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    Default Cheap Ukes?

    What's the cheapest ukelele worth having? I'm unemployed at the moment and dying to find something cheap or free. I'm sure I'll probably have to wait until a job comes along before I can get anything, but I was too curious not to ask.

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    I bought my first uke after getting laid off this winter, it's a good way to pass the time between sending out CVs. I bought a Hilo, not the cheapest one, which is around $25, but the next one up which is closer to $40. I restrung it with Aquilas and I have to say, it keeps it's tone pretty well. I would not recommend Mahalos. I bought one of the ones that have the fruit decals on it, less to play, more for decoration and even with better strings it never stays in tune, always sounds like a toy.
    I've since picked up a Stagg, a Fluke and a Pono, so I guess it's good I got a job, eh?

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    +1. my hilo i think was around the $30-$40 mark. I restrung it with some martin strings and it is so much better than before!
    Cliff Rock - I have a severe ukulele learning disability

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    I have found the KALA KA-S mahogany soprano restrung with Aquilas (it came with GHS, OK but not great) to be a great sounding first uke. I have tried low G on it, sounds nice, but I'm putting high G back on it and buying a KALA KA-ST spruce top tenor with low G to play until I get back to Kaneohe in the spring to try out the Pono instruments.

    I got it for $40 at Harry's in Kaimuki.

    ah.clem

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    My first was a Johnson uk-120 39$ and with the new strings is sounds pretty good.
    I have a couple of the Kala KA-S I paid 59$each for them and with stock strings they had a much better sound better than my Johnson I replaced the strings on both those and it made them sound even better.
    I'll still play the Johnson every so often just because.

    I'd tell anyone looking for a inexpencive starter uke to go with the Kala KA-S.
    Ukulele, the most fun I've had being bad at something!!!

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    Lanikai LU-21!

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    Quote Originally Posted by upskydowncloud View Post
    Lanikai LU-21!
    WHOOOOOO
    so many people have these haha wait ... i think we have same anyways :d

    Makala's are cheap these days, and great sound!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuLeLesReggAe View Post
    WHOOOOOO
    so many people have these haha wait ... i think we have same anyways :d

    Makala's are cheap these days, and great sound!
    I'm all for the Lanikai', my curly koa model is really nice too!

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    I started on an Ohana SK-10. $39 bucks and stayed in tune!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuLeLesReggAe View Post
    WHOOOOOO
    so many people have these haha wait ... i think we have same anyways :d

    Makala's are cheap these days, and great sound!
    i second the makalas by a lot, throw some aquilas on there and theyre awesome, I like it just as much if not better than my kala ka-st which cost 3 times as much

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