Looking for good, playable tenor ukuleles under $200?
It’s not hard at all to find surprising good tenor ukuleles under $200. In fact, you can spend only around $100 and still get a very acceptable instrument.
Whenever I start up a new uke class, I get twenty emails asking “What ukulele should I buy?” And the underlying sentiment is, can I buy a cheap ukulele or do I have to spend a lot of money?
Now if you want a ukulele that’s a step up but still not crazy expensive, here’s a nice video overview from the folks at Hawaii Music Supply. As stated above, there are plenty of playable ukes for way less than $200 (and plenty of reasons to have one), but if you’re at all serious, it’s nice to get an a serious instrument.
(I think a very decent starter uke is this little Lanikai, available from Amazon. It comes with a case and a tuner (very important!) and is generally reliable and musical).
In the video:
Quick comparisons of these tenor ukuleles under $200:
- Luna TT (I’ve been seeing a lot of Luna ukes lately–people seem to really like ’em)
- Kala TEM
- Gretsch 9120–UPDATE: I just got play one of these for the first time. Very pleasant surprise. A big, full sound and really nice under the fingers. The Amazon reviews are excellent, too.
- Islander MT-4
- Kala TG
- Cordoba 20TM
- Fender Hau’oli
- Kala PWT
- Kala STG
My hunch is the differences will be hard to detect on typical computer speakers, so listen with headphone and see what you think!
(By the way, the links go out to Amazon–and most of these ukes come in at quite a bit under $200).
Which one would you buy? Leave a comment and let’s fight it out.
Other articles to help you find a good, cheap ukulele:
- Why You Should Always Have at Least ONE Cheap Ukulele. Click here to read the article. You can spend just 30-50 dollars and not need to feel shame.
- Comparing a Cheap Makala Ukulele vs $5000 Vintage Martin 3k Ukulele
- Good cheap ukuleles for beginners
- 3 super-cheap ukes I specifically recommend in my classes; and, just for fun:
- The most expensive ukulele in the world