Ukulele Buying for Beginners


Dr. Lloyd Takao serves as a family physician serving individuals in the greater Orinda, California area. Outside his professional life, Dr. Lloyd Takao enjoys several leisure activities, including playing the ukulele.

For beginning ukulele players, it’s important to to understand what one gets for the money when buying a ukulele. For those interested in learning, it’s entirely possible to purchase an affordable instrument without breaking the bank.

The cheaper ukuleles typically range around the $50 price point, and the price goes up from there, with some ukuleles being very expensive. For the beginner, anywhere between the $50 and $200 range is acceptable. These instruments produce a good sound and aren’t prohibitively expensive.

The more expensive ukuleles are typically constructed with real, solid wood instead of a laminate or plastic body. Different woods produce sounds in different ways, and use of the more exotic woods are what drive the price up on more expensive instruments. The pricier models also tend to have more handmade or custom components, such as pearl inlays and the like.

There are lots of factors that determine the price of a ukulele. But for the beginner, the less-expensive models aren’t significantly inferior and are more than capable for beginners.