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    Default Looking for a cheap beginner uke

    I recently showed my friend my ukulele and taught him some simple songs and now he wants one for himself!

    What would you guys recommend for a cheap beginner uke? Not anything spectacular just something that has decent tone and stays in tune.

    I was looking at a soprano from MGM
    http://tinyurl.com/6m7qwb

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    Default first uke

    My first two ukes were a Kala pineapple and an Oscar Schmidt OE3 (concert size) both around $80 on ebay, brand new...

    the oscar schmidt was a better quality construction but the high bridge made it a little more rough on the fingers to play.

    ***I really like the Kala brand for a first uke.

    If your friend is seriously interested, go with a Bushman Jenny... for the price, AWESOME.

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    Thanks for the reply but i don't think he would be willing to spend that much just yet :S

    I'm sure that after he gets his first uke he'll be saving for a more expensive one right away! =D

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    You can't go wrong with a uke from MGM.

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    My first ukulele was a Kala Soprano (KA-S)... Still possibly my favorite, after buying several others, all of which cost more.

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    If you want a cheap reliable soprano, Musician's Friend and MGM have great ones. I ordered a friend a Oscar Schmidt OU2 soprano from Musicians Friend for 60 dollars and I'm teaching him some lessons and basics.

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    My sister bought one at Costco for $30 and I was amazed at how decent it was. When she upgrades, she's going to give it to me so I have a uke in my car, so I can practice at red lights, (my 5 ukes were $100. and up....I don't want to carry them in a hot car...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulady View Post
    My sister bought one at Costco for $30 and I was amazed at how decent it was. When she upgrades, she's going to give it to me so I have a uke in my car, so I can practice at red lights, (my 5 ukes were $100. and up....I don't want to carry them in a hot car...)
    If its the cascade concert size....a good buy. I have that one and it sounds great for the money. I restrung it with aquilas (that came on my Kanile'a) and she is bright and beautiful. Hmm....might have to break her out later this morning for a song or two.
    Haha. No, your mother plays a "mini guitar". This is an ooo kooo le le. Can u say that with me?.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
    I recently showed my friend my ukulele and taught him some simple songs and now he wants one for himself!

    What would you guys recommend for a cheap beginner uke? Not anything spectacular just something that has decent tone and stays in tune.

    I was looking at a soprano from MGM
    http://tinyurl.com/6m7qwb
    nice ukulele i want a soprano... but a better one than a mahalo LOL go for this

    wonder what it sounds like..

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    Check out the Ohana SK-10 as well. Good quality, nice tone and very affordable. LagunaUku has one too (check him out elsewhere on the forums). Both Kala and Ohana are reliable brands, can't go wrong with either.

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