The popular budget ukulele brand, Mahalo, has a quirky economy uke called the U-30. This model is popular for two main reasons: its price and its availabilty in a range of trendy colors. But is it worth the (small) price? Read on for our opinion, and a run-through of the features.
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Here is a video review
Features of the Mahalo U-30
The following lists some of the specifications of this model:
- The U-30 is a beginners uke. It is geared price-wise and feature-wise to the novice. It is certainly a nice introduction to the world of ukuleles, just don’t expect an amazing instrument.
- It is available in a range of colors including green (the most popular), black, blue, light blue, pink, red, yellow, orange and purple. With all these choices, you’ll find a color to suit your tastes!!
- Whichever color you choose, the uke comes with a nice color-matched gig bag, used for taking it wherever you are going.
- It has geared tuners that are guitar-styled, allowing for non-fidgety tuning.
- This is soprano sized, i.e. the small, commonest size of uke. Ideal for most beginners and giving that characteristic sound.
- The bridge and fingerboard is made from maple that have been stained in ebony black. Maple neck and body stained in various colors.
Benefits of this Cheap Soprano Ukulele Include:
- Affordability – When compared to other soprano models on the market, the U-30 is quite affordable; coming in at around 20 bucks as a guide. This makes it cheap introduction to the instrument and increases the accessibility for those strapped for cash.
- Cheap price makes it ideal for the beginner or as a spare uke, e.g. to bring travelling or to parties.
- Also suitable for classrooms and playgroup learning.
- Chord strumming – There is a natural feeling that you will get from strumming this particular model. Furthermore, it can be used to produce a wide range of sounds which includes the soft Hawaiian style intonation, to something more forceful and punchy.
Downsides of this Model
- It’s an economy model! It uses basic materials to keep costs down. Don’t expect great quality, but it is certainly very playable. Much better by comparison to toy ukes, but nowhere near as good as, say, a Lanikai.
- It comes with poor strings. Best to upgrade to some Aquila strings, for a dramatic improvement in sound.
The model gets overall positive reports on amazon, with a 4.5 star rating. Comments include:
“Nice little instrument, came with own cover, looks and sounds fine. Very competitively priced, an excellent choice for a beginner, easy to play”
“…really surpassed what I would expect for the price. I gave the Mahalo U-30 five stars because I think it would compare favorably to some that cost five times as much.”
“Basically, if you are a musician this may not be the right choice, but for young folks (children) and complete novice adults it’s a great start and for short, short money.”
So, in summary the he Mahalo U-30 soprano ukulele is a very affordable and decent quality uke. It is ideal for beginners, young and old alike. If you are already a musician, e.g. you play the guitar, you may find that spending a few extra dollars on another brand may be a better idea.
Head over to amazon to read more about this model, by clicking this link… and remember there are LOTS of colors available! You or your child is guaranteed to find a style to suit your taste.