Best ukuleles 2024: Acoustic and electric ukes for all budgets and playing styles

A Cordoba ukulele at an angle on a yellow background
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Inexpensive and easy to learn, the best ukuleles are amongst the most popular instruments in the world. Their small size means they're playable for all ages whilst nylon strings are much easier to fret than the steel strings of acoustic and electric guitars. All of this has added up to make the ukulele a go-to for new players, as well as another string in the bow of existing musicians.

The ukulele does have a bit of a reputation for being a toy, and rather unfairly in our opinion. The truth is the ukulele is every bit the proper instrument a guitar or bass guitar is, and it takes some mastery to make a ukulele really sing. There are plenty of pro-level ukuleles available that feature the same expert craftsmanship of acoustic guitars, from the tonewoods and bracing patterns to the hardware.

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Chris Corfield

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World, Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.

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