Soprano Ukulele Reviews: Here’s a guide to the Soprano Ukulele, and reviews of the best ones available for you.
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Recommended Soprano Ukuleles
Soprano Ukuleles for beginners and professionals are available from a range of brands, including Tanglewood, Gear4music and Stagg. Here are some of the bestselling Soprano Ukuleles available on the market:
Lanikai LU21 Nato Soprano
The Lanikai LU series of Ukuleles is quite popular among beginner players.
The LU21 Soprano looks beautiful. Its top, back and sides are made of Nato (tonewood from the far east with similar properties to mahogany) that produces a warm and bright sound. Clean simple design, good projection of the sound.
Hola! HM-21 Soprano Ukulele
Perfect for beginners who want to start playing the Ukulele. Its good looking, available in various colours, and despite the very low price, its not a toy but a nice playing uke.
Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele
The Kala KA-15S offers better sound quality and great playability, at a reasonable price. Its a terrific uke for beginners or for four-string strumming professionals. The fretwork is very good, considering the price range.
Cordoba 15SM Soprano Ukulele
The Cordoba 15SM features a mahogany top, back and sides, and has an elegant, old world appearance. Its Completely handmade, and an exceptional ukulele for both beginners as well as enthusiasts. It’s beautiful, expensive looking, but easy to play.
Here are some more soprano uke models, for the experienced players.
Cordoba 25SK Soprano Ukulele
Solid acacia top, solid acacia back, completely handmade, comes with a Cordoba soprano sized gig bag.
Kala KA-SMHS Solid Mahogany Soprano Ukulele
Kala KA-SMHS soprano ukulele features solid mahogany top, back, and sides. Die-cast tuning machines, great tone and playability.
What Are They Like?
You may probably be aware that ther are various types of Ukulele, but the soprano ukulele happens to be the most popular ukulele around the world. Soprano ukes are also the smallest in size, in the the uke family.
These are the most common type, and also the smallest. These are popular for its bright sound that is so commonly associated with ukuleles. And because these are small, it’s also a perfect companion when traveling.
The pitch produced by the Soprano Uke is the highest (because of the smaller size) and its neck is the shortest. Most soprano ukes come with four strings only, and is usually tuned to the G-C-E-A arrangement.
Soprano Ukuleles are quite common in schools, and you can also see them used by performers on stages across the country.
- Length: Around 21″
- Tuning: GCEA, ADF#B
- Number of frets: 12-15
Checkout this video to see how a soprano uke sounds like.
Build & Sound
These could be made of wood or a combination of wood & part plastic, and compared to the other types of ukuleles these are also usually the cheapest.
- These are compact, lightweight, and very portable. Children find it very easy to travel with these (for music lessons)
- Design and chord position makes it perfect for beginners of all ages
- Because these are quite popular music instruments, a wide variety of styles and prices are available
- Sound from this ukulele is clearly audible, even in noisy environments
- People with larger hands/fingers may take time to get used to the smaller size. If you have large fingers, you may have trouble playing this ukulele because the frets are closer to each other
- Like most instruments, the first time you change the strings, they may feel a little stiff and difficult to adapt, but it sorts out as you play it more.
- The strings also have lesser tension, so you could accidentally bend a string (on the cheaper models) and make it out of tune
- You may need to replace the plain strings that come along with a new purchase
In spite of these downsides (which are mostly minor), these are quite popular because they are affordable and sound crisp.
There are many guitarists who would like to buy a uke, and are not sure whether to go in for tenor or a soprano. The fact is that you may start on any, as over time, you could end up buying both. However, a soprano sounds jangly and has lot more bite.