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Kadence Ukuleles Reviews – Bargain Prices

This brand is particularly easy on the wallet, which may explain why I have 3 of them. Or it may just be my UAD aka Ukulele Acquisition Disorder.

Just because that are cheap does not mean they are junk – rather they are value priced. If you are looking for quality finish, look elsewhere. If you are a beginner, these are have a nice sound and are easy to play due to their low action. This is great for beginners as well people with limited hand strength as not much pressure is required to make chords. If you like to take a ukulele with you – I take one everywhere – these are a good deal as you don’t need to worry about bumps and dings because at their price-point you could just replace the instrument.

None of mine arrived with set-up issues nor sharp frets. All three are concert sized. The Kadence logo on the head stock looks like vinyl stickers and unfortunately cheapens the overall appearance. Each on came with a case which is quite flimsy and basically a dust cover. If you play a lot, they won’t have time to collect dust. Each has 14 frets on the neck plus 4 more on the body for a total of 18 frets. There are fret markers on the fingerboard at 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15 but no side markers.

Let’s start with my less favorite and then move to middle one and then to my favorite of this bunch.

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.

Spruce wood

This one is advertised as having a spruce wood top. It appears to be pressed wood with a spruce colored paint job. This sound hole is not cut well and is rough and jagged. There is a tastefully simple rosette around the sound hole. The black trim and fret board are painted black as I can see some minor paint drips. The back is quite pretty. Most of the finish issues are only seen upon close inspection.

The sound is decent and better than expected. I am happy overall with it.

Would I buy it again? Probably not. I bought it because of it’s low price and while I do not regret my purchase, I think the next 2 are a better deal.

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Both of these next two ukes have the electric option which works fine. The only complaint I have is that they use a 9-volt battery which adds unneeded weight to the instruments. Pictures/Videos coming soon.


Ash Top – Walnut Back


I selected this one for the ash walnut wood combination. The finish is so much better on this model. It has the same sound hole decal but the hole is well cut and no jagged edges. I did not find any paint drips either. The walnut back is very nice. The ash top has one arc shaped area where it appeared to be over sanded and thus it is missing continuity of of grain. I was able to draw in the grain with sharpies and pencils.

I love the low action and the sound of this one. It also has impressive sustain.

Would I buy it again? Yes. I bought it because of it’s low price and wood combination.

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Solid Spruce Top – Rosewood Back

This one features a solid spruce and a laminated rosewood back for stunning contrast. To get a solid top at this price is pretty much unheard off. The is white binding and the fret board is also bound. The head-stock has a crown shape. Two strap buttons are included – one on the body tail and the other on the bottom side of the neck. The sound hole has an etched design. The bridge is different than advertised. It is a pin style bridge as opposed to the typical tied on style. The are actually zero finish issues on this one.

Long sustain and low action plus good tone makes this one a winner.

Would I buy it again? Definitively yes. Solid wood top, great sound and at this price…what’s not to love!

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Stay tuned as I will be adding videos and pictures soon.

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Give the Ultimate Holiday Gift, The Gift of Music, a Ukulele

Whether your a seasoned player, a beginner, a want-a-be, or your child is interest in playing, we picked out a great ukulele. One of the most important things is to start with a good instrument as it is frustrating when an instrument won’t stay in tune or has other issues. Everybody wants to have success at playing and make beautiful music.

How come ukuleles make a great gifts? They are almost magically. For a child, it can a hobby that lasts and is never outgrown. They say as we age we should learn new things. This makes a ukulele an ageless gift. Ukuleles are little and relatively small in both size and price, yet they can bring joy that endures a lifetime.

You wondering why with a recommend a this Flight Salamander Ukulele? Sweet sound, great looks and durability at a good price to boot.

The majority of this instrument is made from ABS. What is that? Well it is plastic. This is Flight’s specialty and they don’t apologize for it not should they. Because is has an ABS body, neck, and fret board it is durable and not subject to changes in humidity which can wreak havoc on wood instruments. These two factors make it perfect for travel. We take ours everywhere. Another advantage is that because it is molded plastic you get consistently good instrument every time.

Features

The top is a walnut laminate that is not only a beautiful wood to look but also has bright tone- some says as bright as Koa. Koa is considered the best as it is the authentic wood of Hawaiian ukuleles. The sound hole features salamanders.

The body is arched which gives lets the sound resonate freely and have more volume than most other ukuleles of the same size. The body has a nice texture to it making it easy to grip. There is even a strap button.

Since the neck is ABS, it won’t warp with the weather. The finger board has a nice faux wood grain. The frets will never be sharp.

The zero fret and bridge construction give this ukulele a low action. A low action means the players doesn’t need to press hard making it perfect for the beginner and those whose hands find higher actions difficult to play due to finger strength. The construction keeps the tone consistent as well.

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.
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Jazzy Snazzy Musical Pizzazz

Are you bored with the plain look of your stringed instrument?  Why not jazz it up and make it your own snazzy piece?  We drew our inspiration from the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series Ukulele from Kala brand.  Start this do it yourself project with a nice sounding yet inexpensive ukulele or instrument of your choice and you can create your own personalized version at a fraction of the price. 

One of a Kind Ukulele or Guitar

We cut the adhesive backed vinyl for this project with our Cricut. Click the Cricut banner to get your supplies. Learn how to design and make the Sound Hole Decal


Mitchell MU40C

We used a Mitchell concert sized ukulele for this project. The model number is MU40C. It is easy to play right out of the box. A lot of schools buy Mitchell products to teach kids so you know they have to be durable. It stays in tune and has a nice sound. Check out the sound in this video and note I’d only been playing for a couple of months.

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Inspiration

This beautiful Kala Tenor Ukulele – the Mandy Harvey Learn to Play Signature Series – gave us the idea to decorate one of your ukuleles. Certainly if you can afford a Kala uke – Go for it!

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.
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Sweet Sounding Instrument Deserves a Sweet Look

Simply adding ring around the sound hole of your ukulele or guitar can make a huge difference in the look of a drab and plain looking musical instrument. Let us show you how you can design and make a decal for the sound hole of your instrument and dress it up.

Make your Uke look as sweet as it sounds

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Ratings are based on personal opinions. Three ukuleles is average for the class range.

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Selecting a Ukulele, Making Music Journey Continues

   Since ukulele’s are relatively inexpensive, they are a great instrument to start out with. We advise not going with the cheapest one available.

   Tuning and staying in tune is often a big issue. It stands to reason that the cheaper the lower the quality of the tuning mechanism. Nothing is more frustrating than having you chords sounding off key. You also want a good sound quality and that comes from better build instruments made with quality materials and craftsmanship. Beginners often give up thinking that they just can’t do it when in fact it is a sound quality issue with the uke itself.

   Next consideration is the size.
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Come Along on our NEW Musical Journey

    Less than 2 months ago I started attending a weekly group of people interested in playing ukulele I had zero experience. Check out this video to see how far I have come in this short amount of time.



    I want to share this journey with you and show you how you can learn as well even if you have never played anything before. I will share all the things I have learned along the way including tips that most others don’t share.

    Why? I keep reading that learning new things is great for keeping your mind sharp ♯ and active. Think of it as exercise for your brain. It is said that learning to play music makes new connections in the brain’s communications system. Ukuleles can be quite inexpensive making them a great place to start.

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