One of the main reasons for the Ukulele’s popularity is its price.
A cheap Ukulele is still an instrument you can learn to play relatively quickly, and also give you a lot of fun.
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The ukulele has been developed/improved over the years, and different materials have been tried out to find the best sound, so today you can find ukuleles in all price ranges.
Many people buy cheap ukuleles as a starting instrument, or to check whether they like the instrument or not.
A low-priced Ukulele can be fine, but the strings are often also cheap, and perhaps of poor quality. If you change the strings to a better quality, the cheap Ukulele can be quite OK, and an instrument you can have a lot of fun with for years.
Remember to use the correct strings. Check the article on how to tune a ukulele or ukulele string names and you will find the right strings.
If you have a standard Ukulele you can decide whether you want it C or D tuned. For a beginner we would recommend a C tuning as we think it is easier to play and it is the most common these days.
For tips to improve your cheap Ukulele you also can read this post from Instructables.com.
On the link you can read about changing strings, how to oil the ukulele and tuning.
In addition, we would like to mention that if there is a bzz sound when you play one, or more, of the strings, you can correct this by placing something under the saddle so that the strings do not hit the fretboard when they vibrate. Loosen the strings, put something thin under the saddle and tighten and tune the ukulele.
If you’re lucky, and you might be, the strings on a cheap Ukulele might be good enough that you won’t need to change them.
The Ukulele prices
A cheap Standard Soprano Ukulele can cost about 20 to 30 $. You also might find them for a lower price. The price often reflect the quality, but it can be OK to start with a low-priced Ukulele so you can try it out. Later on, you can buy a more expensive when you have found out that this really is the instrument for you. And you will probably come to that point! By the way, many Ukulele players have several 🙂
You can of course find a good cheap Ukulele, or Soprano/Standard Ukulele, that most people buy. Even a cheap Concert Ukulele, a Tenor Ukulele or a low priced acoustic/electric Ukulele. If it is not provided with a bag or case, you can also find a cheap ukulele case/gig bag for sale.
Here you have a link to Amazon for cheap ukulele.
Another place for buying cheap ukulele is AliExpress.
The Ukulele materials
You must also remember that there is a difference in the sound if the ukulele is made of laminate or real wood. Real wood ukuleles are normally more expensive. The type of wood, mahogany, rosewood or whatever, also has an impact on the sound.
Here’s a $20 Ukulele vs $1000 Ukulele Comparison
If you want a left-handed Ukulele, just put the strings on in reverse order, or you can buy a dedicated left-handed Ukulele. Read our post about left-handed Ukulele.
The low-priced ukuleles are often low in price because the materials are of low quality. The strings, wood, tuning pegs, bridge and so on can be of cheap material. The instrument can also be manufactured in a “cheap” country. But in most cases they can be very playable and give you a lot of fun.
It is perfectly normal to buy a cheap ukulele.
For how to add new strings, watch this video.
Finally, here you have another one. (The advertisements in this video are not from our site.)
Or watch the video on the bottom in the article about Ukulele String Names.
What about 8 strings?
Enjoy your Ukulele!
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