I have put together a list of the 5 important things to consider when purchasing a ukulele:

  • SizeTape_measure_colored

Knowing which size ukulele you want should be your first point of call. The most common type is the Soprano but I suggest speaking to us or having a read through this blog so you are aware of the different sizes and how they can affect the playability and tone of the uke. If you are someone that has bigger fingers then you may want to look at the concert, tenor or baritone ukulele’s as these have bigger frets, allowing you more room when playing.


  • BudgetPound-Sign

After establishing which sized uke you want you will need to consider the price. I think it is important to set a budget to suit what kind of playing you are going to be doing; you don’t want to spend over the odds on something if you just want to play for a bit of fun or if you are completely new to the uke. A lot of beginner soprano ukulele’s are around the £20 mark and they range up to the £100’s.


  • Acoustic or Electro-AcousticElectoUke

OK, so you now have set your budget and know what size you want. The next thing to consider is whether you want an electro-acoustic uke or just an acoustic. I would only recommend an electro-acoustic one if you were thinking of gigging or plugging into an amplifier, if not then there really is no need to consider it as they are more expensive and you will lose slight tonal qualities resonating from the body because of the pickup being placed inside.


  • Tuning Pegs

uketuners3Hopefully now you will be able to narrow your search down to a few that you like the look of. An important thing that you should find out (email or call us if you are unsure) is whether the tuning pegs (machine heads) are good quality. The tuning pegs have a big affect on whether the ukulele stays in tune consistently and I think it is important to know that what you are buying will hold its tune as you will be left highly frustrated if every time you play it goes out tune straight away. I really feel that the tuning pegs will have a great affect on the ukulele and it is key to enjoy playing; If you are unsure on the quality of tuning pegs then feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help.


  • Accessories

pitch pipeAfter deciding on your ukulele the final thing to think about is accessories. A lot of ukuleles come with a gig bag, but if not you may want to consider one whether for storage or transporting. A tuner is quite essential whether it be a clip on one or a pitch pipe. You may also want a stand so when you aren’t playing you can rest your uke in pride of place. A plectrum might be an ideal accessory to use rather than using your fingers.



You may also be interested in the 3 best starter ukulele’s or my full guide to the ukulele.

If you have any questions or would like any advice on any products then please feel free to contact us on 01283 535 333 option 1 or email sales@normans.co.uk

Thanks, Jack

About the author

Jack is the Sales & Marketing Manager at Normans Musical Instruments and has been in this post since September 2012 after Graduating from University with a degree in Music. Jack's expertise is in guitars, technology and live sound although he does have a very well rounded knowledge of all aspects of Music.




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  • Ryan williams 24/03/2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hi im a guitar player and singer and im thinking of getting a ukulele I want to spend around £100 at the most and I want the largest sized uke you can get,how many sizes are there ? and what model ukes are the best for staying in tune ? I don’t mind spending more as long as it stays in tune