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johnstewartishot
05-12-2008, 08:22 PM
I'm quite new to this, and my son wants an ukulele, but I don't what one I should get! Is there one that's good for beginners? My son is 13. I don't want to spend anything over $100 because gas is very pricey these days, and I need money.

Thanks.

Ame
05-12-2008, 08:33 PM
hmm, you have to start with what size he is comfortable using.

I started about a month ago and I got a LaniKai LU-21 soprano (for $49) and I've heard it's a good beginner uke. Hope it helps somewhat. but I'm sure someone else has better and more input on this. Good luck on finding the right one for him! :)

NotoriousMOK
05-12-2008, 08:45 PM
This would be a good option too

http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Kala-KA-15S-Mahogany-Soprano-Ukulele_W0QQitemZ230251398419QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16 224QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

johnstewartishot
05-12-2008, 09:01 PM
hmm, you have to start with what size he is comfortable using.

I started about a month ago and I got a LaniKai LU-21 soprano (for $49) and I've heard it's a good beginner uke. Hope it helps somewhat. but I'm sure someone else has better and more input on this. Good luck on finding the right one for him! :)

Thank you very much for the reply. Where can I go about finding this?

JosephBautista
05-12-2008, 09:03 PM
Thank you very much for the reply. Where can I go about finding this?

dude just go to this website here, musiciansfriend.com

thats where i got mah very first uke $30 hence ames avitar thats teh uke shes holdin

tad
05-12-2008, 09:03 PM
My first was a Kala KA-S from MusicGuyMic on ebay-- he usually has 'em bundled with a case, a tuner, and a ukulele book or two for around a hundred bucks. It's the best package for a beginner you can come across, in my book.

Plus, Mike makes sure every instrument is properly set up and free of defects, which is more than you can say for most dealers. Just the setup and the upgraded strings make the package deal a STEAL.

UkuLeLesReggAe
05-12-2008, 09:04 PM
This would be a good option too

http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Kala-KA-15S-Mahogany-Soprano-Ukulele_W0QQitemZ230251398419QQihZ013QQcategoryZ16 224QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

if the LaniKai doesn't work out this ukulele is probably the 2nd best option.

Ame
05-12-2008, 09:27 PM
Thank you very much for the reply. Where can I go about finding this?

I got mine from Samedaymusic: http://musical-instruments.pricegrabber.com/ukuleles/m/7925232/

but it's "on order" now.. :\

I got it from them because it was free shipping haha

but they also have it here:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--LNKLU21?em=2e6feb0c86d438f3b93454d90ddb3068

On musiciansfriend.com (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lanikai-LU21-Standard-Ukulele?sku=512519) it is on backorder too


Hope this kinda helps too. :)

hawaiianmusiclover06
05-13-2008, 12:30 AM
I'm in the same boat as you. I just saw an 'ukulele made out of koa venner concert 'ukulele on sale at Costco for $97.99 and also it is a complete set which comes with a gig bag, extra strings, and an instructional book to teach you how to tune the 'ukulele as well as how to play it. It is a great deal because I am looking for an 'ukulele under $100 too.

Alana :)

tad
05-13-2008, 12:41 AM
I'm in the same boat as you. I just saw an 'ukulele made out of koa on sale at Costco for $97.99 because I am looking for an 'ukulele under $100.

Alana :)

Just FYI-- if it doesn't say "solid koa," it's not *made of* koa. It's got a laminate surface that's koa on top of cheaper wood. And honestly, koa's pretty rare and expensive, so there's a decent chance that if a bulk place like Costco has it, it might not actually be koa laminate, but some other type of acacia...

Not trying to dissuade you here, I know some people hate laminate ukes and guitars and the like, but I've honestly heard some with pretty darn good sound. The way it's made matters a lot, the manufacturer's quality standards, etc.

But it's not, at that price, "made of koa," strictly speaking.

Phatzo
05-13-2008, 03:16 PM
I would recommend you stay with either a LaniKai, or a Kala. These two tend to put out a uke that consitantly the same, you know you will gwt a decent uke for the price, I started with a Hilo and would not recommend them to anyone, and have recently replaced the string and did abit of sand on frets and such to get it playing, but I still have a lot of buzzing in the frets.

I just got a Kala KA-TTWR and for the price I cant believe how much better it plays and sounds than the Hilo.

You also have to think about size: I perfer concert and tenor. Good luck and I am sure he will love what ever one you get him.