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.


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  


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  


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  


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


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  


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  


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  


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  


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  


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

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