While the market is basically flooded with affordable and beginner-friendly ukuleles, it is always hard to find the one that will fit your particular requirements and be actually good quality (after all, affordable comes at a cost). As a beginner, it is understandable if you want something that comes under the $50-60 mark. You probably do not want to spend more money on something you are not sure you will be serious about in a month or two. BUT if you are determined to learn to play the ukulele and are in it for a long-haul, then going for something a bit more expensive might pay off. Luna Guitars UKETCMAH Tattoo Concert Mahogany uke is not a very expensive model but it is a step up from all the entry-level instruments.
This uke has flat mahogany top and mahogany back and sides. The neck is C shaped and also made from mahogany. On top of the neck, the fretboard is made of walnut. While a lot of websites list rosewood as fretboard and bridge material, recent prohibitions on certain woods forced a lot of manufacturers to switch from rosewood to walnut. While you might still get a rosewood fretboard if you receive a uke manufactured before the prohibition. If you get walnut fretboard and bridge you will have nothing to complain about either. On top of that, there are beautiful MOP shark teeth inlays that go very well with the overall Hawaiian theme. The laser tattoo design on the top of the uke is reminiscent of the cultural heritage.
This ukulele comes with a walnut bridge, graphite nut, and saddle. The finish is satin which accentuates the beautiful brown-reddish color of the mahogany. The tuners are open gear and hold the tune pretty well, although I would lie if I said there is no tuning involved the first couple of weeks. This uke also ships with a gig bag which is sturdy, durable and lightweight at the same time.
Tenor body size and mahogany wood really let this ukulele sing. The resonance, intonation and volume are definitely better than with most beginner ukuleles. BUT there is a clear reason why – the price. The price of this ukulele really puts it more in intermediate category and comparing it to other intermediate level instruments, you can see that it is nothing extraordinary. One great thing with this uke is that as you develop your skills, you will not “outgrow” it for a long time. Maybe at some point you want to go for something more nuanced and better quality, but the UKETCMAH is gonna last you for a while. One thing I would suggest is changing up the strings. While there is an issue with tuning, switching up strings and being persistent with playing and tuning will get you to the pretty much perfect instrument.
Luna Guitars UKETCMAH concert ukulele is a beautiful looking, functional ukulele that will find liking among not only beginners but also intermediate players as well. Playability, quality craftsmanship, and absolutely stunning looks are just a few reasons out of a plethora of reasons why this mode is one of the best concert ukuleles on the market, in our opinion.