Best Tenor Ukulele 2019
With their quite deep and resonant sound, tenor ukuleles are capable of making very distinct music. And if you are looking to bring the charm of tenor ukuleles into your musical performance, then you may be in the right place.
It just so happens that we decided to showcase 4 beautiful ukuleles today. In fact, we think that those are among the best, if not the very best tenor ukuleles out there!And we’ve made sure to pick both beginner’s and more advanced musician’s ukuleles to meet the needs of as many people as possible.
Shall we begin?
Caramel CT102A Tenor Acoustic Ukulele :
Caramel CT102A tenor ukulele is a great choice if you don’t have too much money to spend on a ukulele. Or if you are a beginner and need something simpler.
In spite of its cheap price, Caramel ukulele still has a couple of interesting things to offer.
The body of this ukulele is made from zebrawood, which significantly impacts how it sounds. Generally, zebrawood tends to sound pretty loud and bright, but not as bright as spruce, for example.
What’s also remarkable in this ukulele is that it has an adjustable truss rod.The adjustment nut is located within the body of ukulele at the base of the neck.So if you happen to know how to adjust the neck, you could do so without the help of a professional.
- Very inexpensive.
- Bright tenor sounding.
- Adjustable truss rod.
- Beautiful zebrawood design.
If you are ready to invest in a high-quality ukulele, then Kala KA-KTG tenor ukulele may be the right choice for you.This ukulele costs a fortune, but it has a lot to offer.
First of all, the build quality in this ukulele is astonishing. Most of the ukulele – including the body and the neck –are made from mahogany. This wood imparts a warmer tonality to the ukulele. In addition, mahogany also has a dense nature, so it should make this ukulele highly durable.
One of the main features of this ukulele is its eight-string configuration. What this configuration does is make the sound richer and fuller. On the other hand, it makes playing the ukulele quite a bit more difficult, so this definitely is a skillful musician’s instrument.
And the last thing that should be noted about this ukulele is that its surface is covered by cream binding. Its purpose is to protect the ukulele, as well as add some glossiness for an additional appeal.
- The 8 strings deliver fuller sounding.
- Excellent build quality.
- Beautiful warm tonality.
- Covered by cream binding for increased durability.
Mahalo 2500-BU/MK1 Kahiko Series Soprano Ukulele
Mahalo 2500-BU/MK1 soprano ukulele belongs to the same price range as Caramel CT102A which we reviewed in the beginning. However, this is an entirely different kind of ukulele.
The main difference is that this is a soprano ukulele. It is going to sound noticeably louder and brighter thanCaramel CT102A, as well as than all the other ukuleles on the list.
In addition, this ukulele is much more compact than the other three tenor ukuleles on the list. This definitely is an advantage, but you probably shouldn’t opt for this ukulele just because it is compact and light. Instead, one should aim at the sounding.
Mahalo kindly ships this ukulele with a protective cover. This cover likely isn’t going to be too durable, but it should serve you well if you don’t have your own case.
And besides, Mahalo offers 4 color options for thisukulele. This variety certainly is welcome, but we think that the offered colors make this ukulele look a bit cheap. For about the same price, Caramel CT102A looked a bit more premium.
Nonetheless, this Mahalo Kahiko series soprano ukulele is a great beginner’s ukulele for a very cheap price.
- Very inexpensive.
- Bright soprano sounding.
- Protective cover included.
- 4 color options.
- Looks a bit cheap.
And the last ukulele on our list is another model by Kala. This time, it is Kala KA-15T, which is a much cheaper ukulele than KA-8E. However, this ukulele definitely isn’t a budget model.
In terms of materials, KA-15T is very similar to KA-8E. Its body is also made from mahogany, so it is going to have a warm sounding tenor. But since this ukulele only has the standard 4 strings, it isn’t going to sound as full as KA-8E.
Again, the mahogany makes the ukulele durable. However, KA-8E’s build should be more durable and quality, given the substantial price difference. The body of this ukulele also isn’t treated with cream binding, which may also make it less durable.
What’s interesting in this ukulele is that it comes with a cover, a clip-on tuner, an instructional DVD, and a polishing cloth. The tuner will come in handy since this ukulele seems to get out tune fairly quickly.
In the end, KA-15T is a great ukulele for the money for the intermediate musician.
- Warm tenor sound.
- Comes with a cover,clip-on tuner, instructional DVD, and a polishing cloth.
- Durable mahogany construction.
- Tends to get out of tune quickly.
Do the strings in these ukuleles need replacing?
Probably not. They should do a good job for most of the people. But if you have any special needs, you may need to replace the strings.
Are there left-handed versions for these ukuleles?
It doesn’t seem like it.You should be able to restring the ukuleles for left-hand use though.
Do the ukuleles come completely assembled?
Yes, they do come completely ready for use.
By now, you most likely already know which one is going to be the best tenor ukulele for you. If so, then you may want to think about getting it!
But we’d advise you not to rush your decision. First of all, make sure that the desired ukulele is the one you need. Ukuleles can be pretty expensive, and you don’t want to make a costly mistake, right?
But if you know for sure that one of the reviewed ukuleles is the best for you, feel free to go for it.