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Hello everyone thank you so much for
joining me today I have an Oglala
buyer’s guide for you this video is not
sponsored the majority of these Yuke’s
shown in this video were borrowed from
Hite music where I teach some UQ’s I’ve
purchased myself or received as PR
samples those youths are clearly labeled
in the description box below
number one you have to decide what is
your budget what are you willing to
spend for a uke set that and then go
from there now I want to warn you
against going to cheap usually in my
experience cheaper ukz are not
constructed well I have found
inconsistent fretwork and some of the
fret spoke out of the fret board now
Fred sprout razor neck binding happens
when the fret board dries out the frets
poke out of the fret board making the
instrument uncomfortable to play now
frets can be shaved down and the fret
board can be conditioned to restore it
so it’s not necessarily ruined but take
note of the instruments overall
condition and ask yourself is this going
to be an instrument that is going to
last me enough into the intermediate
range is this worth my money in my
experience cheaper ukz don’t hold their
tuning very well and so a lot of
students that bring in the cheaper UQ’s
they do get frustrated more easily
because they’re playing the right chords
their fingers are in the right position
but when they play they just get this
sounds awful and has nothing to do with
them it has everything to do with the
uke that they’re playing so the number
one question that I receive is what size
should I choose ukuleles come in four
main sizes soprano concert tenor and
baritone although they all look very
similar each size will impact the
playability and sound of the instrument
so first of all the soprano concert and
tenor sizes have strings tuned to g c e
and a while a baritone is tuned to a d G
B and E very similar to a guitar but
it’s missing strings five and six
typically the larger the uke the longer
the neck and that usually means more
frets so generally the longer neck that
you have the more space you have between
the frets sometimes some of my students
feel like a soprano may be too small for
them and they feel like their hands just
feel really really cramped within the
frets so if you feel like your fingers
are going to be cramped in a soprano a
concert is a great happy medium
a tenner typically has a longer neck and
even more space between the frets than a
soprano you come in different shapes

you’ll see hybrids like banjo Lille’s
resonators uke’s with cutaways to access
the upper part of the fretboard and
pickups to amplify your uke those will
typically increase the price and we’ll
talk about those more in my how to
upgrade your uke video the most
traditional is going to be the figure 8
body shape you’re going to find a lot of
variety with the figure 8 body shape
because it’s the most common you also
have a pineapple shape because it
resembles the shape of a pineapple does
the pineapple shape really affect the
tone at all I don’t think so I some
people say that pineapples are a little
bit more richer in tone I don’t think
that that’s necessarily the case because
tone can be affected by tone wood
strings bracing and also the size of the
body so you do have to just pick it up
and play it and decide yeah I think that
that’s the tone that I want or nope next
try another one so typically but not all
the time the bigger the body the bigger
the tone some might find small ukuleles
to be hard to handle or control while
playing so a larger model might make
more sense in this case and some are
looking for a brighter tone thus making
the choice to play a soprano might be
best this is how I have somebody test
out a uke to see if it’s right for them
first either rest the uke on your leg or
place the body of the uke on your ribs
on your right hand side swing your arm
around and press the uke to your body
using your forearm to carry the weight
or support it on your leg hold the uke
NIC up at a 45 degree angle and find
where your forefinger meets your hand
and locate the notch by the headstock
and rest the weight of the headstock on
your finger ask yourself if the body
feels easy to control or does it feel
like it’s going to slip out of your
grasp does the right hand feel free to
strum does the left hand feel free to
pivot even if you’ve never played but
the only way that you can really know
what size is truly going to be your size
is if you try a bunch now as you’re
testing your uke sout something to
consider are the headstocks coverage
your tuners are aesthetically pleasing
but could weigh down the headstock while
open gear tuners typically lighten the
headstock if you notice that man the
headstock just feels a bit heavy
a little bit unbalanced it could be the
covered your tuners now this one I don’t
think that this one is unbalanced
because the body is bigger so I think
that this is very very well balanced and
the cover gear tuners were good choice
in my opinion another thing to consider
is the action that’s the distance
between the strings and the fret board
and check to see if it feels comfortable
as you press down on the strings this
can be lowered by getting a proper set
up if you feel that it’s too high or too
hard to press down on the strings to
produce a clear sound so that’s an easy
also if the strings feel too stiff or
too soft you can easily switch out the
strings and that’s another inexpensive
way to customize your uke hey we’re
almost there for my specific
recommendation so stay tuned we’re going
to talk a little bit about tone wood
typically I’ve seen nukes made out of
plastic laminate solid tone wood or a
hybrid of laminate and solid tone wood
plastic can usually be found in travel
uke’s and they’re usually very durable
and low cost but not all plastic is
equal laminate is made of thin layers of
wood that are stuck together with
adhesives and pressure to form a sheet
using laminate materials reduces the
cost for the manufacturer and for the
consumer solid tone wood uses a thicker
more expensive piece of wood while solid
wood is more expensive people argue that
the tone is superior and offers more
resonant tone because the material has a
uniform grain and thickness to enhance
vibration better vibration needs better
sustain and better tone the idea of
combining the solid tone wood tops and
laminate back in sides offer better tone
and projection than an instrument made
of laminate but keeps the price
affordable for the consumer but I have
played laminate instruments that have
better tone than ones made of solid tone
wood and vice versa so it really depends
upon what kind of tone wood it is who
manufactured it bracing strings so you
really can’t judge a book by its cover
you really have to try the uke to really
see if it’s the tone that you’re going
to love so first is plastic now this is
a really cute look I bought my daughter
at Walmart for $25 it can be tuned it
can be played I don’t really recommend
it if this is going to be your first
ukulele because the strings don’t really
maintain their tuning but it’s a cute
toy but let’s talk about some plastic
appeal alloys that are meant to be
played that are meant to take a beating
these are travel oglalas both Sopranos
one is from kala completely made out of
plastic but it’s meant to get wet it’s
meant to travel it’s meant to take a
beating as far as intonation up and down
the neck it’s okay but the main thing is
is that it’s meant to take a beating and
it’s going to maintain its tuning unlike
the shimmer and shine one this is the
flight tus 35 travel you and I purchased
it from flight a year and a half ago on
discount I love this one I actually
named this one the number one soprano
ukulele in an article that my friend
Terry has on his blog it’s maintained
its tuning and I love the tone out of it
that’s pretty darn good
and it’s a great price that comes in a
variety of colors
this is called ABS cream binding this is
a plastic binding that really helps just
fuse the edges together so that if it
were to have an unfortunate accident
where if you were going to drop it the
likelihood of the edges splitting is
going to be significantly reduced if you
look on other Ocala lace they do have
ABS binding on the fretboard just to
keep the frets from sprouting now will
it prevent frets frets Brout completely
no it won’t but it’s definitely going to
help just keep things in that much more
so if you’re looking for something maybe
just a little bit on the brighter side
of tone of the tone spectrum because
when I played the pineapple one you
could tell that that one was deeper than
this one you can see some little design
choices that just make this just a
little bit pricier you see the back you
see that flame right there that’s really
really visually stunning this also comes
in blue and it is also available in the
concert and tenor sizes
this is really the best of both worlds
with a concert in a soprano if you like
the soprano Bali body but the neck maybe
just a little too small for you or just
maybe a little cramped this is an
extended neck soprano so it’s kind of a
hybrid between a concert and a soprano
you have a little bit more space in
between the frets and this is bound
right here so frets brow I’ll think
you’re gonna have a problem with it on
this one
look at that back gorgeous comes in blue
purple green and this beautiful yellow I
love the glossy finish because I really
think it brings out the uniqueness of
this tone wood and Ohana necks just feel
so solid I think that it’s very
well-balanced nice and lightweight you
have ABS cream binding along here just
to help with fret sprouts not going to
prevent it 100% but it’s definitely
going to help ABS binding around the
edges so it is going to be a bit more on
the durable side just in case you had an
edge really pretty abalone rosettes and
it comes in different colors
something I do like about the neck is
that this is thinner than the 15cm so if
you’re looking for something just a
little bit more slender for your hands
it’s not so thin where you feel like
you’re hanging on to nothing but if you
want something that’s more of a D shape
to neck profile than a c-shaped neck
profile just a little bit thinner this
one may be the one for you
this one is described to be meant for
the entry-level player but also to last
you well into the intermediate range so
you can see this reflected upon the
price and the design choices as well
because it’s a hundred and eighty
dollars now you have one hundred and
eighty dollars to spend depends
something you have to know about kala is
that they have an app so that it can go
through a whole bunch of different songs
different chords you can learn from some
very familiar faces like Oakland Lani
and Emily arrow the fretboard is not
bound but it’s very well done I don’t
feel like these frets are gonna sprout
anytime soon
this lovely abalone rosette very
traditional looking yet stands out just
a little bit
they have made some really beautiful
design choices that just really resonate
with him no pun intended
but they really resonate with the player
they have a wider neck profile and then
of course with the baritone you have
more space between the frets you are
going to have to use different chord
shapes and voicings will the shapes
might be similar to that of the ukulele
but they’re going to be different names
because the tune completely differently
than a standard Oglala
these are just my opinions and if people
want to differ from me that is totally
okay leave your comments in the comment
section below what do you think what oka
Lille’s do you have that you recommend
what are some of your experiences
because that’s going to help not only me
but other people that are looking to
shop for their first ogle Olay all of
these links to these Ocala days are in
the description box below so please go
ahead and visit those if you have any
other questions let me know
and I hope to see you in the next one