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Top 5 Ukuleles - Best Entry Level Concert Ukulele

Top 5 Ukuleles - Best Entry Level Concert Ukulele

Posted by Duke of Uke on 17th Jul 2018

Our Top 5 Concert Ukulele recommendations for your first ukulele!
Duke of Uke selects the best Concert Ukuleles for beginners.

Whether you're new to the ukulele or want to know more about the best affordable grab and go instruments, read on for our Top 5 recommendations!

Aria ACU-1 Mahogany Concert Ukulele

Our best selling Concert Ukulele

The big brother to the highly recommended Soprano size Aria AU-1, this excellent entry-level concert model is perfect for beginners. A Duke of Uke customer favourite.

Well constructed with clean styling, this Concert ukulele feels like a classic. Ideal for beginners wanting a ukulele that is easy to play and comfortable to hold. The Aria AU-1 looks great too, finished in a smooth red tinted satin.

The Aria ACU-1 is great value, a perfect choice for your first ukulele. This fun to play concert also comes with the ever-popular Aquila Super Nylgut strings. It sounds fantastic, with a full and sweet tone.

Well constructed with clean styling, this concert ukulele feels like a classic. Ideal for beginners wanting a ukulele that is easy to play and comfortable to hold. The Aria ACU-1 looks great too, finished in a smooth red tinted satin.

Some entry-level models fall short on sound and tuning, but the ACU-1 really delivers. If you're after a well priced uke that sounds warm and rich, look no further. Thanks to the mahogany body, this ukulele has plenty of character, with a relaxed, mellow sound.

Players searching for extra room on the fingerboard will be glad to know the nut is wider than most, providing plenty of space to form those first difficult chords.

Up there with the big name brands and every bit as good for the price, Aria have built a reputation for well made and great sounding ukuleles based on the classic Martin shape. The ACU-1 follows in this tradition, a highly recommended choice for beginners!

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Duke DUCX Solid Mahogany Top Concert Ukulele

Great sounding deluxe ukulele that really sings

Duke ukuleles seek to inspire beginner players with warm resonant tones and classic mahogany styling inspired by the ukuleles that started it all!

Easy to play and comfortable to hold, Duke ukuleles combine reliability and tradition, made with the beginner player in mind. Ideal for encouraging those taking their first steps on the instrument, or for more experienced players, a great looking, take anywhere ukulele.

The DUCX Concert model features a solid mahogany top, back and sides with Duke Ukulele Co insignia headstock and double-line soundhole rosette in gold. Featuring industry standard Aquila Nylgut Strings for improved intonation and superior tone. Easy to use tuning machines with classic black oval buttons keep you in tune.

This entry-level ukulele has plenty of heart and character. The solid mahogany top on the DUCX enhances resonance and increases both projection and sound quality. Featuring a tapered back, the ukulele fits closer to your body for extra comfort.

Without doubt one of the most attractive, affordable Ukuleles available at Duke of Uke. One of the best quality entry level concert ukes around, it's an absolute steal for your first solid top ukulele.

If you're a beginner player or looking to inspire with a gift, you can't go wrong with the Duke DUCX. It's superior sound thanks to the solid mahogany top is certain to bring a ray of ukulele sunshine into your home!

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Laka VUC50 & VUC50EA Solid Mahogany Top Concert Ukulele

Solid top ukuleles with tuner and pickup options

This fantastic Entry Level instrument by Laka is a perfect introduction to the world of Solid wood ukuleles! For an affordable feature filled beginner Concert, the VUC50 and VUC50EA are excellent choices . 

Not only does the Laka 50 series boast a solid mahogany top, seldom seen in this price range, they also offer either a built in electronic tuner or undersaddle pickup option.

The Laka VUC50 is a full bodied concert ukulele and features a solid mahogany top, with laminate mahogany back and sides, which is complemented perfectly by the mahogany headstock. The tuning gears, finished with white pearloid buttons, offer reliability and stability expected of a well made instrument. A built in electronic tuner is a surprising additional feature to this already excellent starter Concert ukulele. Easy to read and simple to use, it works to keep you in tune wonderfully.

Interested in making your ukulele louder? Inspired by performers who use looping in their live shows to create a wall of sound with effects? This is where the VUC50EA comes in. Our most affordable Electro Acoustic Concert ukulele, it includes a Fishman undersaddle pickup for plugging in!

Using amplifiers and effects of any combination you can imagine, the VUC50EA is a highly recommended choice for taking those first steps towards, recording, looping and playing ukulele in a performance environment. Any budding Ed Sheerans out there won't be disappointed!

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Snail SUC-M1 Mahogany Gloss Concert Ukulele

Decorative, well constructed and easy to play

Snail Ukuleles have found high favour among the staff here at the Duke of Uke. The Snail range of ukuleles are very competitively priced, and offer a higher level of detail and playability to similar priced alternatives.

A recent addition to the Snail line up, the SUC-M1 not only looks fantastic, it sounds amazing too. Considered a more 'deluxe' version of the already excellent satin finish range by Snail, the SUC-M1 takes a beautifully constructed starter Concert Ukulele to the next level. 

Chrome plated die cast tuners, abalone rosette and high gloss finish are luxury appointments included here. The gloss finish and the more unconventional choice of D'addario clear strings really help to bring the best out of this excellent step up Concert Ukulele. The resulting sound has the warmth of Mahogany but with additional brightness and sweet highs, making these ukuleles extremely well balanced.

For a Concert ukulele with a bright, ringing tone and attractive finish, look no further. All Snail Ukuleles come with a tidy Snail logo gigbag included to complete an affordable and highly attractive package.

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Kala KA-CG & KA-CEM Mahogany Series Concert Ukulele

Stylish Concert ukuleles from the world's biggest brand

Kala's entire range of ukuleles is nothing short of impressive and the KA-CG Mahogany Gloss Concert is a fantastic entry into the world of this reliable brand.

Un upgrade on the more conventional Kala KA-C ukulele, the gloss finish version the KA-CG is even better. The gloss finish adds a little extra brightness to the sound, and offers a more robust finish making these ukuleles durable as well as attractive. In the looks department the KA-CG is a classic with tasteful traditional white double binding and geared chrome tuners. An excellent choice for a beginner or a step up from a budget Soprano, the Kala KA-CG offers a sound with balance and clarity which making these entry-level ukuleles sonically very appealing. 

The alternative finish on KA-CEM Exotic Mahogany is every bit as good as it's sibling, featuring the same balance and clarity to the sound, and the same styling. The KA-SEM has the same tasteful contrast binding, only this time in black, and an attractive exotic wood top, back and sides in flame Mahogany. The Kala Exotic Mahogany is an excellent choice for players wanting the characteristic brightness of the KA-CG with a more premium looking finish.

Kala always deliver a great level of build quality, bestowing the same level of attention to detail on the KA-CG and KA-CEM as they do on their higher end instruments. They're quite simply put, one of the best and most reliable entry level soprano Ukuleles around.

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Cordoba 15CM Mahogany Concert Ukulele

Spanish guitar inspired Concert ukulele 

Cordoba are a company renowned for Spanish classical guitars who in addition have developed a beautiful range of ukuleles.

The Cordoba 15-CM is an excellent choice for a next level in quality beginner Concert ukulele; from the moment you pick this ukulele up it feels well-crafted. From the shimmering abalone-style rosette to the high-finish body and fingerboard, this ukulele is a cut above many others in its price range. 

Thanks to the slightly deeper body, the Cordoba 15CM Concert offers a warm, slightly lower sounding resonance and volume than some of the rival brands on offer. The finish is a smooth natural mahogany satin that looks and feels great. Pearloid buttons and classic white binding completes a very attractive looking starter ukulele.

Cordoba ukuleles all have a wider nut width than many of their competitors, at 38mm, making them favourites with guitar players or beginners wanting extra fretting room and comfort. 

For a fresh upgrade from the more basic beginner instruments, this instrument's craftsmanship and angelic tone really set it apart from other starters on the market. An excellent gift for musicians or guitarists who are branching out into ukulele.

Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele