Help & Advice

Duke of Uke votes the Aria AU-1 the BEST starter ukulele of 2014!

We’re in the process of writing a full Help & Advice section for our website that will guide you through the process of choosing the perfect ukulele to suit your tastes, requirements and budget!

In the meantime, if you’re not sure which of the beginner ukuleles to go for but you want to get strumming right away, we’ve picked out our favourite ukulele for under £50…

 At £49.95 we’ve voted the Aria AU-1 Soprano Ukulele (pictured opposite) 2014’s best starter ukulele!! AND not only this but the best starter ukulele we’ve tested in nearly 10 years!! Just pipping at the post the long-standing Lanikai LU11 and Kala KA-S models. Also at £49.95 the Laka VUS30 came in a close second favourite but the AU-1 wins overall!


With an elegant and traditional hour-glass shape, it comes fully equipped with the ever-popular Aquila strings and has a incredibly full and sweet tone. For the price, it’s absolutely amazing sounding and up there with instruments twice the price.

If you’re thinking of getting one of the cheaper colourful ukuleles, we would strongly urge you to consider this. For the extra £15 you’re getting an instrument that’s immeasurably better in every way.

Using our drop-down filters to help you find the perfect ukulele!

If you need help choosing a higher grade of instrument, please be sure to take a look at some of our other favourite ukuleles by using the drop-down filters as pictured below.

You can also choose between solid or laminate constructed ukuleles and many other options.

Example – Click on the Screenshot below to see how this works for Concert Ukuleles:
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