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Things To Consider When Purchasing A Uke

The first thing any buyer must decide before purchasing a uke (or any instrument for that matter) is how much they are willing to spend. That answer, of course, will have to come from you. Now you may think that goes without saying, of course you know your budget better than anyone. Who knows your finances better than you? However, there might be a few things to consider before you settle on a budget.


How Much Should I Spend?

Many of our fans are familiar with the wonderful musical properties of the ukulele. After all, there’s nothing that quite beats that feeling of taking home a new ukulele for the first time and playing your favorite songs. After a while there comes a time when you get that itch to continue your musical journey with this instrument. There are so many great ukes out there after all! So what do you do if you find yourself looking for a new ukulele?

First ask yourself these questions:

Are you going to be playing this instrument for a long time?

Are you serious about learning the ukulele or will this be a test to see if you like it first?

How important is sound quality to you?

How important are looks?

Are the materials used to make the instrument important to you?

Will you want to purchase a case or accessories after you get this instrument?

Does this uke need to have a pick up?

The Kala Ziricote pictured on top of some delicious coffee beans

What’s Most Important Is What's Important To You

These are all questions you should consider before purchasing as they will directly affect the budget necessary for your decision. If you plan on playing a ukulele for a long time it may be worth getting a nicer instrument that you will enjoy for years to come. If you’re testing to see if this instrument is for you then you may want to get a more inexpensive model and upgrade once you’re ready to move up. Our instruments are all designed to look and sound as good as we can make them, but we also offer a variety of price points and sound variances to suit a plethora of different tastes. Different materials have different prices and adding a pickup to your instrument often will slightly add to the cost of a product. At Kala we do our best to stay in tune with our fan/customer base and this has lead us to create the most diverse ukulele catalogue in the world with the hopes of making something for everyone no matter the price point. We’ve listened to suggestions and have even more unique and quality products coming out in the upcoming years. Stay tuned for our next installment of this 3 part series where we’ll go over the benefits of different wood types.

Thanks for reading Kala fans and have a terrific holiday!

Let us know how you approach instrument shopping and if you’re a seasoned uke purchaser, what are some of your own tips when considering which model to add to your uke locker?

December 13, 2017 by Nicholas Cafiero