Best Concert Ukuleles – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

There are 4 different kinds of ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone, with soprano being the most popular. Although soprano is the most popular, the concert ukulele was developed in the 1920s, as an 'enhanced soprano' and these instruments are a little larger and deeper in tone, generally of a higher quality and more commonly used on stage.

The tuning is: (high) G, C, E, A (just like a soprano uke). However, there are more frets on the concert ukulele, so you have more options!

At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Concert Ukuleles On The Market

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Buyer's Tips: What to look for when buying a Concert Ukulele

  • There are 4 different kinds of ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.

  • If a concert ukulele has a solid spruce top, the sound quality will be superior.

  • If you're looking to perform or record, you may also desire a built in pre-amp, providing you with the option to plug in, rather than mic up when on stage or in the studio!
  • Again like with a soprano ukulele, the ideal woods for these instruments are mahogany and/or maple due to their reliable resonance and tone, and these woods, combined with features like quality strings (such as d'addario or Aquila), chrome die-cast tuners and rosewood fretboards and bridges are important to look out for.

Here are our Top 5 Concert Ukuleles:

Concert Ukulele Reviews

1) Cordoba 22C Concert Ukulele

Cordoba 22C Concert Ukulele

This reliable ukulele has a solid spruce top for a rich tone, rosewood fingerboard for a smooth playing experience and a mahogany neck to promise resonance and warmth.

It's shaped symmetrically – making it ambidextrous – and comes fitted with high quality Aquila strings.

This ukulele is perfect for the player who wants to enjoy an acoustic, natural stringed instrument of high quality.

  • Solid spruce top
  • Rosewood fingerboard, bridge, back and sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • No option to plug in
  • Slightly less budget friendly than some other ukuleles

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2) Luna Fauna Series Dolphin Quilted Maple Concert Ukulele

Luna Fauna Series Dolphin Quilted Maple Concert Ukulele

The beautifully designed Luna Fauna Dolphin ukulele is inspired by sea-life and the dolphin smoothness stretches beyond its appearance.

There's a solid spruce top for superior sound quality, a rosewood fingerboard for a rich tone and a built in pre-amp giving you the option to plug in!

Aquila strings are fitted, and there are original, moon-like fretboard markers!

Perfect for the stylish performer.

  • Solid spruce top
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Built in pre-amp
  • Design might not suit everyone's tastes
  • Slightly less budget friendly than some other ukuleles

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3) Kala KA-SSTU-SMC-C Concert Cutaway Travel Ukulele

Kala KA-SSTU-SMC-C Concert Cutaway Travel Ukulele

This ukulele – advertised as a 'travel ukulele' is lightweight, has a modest, cutaway shape and features die-cast chrome tuners to hold the tuning.

The solid spruce top combined with the rosewood fingerboard create a high quality of sound and make it a pleasure to play.

There's no option to plug this one in, but it's a wonderful choice for those who like to get about and jam acoustically with their instruments.

  • Solid spruce top
  • Die cast chrome tuners
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • No option to plug in
  • Slightly less budget friendly than some other ukuleles

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4) Oscar Schmidt OU5 Koa Concert Ukulele Bundle

Oscar Schmidt OU5 Koa Concert Ukulele Bundle with Hard Case, Tuner, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth

Oscar Schmidt are well known for providing high quality, budget-friendly instruments and their concert ukuleles are no exception.

The mahogany top, back and sides on this instrument enable richness and resonance, and this ukulele also has the benefit of coming with a bundle of accessories included!

This is perfect for the less experienced player who doesn't wish to spend too much on a ukulele but wants a reliable, easy-to-play, pleasant sounding acoustic.

  • All accessories included
  • Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Budget friendly
  • Less sound quality than some of the more expensive ukuleles
  • No option to plug it in

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5) Ibanez UEW15E Flamed Mahogany Concert Acoustic-Electric Ukulele Natural w/ Bag

IbanezUEW15E Flamed Mahogany Concert Acoustic-Electric UkuleleNaturalw/Bag

This electro-acoustic ukulele has a mahogany back, neck and sides for a classic ukulele sound, and a rosewood fretboard for a smooth playing experience and the rich tone we all love.

There's a built in pre-amp and tuner, making it the most hi-tech of the lot, as well as perfect for taking out to open mic nights or gigs.

This ukulele is also a pretty budget-friendly option!

  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mahogany back, sides and neck
  • Built in pre-amp and tuner
  • Less sound quality than some of the more expensive ukuleles
  • Tuner turns itself on when you plug a jack in

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And The Winner Is...

All of these ukuleles are fantastic instruments, and there are very few negatives to consider when buying any of them!

However, for quality of build and sound, versatility and style, our top pick is the Luna Fauna Series Dolphin Quilted M​​​​aple Concert Ukulele.

Its sea-life-inspired design is difficult not to fall in love with, and the mahogany back and sides, solid spruce top and rosewood fingerboard make the sound as beautiful as the appearance.

It's smooth to play, comes fitted with Aquila strings AND you have the option of plugging it in using the built-in pre-amp.

If the sea-life look isn't for you, the Ibanez, UEW15E is another reliable and rich sounding electro-acoustic, and the Kala, Cordoba and Oscar Schmidt are all exceptional options for the player who has no interest in plugging in! Those solid spruce tops really do make the ukuleles sound stunning!

Whichever you choose, we hope it serves you well!

Happy Strumming 🙂

Roz is a music teacher and our go-to person for anything music theory! When she’s not teaching or writing for Zing, Roz writes and plays in alternative/ psyche /art rock band The Roz Bruce Infusion.

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