Aloha . Beginner Baritone .

kaimuki

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Aloha !

I was recently inspired by some You Tube videos to get a baritone ukulele .
As a total beginner don't think I can justify the all wood cedar rosewood Ohana BK-50G .
So , looking at the BK-50ME , cedar wood top ebony laminate sides and back .
Any other wood top , laminate sides to consider ?
Or all wood cedar top rosewood sides and back ?
Looking at this wood combo because I like the classic guitar sound .

Mahalo .
 

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Cool!

The MOST important thing to know is that the chord NAMES are the same . . . A G chord is a G chord . . . BUT the shapes are different. So “what are the baritone chords for…”. Same as for Uke, Mando, Guitar, Piano, or kazoo band… :)

As for which? The MOST important thing about a Uke is that you enjoy playing it and that it inspires you to play more. I like the mid-line Kala’s with a solid top and laminated sides. Cedar has a mellower sound than spruce. If you can, play a few to see what you like.
 

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Welcome Kaimuki! Take a look at the Kala solid spruce top laminate mahogany back and sides. good price and nice sound for the money.
 

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Welcome to the UU Forum Kaimuki!

I'm afraid I don't play baritone, so I can't advise you on Bari models. Enjoy whatever you get.
 

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Welcome to the UU forums @kaimuki . I don't spend much time on the baritone, but I would advise not worrying too much about getting a solid wood instrument. Baritones with solid tops and laminate sides and back can sound very nice at very reasonable prices.
 

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Thanks ; that's very helpful .
I just came across an Islander Super Tenor with Lower G on the net that looks/sounds interesting .
So I will consider Tenor also but leaning toward Baritone .
 

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Oh, and you will benefit from having the uke properly set up. The baritone I first had came with very high action at the neck.
 
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Thanks ; that's very helpful .
I just came across an Islander Super Tenor with Lower G on the net that looks/sounds interesting .
So I will consider Tenor also but leaning toward Baritone .
Make sure it's a super tenor because of the scale length (longer than 17") and not because it has a wider or deeper body. All three have been called "Super tenors" by various luthiers and companies.
 

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Since you are complete beginner, maybe starting with Low G Tenor is better for you. You can find more resources (tutorial and tabs) for Low G/High G. Also in the future it's very easy to switch to Baritone, you can play any Low G arrangement with the same fretting on Baritone, except the pitch is different.
 

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I had a Kala KA-ZCT-B laminate that sounded great and was gorgeous too. Certainly not the cheapest entry level instrument but a good deal if you also want the looks.
 

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Welcome to UU. I can't play a bari, but they sure work well for clawhammer!