By Rob Millard, Sept 2012
When buying a cheap beginner's ukulele, there are a few key things to look for:
So which is the best? I've picked the Vintage VUK20N which you can buy from Amazon as part of a pack that includes a gig bag, tuning pipes and a felt plectrum, all for £22.58
In addition, it's user review scores are good, averaging a 4.5 star rating. It also has a fairly significant number of reviews (57 at the time of publishing) which adds more assurance that it is of good quality. It's made from decent wood with a mahogany body, and a number of user reviews reference the excellent finish given the value for money. It's available in a natural finish as seen above, or in Hula Blue as well.
All in all, I think that this makes it the best deal compared to other ukes in this price range.
If you've got a little more budget and are more serious about playing uke, you could consider paying £34.75 for the upgraded version of the VUK20N. It still comes with a bag and pitch pipes, but has also been checked over by a technician which means the build quality will likely be better, and it has been fitted with Aquila strings. Strings are the best way to make a budget ukulele sound significantly better, so this is likely to be a good upgrade if you can spare the extra £10.
Are there any other options? Ashton produce a similarly priced uke with similar features at £18.99, but user reviews seem less favourable and it doesn't include the number of accessories that come with the Vintage.