So you've been playing on your beginner uke for a while, but now you want to step things up a gear?
Well, since officially becoming a Kala Brand music artist I've been sent a number of great ukes from them to try out, and a lot of them have been absolutely brilliant!
One of my favourites was, without question, the fantastic long-necked soprano which had these beautiful gold tuning pegs. (I tried so hard to get a good pic of them, but they were so shiny it was almost impossible - this was the best I could do!)
It had an equally shiny gloss finish, which actually made it quite hard to film with as well, but in real life it looked absolutely spectacular!
It has the full-bodied tone of a Kala soprano uke, as you would expect, but the fretboard was considerably longer than the standard 12 frets, meaning you had a bit more scope to play with.
So whether you wanted to play some twiddly solos, or just fancied holding something a bit more substantial while maintaining the more 'tinny' sound of the soprano, the long neck was a great feature, and really unique.
I played it on a number of my tutorials, including this one for Cake By The Ocean by DNCE, and I found it was ideal for switching between rhythm and lead parts - so whether you wanted to strum some chords or finger-pick a little riff, the uke handled really well.
Another ukulele that I really enjoyed was this Pacific Walnut Tenor ukulele that they sent me back in June.
Believe it or not, I'd never played a tenor before, but now I'm seriously considering getting one for my main uke.
It's even bigger than a concert uke, and has a really rich sound that's just a lot fuller than a soprano could ever hope to be.
Of course, it's a lot less portable than a soprano as well, so that is something to think about! It will take up more space in the closet, and is a lot heavier to carry (and play). But that's more than made up for in the improved sound quality. This was a uke I really did not want to give away at the end of the month.
The Pacific Walnut body is also very earthy and attractive. If you're not quite ready to make the jump up to a tenor size, it also comes in concert and even soprano sizes.
In fact, while researching this article, I even found out that there's an acoustic-electric version of the ukulele (which means you can plug it into an amplifier - ideal if you're performing live, or just want to rock out at home) which I'm very tempted to check out.
If you're feeling really flash, this gloss-top Kala Flame Maple (concert) might be the ukulele for you.
It's been getting rave reviews on Amazon for its beautiful spruce top and great tone. I haven't played on it myself yet, but I'm hoping that Kala will send me one soon so I can check it out!