1. Size: Ukuleles come in three standard sizes ... Soprano, Concert and Tenor, (or smaller , medium and larger). These three sizes are all tuned and played the same. We see that almost all professionals and most men, and most guitar players prefer the Tenor. In Hawaii most middle school age young people and many ladies prefer the Concert. The Soprano is perfect for the younger set. YOUR RESULTS MAY VARY!
The Baritone is a separate class, is larger than the tenor and is tuned like the first four strings of the guitar, almost as a link between the Guitar and the Ukulele.
2. Budget: (In whispered tones). What are we willing to invest in art? Most important to consider is that we are inspired by our instrument choice, even if it is a well playing but inexpensive instrument.
3. Laminate or Solid: There are Laminates, Solid Top and All Solid Wood instruments. The better instruments tend to be either Solid Top or All Solid Wood instruments, however there is a lot of variation here. For instance, the laminate ISLANDERS tend to be an equal to many of the more expensive models.
4. All Acoustic or Acoustic Electric: If one anticipates performing or playing in a small combo BY ALL MEANS get a Uke with the option to plug in. For most players ... no need.
5. Wood Formula: Different woods create different tone colors. See our BLOG for more information on this!
6. Origin: Hawaii or other. "Made in Hawaii" reigns supreme in status among handmade ukuleles. However there are excellent ukes made all over the world and Bounty Music has carried ukuleles from at least eight different countries (Hawaii, Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, Mexico, Japan, Portugal and China) and several U.S. states. Indonesia and Vietnam have high reputations. We also see many Chinese made instruments of very high quality.
7. Taste: You as the ARTIST must be the ultimate arbitrator of all factors. Choose with your heart.