View Full Version : Why is Ukulele set up so important?

06-21-2012, 11:20 AM
I am looking to buy my second ukulele for about 100 dollars or less. I was checking out the HMS site and I noticed that their prices are incredibly low and the ukes come with a special HMS set up. If I am going to buy from a ukulele store online, I only want HMS. Uke republic is a little high for me.

But Im wondering, why is a set up so important? How come I can't just buy a uke from my local music store? Sorry, Im a bit of a noob when it comes to ukes.

My first uke I bought was a Mahalo ULP 30vs. Its a pretty cheapo uke, but I use it a lot. I got it from a music store near my house and it didn't come with some special set up or whatever, I think it just came from the box.

A lot of people say that if you dont get it set up it will be hard to play, but I didnt really have a problem playing it. Playing really high notes was a little difficult though, and the fret things were kinda uneven. But I liked playing it.

If a set up is really important then Ill stick with HMS, but I dont like having to limit my options, ukes from them are going out of stock very quickly. Have any suggestions?

06-21-2012, 11:30 AM
Have you seen this video from HMS? They talk about their setup.


06-21-2012, 11:31 AM
Here's a great blog post (http://theukulelereview.com/2011/05/07/ukulele-setup/) from HMS as well.

06-21-2012, 11:43 AM
"Why is ukulele setup so important?"

Because in low-to-mid-priced ukes if you don't buy from someone who sets them up (HMS, Uke Republic, Mim, etc) you might get one that sounds like this...



06-21-2012, 08:26 PM
It's about tuning accuracy, tone and pure playability. A badly set up uke will not sound great or feel great to play. If you get one of those as a beginner, as well as the effort required to learn the thing, you are also putting in effort fighting the instrument.

Totally unnecessary and a barrier to learning.