that's ZEH-bra wood, folks... :cool:) is also fabulous, ducky, but it's only soprano. That's a shame because it's very attractive, but the scale is just not my cup of tea. It'll probably go on the block this summer so I can buy another tenor.

06-26-2009, 01:30 AM
I would get a KALA uke...

06-26-2009, 02:49 AM
Oscar Schmidt has some "good looking" ukes available.

06-26-2009, 05:15 AM
fwiw, if you so concerned with looks, might as well get an antoniotsai. full on inlay.

sound>looks, bro.

06-26-2009, 07:51 AM
IMHO I would think more of how it will sound rather than how it looks, of course you want it to look nice but you may regret it later, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and you'll grow to find it more attractive if it sounds lovely

06-26-2009, 10:29 AM
I have seen the mainland ukes and they do look nice.

06-27-2009, 01:41 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, they were all great. I think im gonna go for the mango. The pattern of the wood is just nice. Also, Im a sucker for inlays. Thanks

06-27-2009, 04:04 PM
Make that two votes for Mainland Mahogany. You'll have enough money left for a good case.

06-28-2009, 09:15 AM
Another vote for Mainland Mahogany...or cedar/rosewood.