How is a ukulele worth?
The most important thing to consider before buying a new ukulele is that it should fit comfortably. I have no doubt that many people will be disappointed if they find that the guitar’s back and sides fit more properly and won’t fit on their guitar with any kind of difficulty. This should not stop you buying a ukulele.
The cheapest ukulele that I know of is the Les Paul Fender Jazz Bass that sells for about £300 in the U.K. The Les Paul Fender Jazz Bass comes bundled with the Fender Precision Bass pickups and the same standard five-way pickups, and in all other aspects is similar to the Gibson SG. The only difference between the two guitars is that the Fender Bass has a black, plastic pickguard and a solid black body. However, the Fender Jazz Bass has an ash body with a maple back and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard. This does appear to be another guitar to avoid at all costs with the best sound being a white Gibson SG (black body, clear top).
Also note that these are used ukuleles and prices will have gone up. This is a fair indication that you need to compare the prices. As a rule of thumb, we would estimate that the most expensive ukulele will be about £400 (about $500 USD) and the cheapest about £350.
A great feature of the ukulele is that it has no neck. This is of course very nice when you are looking to improve your playing. Many players prefer the feel and tuning of a necked instrument over a fretless or fretted instrument but there are also great ukes that come with a solid neck. A great example is the ukulele from Fender that had no necks but rather a solid maple one that offered excellent intonation and sound. This is because many people do not play with their necks at all while at the same time, they need to feel in tune with their instrument just to play it. The fretted version of the Jazz Bass from the 1960s was particularly brilliant as the strings sat flush against the body.
Most ukulele models include a pickguard and a bridge, but they all differ in style, shape and price. Some are not designed to have a pickguard by default with some being made to fit either a plastic or metal pickguard. A ukulele that is too expensive or
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