• What size ukulele is right for you?

    If your parents or grandparents played ukulele, they probably played a soprano.

    The soprano is the original or classic ukulele and the smallest, usually about 21 inches long.

    The pineapple ukulele is typically an oval version of the classic soprano that was invented and made popular in Hawaii.

    The concert ukulele is possibly the most popular ukulele today, accounting for about 40% of ukuleles sold. Many people like the slightly larger size of the concert uke, typically about 25 inches. The larger sound chamber also makes for a somewhat louder ukulele while still being conveniently small and portable.

    The tenor ukulele is favoured by many of the better known ukulele performers, at least for big gigs. As you can guess they have a stronger resonance than a smaller uke. The fret board is also more comfortable for people with bigger hands.

    The baritone ukulele is the largest in the family and is the only ukulele that is tuned differently, being tuned similar to a guitar DGBE, for that reason a lot of guitar players get hooked on these very quickly.

    The banjolele or banjo-uke originally became popular during the days of Vaudeville, before amplification. The distinct tone of these little marvels could carry through a large hall. A banjo-uke can be any size. No serious ukulele collection is complete without one.

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