Though concert ukuleles aren’t the most common type of ukulele, they are in high demand due to the level of flexibility they offer, and the rich, well balanced tone they are able to produce.
The concert ukulele is right in the middle of the four main types of ukuleles. It is larger than the soprano ukulele, but smaller than the tenor and baritone.
Once people try the concert ukulele, they tend to fall in love with it. And yes, it is a good instrument for beginners to start with.
The only issue you may run into is with its size. As just stated, it is larger than the soprano, which is the ukulele type most beginners start with.
Even still, as long as your hands can handle it, the concert ukulele is great for beginners. If you have small hands, just stick with the soprano.
With this guide we will focus on the concert ukulele. Not only will we share with you the best concert ukulele models, but we will break it down by which one is the best for your money, which one produces the best sound, and which one is best for beginners.
We will also share with you our 5 step process for picking the best concert ukulele models. We follow this process to ensure every ukulele is properly vetted before being reviewed.
If a ukulele doesn’t meet our criteria, it does not make the list. It's as simple as that.
With that being said, let’s dive right in.
What Is a Concert Ukulele?
The concert ukulele is one of the four main types of ukuleles. And while most people believe concert ukuleles are for concerts, the truth is, they can be played in almost any setting.
Concert ukuleles have the same features as all the other ukuleles. It is also tuned using standard ukulele tuning which is G-C-E-A.
One big difference is the overall dimensions of the concert ukulele, which we will discuss in the next section.
What Size Is The Concert Ukulele?
It is not uncommon for concert ukuleles to be referred to as super sopranos. This is due to the fact that, while they are the same as the soprano ukulele, they are a bit larger.
Generally speaking a concert ukulele is 23 inches long, with a scale length of 15 inches. The standard number of frets is anywhere between 15 and 18.
Most children may find it a little difficult to play the standard size concert ukulele. However, as you will discover below, there are a few that are the perfect size for children.
The Best Concert Ukulele - Our Top 8 Picks
We’ve compiled a short list of some of the best concert ukuleles money can buy. Some of these ukuleles will be great for beginners, and some will be great for those on a budget:
- Kala’s 1KOA-C Elite Concert Ukulele
- Martin C1K Concert Ukulele
- Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele
- Washburn’s Schmidt OU5 Concert Ukulele
- Kmise UK-24 Solid Spruce Ukulele
- Luna Artistic Series Concert Ukulele
- Kala Ziricote Concert Ukulele
- Luna Fauna Series Dolphin Quilted Concert Ukulele
But we didn’t just stop there. We also reviewed a few that are on the expensive side and would be well suited for a professional musician with a little extra money to spend.
Make sure you don’t skip over the section where we share how we picked each ukulele. It gives you an inside look of our research process.
The Best Concert Ukulele For The Money
When we say this is the best concert ukulele for the money, we are saying we found no other models that come close to what this ukulele has to offer in its price range.
And trust us, we searched all over the internet before dubbing this particular ukulele “the best for the money”.
When it comes to performance, this ukulele excels in all areas. It was created by one of the top ukulele brands and gives you the chance to enhance your overall ukulele experience.
If you are a ukulele enthusiast you have no doubt heard of the Kala brand. Under the leadership of Mike Upton, the Kala Brand has introduced thousands of high quality ukuleles to the market.
Even with thousands of high quality ukuleles under their belt, none of them can compare to the 1KOA-C Elite.
There is no other ukulele that is more beautiful, better sounding, more durable, and more flexible than the 1KOA-C Elite.
The top, back, and sides are made using traditional Koa wood. The neck is made with Honduran mahogany and the satin body finish is UV-cured.
All it takes is one glance and you will fall in love with the outward appearance of the 1KOA-C Elite.
The Kala brand offers custom premium quality tuners that will ensure your ukulele stays in tune for several weeks.
This is one of the many reasons this particular ukulele is so playable. As far as sound goes, the tonewoods come together to create a sound that is near perfection.
And on top of all that, the 1KOA-C Elite comes with Fluorocarbon strings already installed. The great thing about these strings is how they resonate and reverberate. They take the sound to a whole new level.
This ukulele is great when it comes to volume and depth. This basically means it has very good sustain.
When you consider all the features it has, it should be clear to see why we consider the 1KOA-C Elite the best concert ukulele for the money.
But listen, don’t take our word for it. We encourage you to do your own research and see what you come up with. We doubt you will find any flaws.
The Best Concert Ukulele For The Money - Runner Up
Very few brands can stand up to the Kala brand. That means being considered the runner up to the 1KOA-C Elite is a very big deal.
Because the Martin brand did such a great job with their concert ukulele, we had to include them on the list as the runner up for best concert ukulele for the money.
If we had to describe the Martin C1K Concert Ukulele in one word, it would be extravagant. It's one of those instruments you never regret having around.
Not only is it an almost perfect ukulele, but it is also a beautiful work of art that will make people stop and pay attention.
So, what is so special about the Martin C1K? The thing that makes this ukulele so special is how simple it is.
The top and back of this ukulele is made out of traditional tonewoods. The sides however are made using Koa wood, dovetail neck, and hardwood neck.
The satin lacquer finish is out of this world beautiful. It is the type of ukulele you will see on display at a ukulele showcase.
The Martin C1K has flawless intonation. The nickel plated open-geared tuning machines help keep tension low when you are strumming the ukulele.
And to put it mildly, the sound produced by the Martin C1K will take your breath away. It's just that amazing.
Martin installed M600 strings on this particular ukulele. The Martin M600 strings are durable and playable.
The tonewoods used to make this ukulele were selected intentionally. Together they make the perfect platform for reverbs and sustain.
The moment you start strumming the Martin C1K you will notice how superior the sound is to other ukuleles you have heard.
The Best Concert Ukulele For Sound
While all of the concert ukuleles we are reviewing for this guide have decent sound, this particular ukulele has the best sound of them all.
In fact, the difference in sound is very obvious and not something you could easily miss.
While this ukulele does have a few flaws, it's nothing that will affect the overall performance of the instrument.
With that being said, we hope you love the sound as much as we do.
Cordoba ukuleles tend to be very popular. So it's only fitting that their concert ukulele made it to a top spot on our list.
At first glance the Cordoba 15CM will look very plain. But the reasons people love it are quite obvious.
Let’s start with the tonewoods. The top, back, and sides are made using a quality mahogany. The bridge, fingerboard, and saddle, are made out of composite materials, while the rosette features Abalone materials.
The Cordoba 15CM is very sturdy and can be played for several years before showing any signs of wear and tear.
Cordoba is known for outfitting their ukuleles with the ever so popular Aquila Nylgut strings. The 15CM comes with the 7U edition of these strings. The 7U editions are very durable and produce a rich sound.
One thing that may turn you off about the Cordoba 15CM is the setup. Being that the action is so high you may find the instrument to be not as playable as other ukuleles.
Ukuleles with moderate and low action tend to be a lot easier to play.
The good news is you can easily solve this problem. You can either do the proper setup yourself, or you can pay someone to do it for you. Generally speaking it won’t cost you more than $50 to have it done.
Don’t completely count out high action as it does have its benefits. The biggest one being your instrument won’t fall out of tune as much as an instrument with low action.
If you can get past the small flaws, the Cordoba 15CM will stay in tune for several weeks to come.
The Best Concert Ukulele For Beginners
If you are a newbie just starting out, this section was created just for you. We did a little research to find the best concert ukulele for beginners.
While our number one focus was on playability, we also wanted a ukulele that sounded good and had an overall decent performance.
Our search led us to the Washburn’s Schmidt OU5 concert ukulele.
When it comes to guitars, Washburn is a recognized world leader. But they don’t just make guitars. They also make ukuleles specifically for beginners.
The Washburn Schmidt OU5 is the perfect example of what a well balanced, beginner friendly ukulele looks like.
To most people, the Washburn Schmidt OU5 doesn’t look like anything special. But if you take a deeper look, you will see there are a few surprises hiding in plain sight.
First of all, the body of this ukulele was made using Koa wood, which is the traditional wood used to make the original ukulele in Hawaii.
The neck is made of Nyatoh wood, the fingerboard and the bridge are made with rosewood materials, and the binding and rosette are made of Abalone.
The tonewoods used to make this ukulele give it the perfect balance between sound and durability.
And being that it comes with Aquila Nylgut strings, the sound it produces is great.
Having these strings is a huge benefit for beginners. As a beginner playability and sound are two of the most important factors.
If the highs are too high, and the mids are too low, you won’t understand how the ukulele is supposed to truly sound.
Once you start playing this ukulele you will see just how much the setup influences the playability. The setup is done very well.
And though the action is a bit higher than the average concert ukulele, it's nothing you can’t deal with.
As far as price goes, this ukulele falls into the category of being one of the most affordable concert ukuleles on the market.
The price tag is a little higher than most budget ukuleles, but it is still a great deal for what all you get.
Our 5 Step Process For Picking The Best Concert Ukulele Models
We wanted to make sure our guide on the best concert ukuleles had something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have a tight budget, are just starting out on the ukulele, or you are looking for the best possible ukulele for the price, you will find whatever you need in this guide.
To help you understand how we came up with the best concert ukulele models, we have outlined the 5 step process that guided our decisions.
Step 1 - Do The Search
We started this process by searching all over the internet for the best possible ukulele models. Since there are a few key brands that dominate the market, we decided to start with them.
Being that many brands will manufacture a variety of different models, it's not uncommon to see certain brands fall under multiple categories.
Step 2 - Narrow It All Down
The first thing we did was eliminate all ukuleles we considered mediocre. But we didn’t stop there. We continued to narrow it down until we got to the best of the best.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of competition. Every model needed to outshine the other models in order to be considered a top concert ukulele.
Once we proved our top picks were indeed the best of the best, we moved on to testing.
As we moved through the various price points, we raised the bar of expectation as the prices went higher.
For example, the Kmise’s UK-24, which we will review below, is one of the best concert ukuleles under $100. However, if you compare it to the Cordoba 15CM, which is one of the higher end models, it would seem mediocre at best.
Step 3 - Check Durability
We took each instrument through a very rigorous performance test. We checked to make sure there were no physical flaws showing up on the instrument.
If it passes the performance test, we move on to the durability test. We did a few test strums, tightened the strings to make sure they didn't pop, and we tapped on the body of the instrument to make sure it was solid.
You can be sure everyone of the top ukuleles on this list is durable.
Step 4 - Check The Sound
Please note when we refer to sound we are referring to the sound that is produced by the factory strings. This is because anytime you change or update your strings, the sound can change.
Most of the models on our list come pre-strung with the Aquila Nylgut strings, or a variation thereof.
These are some of the best quality strings a ukulele can use.
Step 5 - Check The Setup
The final step was to check the setup. Most beginners have no idea how to setup a ukulele. The veterans on the other hand simply don’t want to be bothered with setting it up.
That’s why it's best to purchase a model that comes already setup. If the action is too high it will affect the playability, and if its too low it will affect the intonation.
While not all models passed the setup test, many of them did.
Now that you know the process we used to pick each ukulele, let’s move on and review each of the top concert ukuleles for various price ranges.
The Best Concert Ukulele For Under $100
Early on in this guide we reviewed our top overall concert ukuleles. Now we are moving into round 2 where we will be picking the best concert ukuleles based on certain price points.
Ukuleles that fall into the under $100 category are usually considered budget ukuleles. And while there can be many differences between a $50 ukulele and a $100 ukulele, at the end of the day, models that fall into this category are usually missing a few things.
With that being said, here is the best concert ukulele for under $100.
Children and beginners will absolutely love the Kmise UK-24 Solid Spruce Ukulele. It is one of the rare semi electric ukuleles that you can find in this price range.
It is beautiful, durable, and emits a great sound. You can get the Kmise UK-24 in a variety of styles.
The different styles will have a different design around the sound hole. Take for instance the UK-24, it has a flowery graphic around the sound hole. The 24B, however, has a plain ring around the hole.
The Kmise UK-24 has an all wood construction. The sound resonance, which is superb, is a direct result of the solid spruce materials used. The materials also ensure the tone stays full at all times.
Being that this is a budget ukulele, the playability is surprisingly good.
And though the Kmise UK-24 has a high action, the Aquila Nylgut strings that come with it help to reduce any negative effects.
Based on our research, this is easily one of the best budget ukuleles on the market.
The Best Concert Ukulele For Under $200
Now let’s kick things up a notch and review a special ukulele from the Luna’s Artistic series. This ukulele is remarkable, and a perfect fit for beginners as well as those on a tight budget.
The first thing you will notice about the Luna Artistic Series Concert Ukulele is how amazing it looks on the outside. The artwork on it, which is the Great Wave of Kanagawa by Japanese artist Hokusai, will literally take your breath away.
And thanks to the premium quality tonewoods, the sound is quite satisfying.
The entire ukulele was constructed with mahogany materials, which are known for their durability and sturdiness.
When it comes to performance, the Luna Artistic Series doesn’t impress. Nevertheless, it is still a great option for the price.
Like many of the ukuleles on this list, the Luna Artistic Series comes with Aquila Nylgut strings. It also comes with very robust tuning gears.
And while the setup is great, you may need to tweak the action a bit if you want the ukulele to reach its full potential.
To quickly summarize, the Luna Artistic Series Concert Ukulele is durable, produces a great sound, holds the tune very well, and is the best value for your buck.
There are a few flaws you may notice with the instrument, but that doesn’t change the fact it's a great budget ukulele.
The Best Concert Ukulele For Under $300
The next price range we will cover is $300 or less. This would be considered a medium price point range.
The interesting thing about this category is just how many quality ukuleles are in it. Most of which are way better than your average budget ukulele. They also offer way more benefits.
Keeping that in mind, let’s talk about the best concert ukulele for under $300.
The Kala Ziricote Concert Ukulele has an exotic build that makes it super special.
It actually got its name, Ziricote, from a material found in Central America. Ziricote is probably one of the most sturdy trees in the world.
So just imagine how strong and durable this ukulele is.
It is also the Ziricote wood that gives this ukulele a superb sound and amazing acoustics. Add that to the glossy finish, and you have a concert ukulele that stands out from the crowd.
While the body of the Ziricote ukulele is made out of Ziricote wood, the neck is actually made from high quality mahogany.
Mahogany is a very common ukulele material that gives the instrument durability.
If you compare this ukulele to others you have played in the past, you will immediately notice the difference in playability. This is in large part due to the rosewood fingerboard.
The exotic materials make the sound as close to perfect as you will hear. The best way to describe it would be full, warm, and rich.
The headstock on this ukulele is a Kala standard. The black tuning gears are sturdy and ensure the instrument is able to hold the tune.
This ukulele has a well balanced action, great intonation, and an excellent setup. And if it's something you just want to do, you can always upgrade any part of the setup at any time.
The one big problem users have with this ukulele is that the strings reverb in a very odd way when they are strummed.
Getting used to this will take a little time, but after a while you will realize the reverb is actually better than you get with most ukuleles currently on the market.
The Best Concert Ukulele For Under $500
This is where you start to really get serious. This section is for those who don’t mind spending top dollar on a ukulele.
The $500 price range is an exclusive category. It is reserved for the ukulele enthusiasts, and those who don’t mind paying a little extra if it ensures they get exactly what they want.
This last ukulele is the best of the best. It delivers on every level.
Let’s dive in and see what all it has to offer.
As the saying goes, we saved the best for last. While every concert ukulele on this list is the best in their category, none of them can compare to what you will get with the Luna Fauna Series Dolphin Quilted Concert Ukulele.
When it comes to performance, the Luna Fauna Series excels in every area. You will not find a better concert ukulele for under $500.
Let’s start with the design. The back and sides are made out of mahogany. Mahogany is very durable and gives the instrument its sturdiness.
To spice things up a bit, the top is made out of spruce. It also features a high gloss finish which makes it look absolutely amazing.
The overall design of this ukulele can be best described as single-cutaway guitar-like. Because it is guitar like, it is a lot easier to play. Especially for those who have experience playing the regular guitar.
The Luna Fauna Series comes outfitted with premium quality Italian Aquila hybrid strings. These are great strings that produce an amazing sound.
The tuning gears, however, will need to be re-tightened every once in a while. This isn’t that big of a deal as the superb playability makes up for any flaws in that area.
One look at the Luna Fauna Series and the blue body will capture your attention. You are not likely to find a better looking ukulele in this price range.
If you do find one that looks as good, it will cost at least two times as much as the Luna Fauna Series.
Lastly, let’s take a quick look at durability. Based on the materials used to design the Luna Fauna Series, we can say this instrument will more than likely outlast you. It is just that durable.
When you mix rosewood with spruce and mahogany, the combination is as tough as concrete. That basically means this instrument can take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.
No matter what gets thrown its way, the Luna Fauna Series will be able to handle it.
One Final Words
With this guide we have shared 8 of the best concert ukuleles you can find. No matter what your budget, or level of experience, you are sure to find one that works for you.
We also shared with you our 5 step process for vetting each and every ukulele. We go through this process to ensure every ukulele we review is indeed the best option for its category.
Last but not least, we shared the top ukuleles in the $100, $200, $300, and $500 price range.
While the concert ukulele isn’t the most common ukulele, those who try it quickly fall in love with it. They are bigger and stronger than the soprano ukulele, but not as heavy as the tenor or baritone ukulele.
When choosing the right concert ukulele model, it may seem like an easy feat. But once you start the process, you will see it can be one big maze of confusion.
With thousands of ukuleles on the market, it's not easy to narrow things down. But worry not, as we have done all the hard work for you.
The list above consists of the best concert ukuleles currently on the market. Read each review to see which ukulele will be best for you.
Once you find it, buy it and enjoy!