Best Tenor Ukuleles – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

When you first think of a Ukulele, it is most likely that a soprano or concert ukulele springs to mind, as these are the most commonly seen and sought Ukuleles. However, the Tenor will suit those with larger frames and fingers, who might find Soprano and Concert Ukuleles slightly uncomfortable to play. 

Sopranos are usually approximately 21” and a Concerts 23” in size.  The Tenor Ukulele is a little larger: typically 26”, and although it is also tuned to G, C, E, A, the G on the tenor is sometimes high, sometimes low. 

Like the Concert Ukes, Tenor's often come with a plug-in option, and are generally of a higher quality than the majority of Soprano Ukuleles.

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

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Buyer's Tips: What should I look for when buying a Tenor Ukulele?

  • When buying a Tenor Ukulele, it is important to look out for signs of quality including a solid mahogany top for a rich sound, chrome die-cast tuners for stability of tuning, and high quality strings such as Aquilas.
  • Some Tenor Ukuleles include an installed pre-amp, however, this review looks exclusively at acoustic instruments, although many of the Ukuleles below are available as electro-acoustics, also!
  • Maple or mahogany bodies, backs and sides are classic and reliable, and a rosewood fingerboard will also enable a rich tone and smoothness on your fingertips.

Here are our Top 5 Tenor Ukuleles:

Tenor Ukulele Reviews

1) Kala KA-TEM Tenor

Kala KA-TEM Tenor Exotic Mahogany Ukulele w/ Padded Gig Bag and Tuner

Kala ukuleles are very popular, and this tenor is no exception.

It has a mahogany top, back and sides to enable that rich sound that you seek in a slightly larger ukulele.

There's a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, which makes the playing experience smooth, and there are die cast tuners for stability of tuning!

Though it is made of layered wood, this makes a brilliant, budget-friendly option for a ukulele and will not disappoint the intermediate player, or the professional who requires a damage-resistant instrument.

Aquila strings are also included!

  • Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Aquila strings included
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • A little less sound quality than some higher end tenors
  • Layered wood (not solid)

Let's take a look at this ukulele...

2) Luna Vintage Mahogany Tenor

Luna Vintage Mahogany Tenor Ukulele with Quick Start Guide and Tuner, Red Satin

Like the Kala, this Luna Vintage has a mahogany top, back and sides, promising that rich sound!

Its die cast tuners will also ensure that your strings hold their pitch, and the rosewood fingerboard and bridge will make sliding between shapes feel smooth!

Luna Vintage instruments have mother-of-pearl shark's teeth inlays and a curiously celtic kind of style to them.

This instrument will suit the folky player, with an eye for style!

  • Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Die cast tuners
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • A little less sound quality than some higher end tenors
  • Layered wood (not solid)

Let's take a look at this ukulele...

3) Oscar Schmidt OU7T Tenor Ukulele

Oscar Schmidt OU7T Tenor Ukulele Bundle with Hard Case, Tuner, Instructional DVD, Polishing Cloth

Oscar Schmidt have a great reputation for providing high quality instruments without breaking the bank.

This striking instrument really does stand out from the crowd as it is made from spalted mango wood which is unmistakable in looks and in resonance.

There are also deluxe grover chrome tuners to ensure that the strings stay stable, and – like most Oscar Schmidt products – the ukulele comes as part of an impressive bundle, including a tuner, gig bag, instructional DVD and polishing cloth.

  • Spalted mango top, back and sides
  • Deluxe grover chrome tuners
  • Stands out from the crowd
  • Slightly less budget friendly than some other tenor ukuleles
  • Style might not appeal to everybody

Let's take a look at this ukulele...

4) Fender Tenor Ukulele Hau'oli

Fender Tenor Ukulele'Hau'oli' - Mahogany

Fender have an excellent reputation in the guitar world and their ukuleles are also fantastic.

The Fender Tenor ukulele has a mahogany top, back and sides, and a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. As we know, these features are what enables a rich sound and a smoothness of playing!

The classic 'Fender' headstock is a stylish feature, and this ukulele will suit the the rocky ukulele player.

  • Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Classic 'fender' headstock
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Laminated top (not solid)
  • Some frets may be slightly sharp

Let's take a look at this ukulele...

5) Cordoba 20TM Tenor

Cordoba 20TM Tenor Ukulele Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth

The Cordoba 20TM is a stunning ukulele, with a solid mahogany top, back and sides, for a truly superior richness of sound.

The rosewood fingerboard and bridge are present, for smoothness on your fingers as well as ears, and there are Aquila strings included, so you can pick it up with confidence right away!

Like the Oscar Schmidt, the Cordoba comes as a bundle including a case, tuner, DVD and polishing cloth.

The modest design is subtly stylish, and the sound speaks (or sings!) for itself.

  • Solid Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Aquila strings included
  • You may wish to replace the included gig bag
  • No strap buttons installed

Let's take a look at this ukulele...

And The Winner Is...

Our winner, due to its solid-mahogany superior sound quality, smooth rosewood fingerboard and the inclusion of Aquila strings is the Cordoba 20TM Tenor.

This ukulele offers versatility, quality of sound and durability, as well as coming with accessories including a tuner, DVD and gig bag.

However, the cost of all of these ukuleles does not vary greatly, and although tenor ukuleles are considerably more expensive than the soprano variety, the difference in sound and quality is evident. Choosing this size is a no-brainer for those with large hands.

From an aesthetic point of view, the Fender is perfect for rockers, the Luna is great for folk-ies and the Oscar Shmidt is perfect for those who like something a little bit different! Both the Kala and the Cordoba are more modest looking, which suits a lot of people.

The woods present in all of these ukuleles guarantees an excellent quality of sound and playing experience, and whichever one you choose, we hope that 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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