- Good price
- Useful bundle accessories (stand is pretty great)
- Good tonewood
- Tuner and sometimes DVD was not included in certain shipments
- High action
- Sharp frets
The mentality that if something is inexpensive it is also bad quality is correct in a lot of cases. BUT there is an exception to every rule. In the world of ukuleles, there are quite a bit of these exception and the Sawtooth ST-UKE-MS-KIT-2 Mahogany Soprano Ukulele Bundle is one of them. This bundle incorporated good quality ukulele with functional accessories to provide everything an entry-level player might need. Now, while Sawtooth advertises this model as any level instrument I would recommend it to beginners. Intermediate and professional players might also enjoy it, but the sound is not as nuanced as with some other more expensive models.
This Sawtooth is a soprano ukulele which means it is the smallest one out of the four main categories. This makes it a great option for beginners and kids. It has an all-mahogany body which makes for rather a sturdy, durable instrument with nice tones. The neck has a rosewood fretboard with Dot Inlays. The natural satin finish completes the look of this uke while also allowing for natural sound and vibration.
Hardware & Bundle
When it comes to the hardware, Sawtooth equipped this model with some basic but decent quality items. The geared tuning keys along with the rosewood bridge are functional and easy to use for beginners. The Aquila strings are durable and do not ruin the pitch at all. This is a bundle or kit deal so naturally, we have to talk a bit about the accessories that come with this ukulele.
Although a lot of the bundle deals offer quite a lot of extra small items Sawtooth limited the accessories to four items. That being said, all these items are actually functional and useful. You get a standard gig bag, metal folding ukuleles stand, tuner, and quick start guide. This is one of the few deals that include a stand and, at least for me, the stands are the most overlooked accessory.
They are functional and protect your instrument when you are not traveling around. While you can use the gig bag when moving around, you probably want to display your uke or have it nearby to grab it quickly. That is kind of why this stand is my favorite part of the deal. The rest of the items are pretty decent in quality although there have been issues with either the tuner or the quick kit not being included when the bundles were delivered.
Sawtooth Ukulele Sound
Sawtooth ST-UKE-MS-KIT-2 has a long, loooong name. You probably will never remember it or even need to remember it. What you just need to know is that this instrument has a beautiful warm sound. Once you pick this baby up you will know why you wanted to start playing uke and why so many people adore them. The tone is well balanced, the sound is mellow and you get pretty much everything you would wish for. ALAS, there are issues like with any affordable bundles. Sometimes, there is a bit of buzz on the E string (which can be fixed).
Apart from being one of the best affordable ukuleles on the market, the Sawtooth ST-UKE-MS-KIT-2 Mahogany Soprano Ukulele Bundle is also one of the best beginner ukuleles too. The playability along with mellow sound and functional bundle accessories makes this model a bargain not to be missed by anything who is looking to get themselves into the uke world.
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