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Soprano Ukeleles – Buyer’s Guide!

Written by Owen Smith

There are many types of Ukuleles, which are lute family instruments. The options to choose from are soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone, and they come in a number of configurations including four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some ukulele string configurations are paired giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings.

List of Top-Rated Soprano Ukeleles

Product ImageProduct NameMore Information
1. Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele1. Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano UkuleleMore Information
2. Donner Soprano Ukulele Mahogany DUS-1 21 inch2. Donner Soprano Ukulele Mahogany DUS-1 21 inchMore Information
3. Lico Soprano Ukulele 21 inch3. Lico Soprano Ukulele 21 inchMore Information
4. Lohanu (LU-S) Soprano Ukelele4. Lohanu (LU-S) Soprano UkeleleMore Information
5. Luna Tattoo Mahogany Soprano Ukulele5. Luna Tattoo Mahogany Soprano UkuleleMore Information

Ukulele’s originated in Hawaii after Portuguese immigrants from Madeira and Azores brought the Portuguese Machete, which is a small lute instrument that is similar to a small guitar in structure. From Hawaii to the US, the Ukulele became a popular instrument at the dawn of the 20th century, and its popularity only increased over time.

Now let’s take a look at the five best soprano ukulele’s on the market today.

The Best Soprano Ukeleles Reviews

1. Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

This is the Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele made from mahogany with walnut wood.

Performance

The Kala KA-15S is an exceptional soprano Ukulele model, it were a classic design and built for all level of players. This Uke is made from mahogany wood and comes with a satin finish. The fingerboard is walnut wood, and the nut and saddle are crafted out of GraphTech NuBone®.

This model comes with a standard headstock, and the strings are Aquila Super Nylgut®. The overall dimensions are a 20.875” long instrument, so it’s one of the larger soprano ukuleles on the market and is perfectly suitable for youngsters and adults.

This model provides exceptionally clear tones, with great finger movement quality, and a smooth experience that suits soft young fingers.

Features

  • 20.875” long model
  • Mahogany Body for a rich soprano tone
  • Walnut fingerboard
  • GraphTech NuBone® nut and saddle
  • Aquila Super Nylgut® strings

Recommendations

This is an exceptional model and comes with some fine features, most prominent being its versatility for use in the hands of novices and professionals alike.

2. Donner Soprano Ukulele Mahogany DUS-1 21 inch

This is the Donner Soprano Ukulele Mahogany DUS-1 21” made from mahogany with rosewood.

Performance

The Donner DUS-1 Ukulele is an exceptional all-round uke. It is both a beginner model as well as a versatile professional ukelele for everyday use. This model is made from handcrafted mahogany wood and is built to last, with rosewood fingerboard and bridge and comes with their chrome-plated guitar style tuners.

The DUS-1 comes with 15 Brass Frets and has Fret position Marks set at 5th, 7th, and the 9th on the neck, with the 12th fret on top of the fingerboard.

This model is designed as a high-end instrument with wood that was carefully chosen and crafted to withstand moisture and tropical atmospheres, delivering perfect clear tones all the time.

Features

  • Traditional 21” Soprano Ukulele
  • Mahogany body and four carbon nylon string
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Donner patented chrome-plated guitar style tuners
  • 15 Brass Frets
  • Included in this package are a ukulele bag, ukulele strap, carbon nylon string, and digital clip-on tuner, ukulele picks as gifts.
  • This model provides you with a very clear yet rich tone, it has good clear vibe control, and the strings and frets are designed to be smooth and easy for use with young fingers.

Recommendations

This is a great package, and I personally recommend this to all novices that want to start out with a classic soprano uke.

3. Lico Soprano Ukulele 21 inch

This is the 21” Lico Soprano Ukulele made from Sapele (mahogany) wood.

Performance

This is a beginner’s uke and comes with some amazing features. To start off with, the Lico is a soprano ukulele that is 21” long, so it’s designed as a perfect fit for musicians of all ages. The body and sides are made from Sapele wood, which is a type of mahogany, this gives you rich and clear tones.

The Lico comes with 15 tuning gears and has a specially designed bridge that makes the frequency sampling smooth and rich. You also get top quality soft nylon strings and are designed for soft young hands as well as a hard performance from professional hard fingers and picks.

The frets are coated with an anti-corrosive coating; this prevents scratching and structural damage.

The bottom line is that this is a small, classic soprano guitar that is perfect for beginners and great for professionals.

Features

  • Classic 21” small size and lightweight.
  • Hook-in strap.
  • Sapele wood construction with

Recommendations

A great beginner kit provides you with a rich and clear tone.

4. Lohanu (LU-S) Soprano Ukelele

This is the 24” Lohanu (LU-S) Soprano Ukelele made from Sapele Mahogany wood.

Performance

When it comes to exceptional deals, the Lohanu LU-S is one of the leading soprano ukuleles in the business. This large package, the largest size for a soprano uke, is designed for children aged 9 years and up.

The LU-S is made from Sapele mahogany wood and comes with a rosewood fingerboard, handmade ABS bindings and chrome die-cast tuning gears with Aquila Nylgut® strings. This combination of materials and design provide an easy to manage to learn uke with perfect pitch and tone.

This package comes with a high-quality soprano ukulele, an electronic tuning device with batteries, a uke carry bag that is rugged and water resistant, as well as a sturdy ukulele strap and two picks,

Features

  • 24” Sapele wood soprano Ukelele
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Aquila Nylgut® strings
  • Electronic tuner
  • Bag, straps, and picks

Recommendations

This is an extremely convenient kit, with a lot of accessories and is another exceptional beginner’s buy. As a 24” uke it is more suitable as an instrument for novices to learn on.

5. Luna Tattoo Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

This is the Luna Tattoo Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Performance

The Luna Tatoo is a unique instrument in the world of Uke’s, it is designed for beauty as well as for performance, and comes with the simplest of lines, but the expressive design and perfect cord harmonics.

This is their soprano model and has a 13 ½” scale length that sits perfectly in young and old hands alike. The body comes with traditional Hawaiian ornamentation that is laser crafted into the wood using a darker wood inlay into the lighter mahogany body. The pattern is a classic Hawaiian design that shows off the sea, the waves, the mountains and life in Hawaii.

The mahogany body with rosewood fretboard combines in perfect harmony to deliver rich and clear tones. There are 12 frets, and the nut is made from OEM graphite, and the MOP inlays are made from actual shark teeth. The tuners are an open gear in design, and the knobs and hardware are made from chrome and pearl with a rosewood bridge and a natural satin finish.

Features

  • Quality tattoo laser-etched design
  • Expressive Mahogany top
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Exclusive soprano size

Recommendations

This is a professional model, sure you can learn on it, but its built for performance, and provides the ultimate combination of design, simplicity and performance grade tones.

How To Pick a Soprano Ukulele?

The original ukulele was the soprano. The soprano uke is the smallest instrument in the family and it comes in a length that ranges between the 13” small (and popular) to the 21” used frequently by new students to the instrument.

The soprano ukulele is considered to be the original light sound associated with many songs, and famous uke players such as Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, the late and famous Hawaii’s best uke player that came to fame with his amazing rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “what a wonderful life,” and over the rainbow.

Some Buying Tips

Solid woods vs. laminated wood

Budget-friendly models will come in laminated wood, while the higher end and professional models will be made from all wood construction. Laminated wood has an advantage over all natural wood in that it is stronger and less prone to the splitting and cracking. However, the all wood models a have a more resonant sound that delivers a richer and mellower tone.

The natural woods used in Ukulele construction include:

  • Koa is a native Hawaii wood and is dense. This was the traditional wood of choice for ukuleles. It is still considered the wood of choice and brings beautiful grain patterns, a wide range of colors, and balanced tone.
    Acacia is botanically related to Koa, delivers similar properties and is considered to be the alternative to Koa instruments.
  • Mahogany is usually sued for the neck and is a growing global tree so much more popular in most models for price and design variations.
  • Spruce has sprung up in recent times and is very popular with guitar makers. Spruce has a dense grain and produces loud, bright tones.
  • Cedar is a soft wood and delivers a mellow tone; these are popular for tenor and baritone ukuleles.
  • Redwood is very popular and is placed between spruce and cedar for tone, although it gives a warmer and clearer tone than both.
  • Rosewood is mainly used in fretboards and is a dense, hardwood that adds color and design appeal.

There are many more woods being used, but these are the main and most popular ones.

Acoustic-electric ukuleles:

Just like all lute family instruments, you will find electric ukuleles too, and these come with a variety of electronic components integrated into their bodies. In most cases, these are uke’s come with an onboard preamplifier to an external amplifier or sound system.

Money for Value

Don’t skimp out on your first ukulele, if you intend to buy one to learn on you need to consider that buying cheap will reduce your chances of learning to play significantly. What you will also get when you invest in a quality item are exotic woods and materials that enhance the sound, some nice cosmetic features that make the uke nice to look at as well as play. You get solid wood and in some instances electronics for connecting to an amp. The bottom line is that in Ukulele’s there is little room for movement, so the more you spend, the better the uke.

However, you don’t need to buy a custom built uke, what you need to do is just avoid cheap ukuleles that deliver construction issues, structural integrity, loos fitments, bad sting alignments, and cheap materials. If you buy a really cheap ukulele, you will end up being discouraged and will end up throwing it away in frustration.

Soprano

A final word about soprano ukulele’s, they are the tinkly models, and some people find their tone not as rich as a baritone or tenor model. Don’t be discouraged, the soprano model is the original ukulele model and is made for a specific musical score. I always recommend starting with a soprano to fully appreciate the performance of uke and then move onto other models.

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