View Full Version : Another "What starter uke should I buy?" question

06-05-2013, 04:25 PM
Well, I'm planning on buying my first uke and I've come down to the Cordobas. I'm planning on buying the cheap ones first since it'll be my first uke. Should I get the Cordoba UP100, the Cordoba UP110, or the Cordoba 15cm. All of them are concert ukes. I'm not sure which is the best to get. You can also refer some other cheap beginner ukes for me, that'd be great. Thanks!

06-05-2013, 04:35 PM

06-05-2013, 05:22 PM
I can highly recommend the Cordobas. The necks are super!
I wish my Kala ahd that good of a neck...

06-06-2013, 03:51 AM
This uke sounds awesome for the money. 15CM

06-11-2013, 01:57 PM
any mailand are the best in quality/price search in this forum about mainland's and Mike service.

http://shop.mainlandukuleles.com/category.sc;jsessionid=082154127503D5202D50F4ECD85 158BC.m1plqscsfapp05?categoryId=3

if you buy any to cheap (laminated ones for example) for sure you want to sell and buy another in a short time and lose money... w a mainland you can play over years and latter get one more expensive.



06-12-2013, 10:03 AM
I would stay away from the Cordobas - from what limited experience I've had with them so take my comment with a grain of salt.

I've played around a few Cordoba 15CM and 20CMs, and other models, at a nearby Guitar Center. There were some Luna Tattoos and Riptides laying around as well. The Cordoba 20CM (solid top) sounded quiet and dead, even when compared to the Luna all laminates. They did not sound like an instrument to me, more like cheap toys. I tuned all of them before playing.

Now, this was when I was in your shoes - picking out my first ukulele. But I've played some Cordoba classical guitars in the past. I later just decided to buy a Makala MK-P from Amazon(sold by AustinBazaar), which played perfect and sounded decent, all for $47.

5 Ukuleles later looking back - I think you should get either a cheap-but-good one ($50-ish, Makala Dolphine, Pineapple, etc), or a good-value all-solid one that is set-up($150-$170ish from HMS/Elderly/Ukerepub). Of course, mainland's great as well, if you like the customization.

P.S. - If you spend $100 on an all laminate Cordoba 15CM, you might as well buy the Ohana solid top mahogany from Elderly - shipping is free and they do set up, and it is about $100 too.

06-12-2013, 11:13 AM
I have a soprano Mainland and a concert Kala. My Kala sounds great. This is the second Kala I have had.My first one was a tenor and a bit too big for me. This is a wonderful instrument and you will likely fall in love with it, so buy the best one you can afford instead of getting a cheapy. Ukes are inexpensive in the first place. You can get a decent uke for under $200. My advice is go to a music store and play them. Look for a local music store and not Guitar Center. The customer service is awful if you should have a problem. Good luck.