The ukulele is a small, four-stringed instrument that derived its name from the Hawaiian word for “leaping flea.” Local Hawaiians classify the ukulele as a cross between an acoustic guitar and a banjo, delivering a sound that is unmatched by other stringed instruments. If you’re considering buying a ukulele, it’s important to understand the differences between the four main sizes so you can choose the model that is best for you.
There’s a common misconception that the smaller a ukulele is, the more difficult it is to play. The soprano ukulele has the smallest body of all ukuleles with the shortest fret boards. Sopranos typically have anywhere between 12 to 15 frets and, due to their small and compact size, they make great travel instruments.
A little larger than soprano ukuleles, a concert ukulele will have a fuller sound even though its strings are tuned the same. These ukuleles usually have between 15 and 20 frets and require a little more pressure when holding down the strings.
Due to its larger body size, the tenor ukulele will have a vibrant and full sound when played. These ukuleles typically have 15 to 25 frets on the fretboard.
The baritone ukulele is the only type of ukulele that isn’t tuned to G-C-E-A. This kind of ukulele is tuned to match the highest four strings on a guitar, D-G-B-E. If you’re already a guitar player, transitioning to a baritone ukulele should be simple since the strings are tuned the same. Blue Mountain Guitar is proud to provide a variety of quality ukuleles online.
Whether you’re completely new to the ukulele or want to upgrade to a better model, our musical instrument specialists can help you choose the perfect ukulele for you. We also offer a great collection of affordable guitars, basses & keyboards. Browse our musical instrument store online today!