Tools for the Task: Soprano Ukes Under $300

If you haven’t joined the ukulele craze, say “aloha” to these 10 sopranos and let the good times begin.

Kala

KA-SEM Exotic Mahogany
Mahogany is used for the neck, top, back, and sides of this soprano, which also features a GraphTech NuBone nut and saddle, an amber-satin finish, and a walnut fretboard.
$99 street
kalabrand.com  

CORDOBA

15SM
This uke’s all-mahogany construction is intended to deliver full, rich sound, and features include an abalone rosette, ABS binding, and a sleek satin finish.
$89 street
cordobaguitars.com  

LUNA

Vintage Mahogany with PreampOutfitted with a UK-T2 preamp and onboard tuner, this uke features mahogany for the body and walnut for the bridge and fretboard.
$99 street
lunaguitars.com  

MAGIC FLUKE

Flea
With 3-ply Australian hoop pine for the top and acoustically resonant thermoplastic for the body, these colorful ukes offer easy playability with plenty of personality.
$225 street
magicfluke.com
 

MAHALO

Java Series MJ1TBK-U
These ukes incorporate Indonesian rosewood for the fretboard and bridge, nyatoh for the arched-back body, and are outfitted with NuBone XB bridge saddles.
$42 street
mahalo-ukulele.com  

PONO

AS
Solid acacia for the top, back, and sides, and ebony for the fretboard and bridge compliment the rope-marquetry rosette and bone nut and saddle on this soprano.
$299 street
koolauukulele.com  

IBANEZ

UEWS5
The cutaway and C-shape neck makes for even easier access to all frets on this mahogany uke, while the abalone rosette and chrome open-gear tuners provide some nani.
$99 street
ibanez.com  

LANIKAI

SPST-S
This morado-body uke has a solid spruce top for good projection and punchy tone, and features include a NuBone XB nut and saddle.
$189 street
lanikaiukuleles.com  

ALVAREZ

AU90S
Utilizing a modified take on traditional fan-style bracing to optimize response, this uke also features a solid rosewood bridge and a bone nut and saddle.
$179 street
alvarezguitars.com  

GRETSCH

G9100
Pearloid dot inlays and open-gear tuners provide a classic look, while a genuine bone nut and saddle assist with resonance for this mahogany top, back, and sides uke.
$99 street
gretschguitars.com

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