ukulele models and sizes for beginners

You want to buy a ukulele, but have doubts what is the best size to start? In this post, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different sizes of ukuleles (ukulele models).

Top Ukulele Models

First, there are four main types of ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.

How to choose ukulele models and ukulele sizes for beginners


Length Fine Tuning Number of frets
20 “(51 cm) GCEA 12-15

This is the most used size for people. It makes most people associate the ukulele with this Soprano size, assigning the sound of this size as the classic sound of a ukulele.

Because of it is small, it is the perfect size for traveling.


Length Fine Tuning Number of frets
23 “(58 cm) GCEA 15-20

The body and the Concert neck is greater than Soprano, and there is space between the frets, making it a little easier to play. It has, as well as the soprano, that classic sound of ukulele, but it is a little higher than the Soprano.

It is common for children, adolescents, and women. It is common for people who do not feel comfortable with the tenor size. It has the same pitch as the Soprano and Tenor (GCEA). It has a sound a little thicker than the soprano, has a more mellow sound.


Length Fine Tuning Number of frets
26 “(66 cm) GCEA 15+

The most popular size lately, has been the tenor. It deviates a bit from the classic sound of ukulele, sounding a little deeper. Most professionals in the tenor ukulele prefer.

Many people like to strum, prefer to use the first string with low-L (normal is high-G). Therefore, it is a more full-bodied sound. But for those who like to play only chords, I recommend using standard strings.


Length Fine Tuning Number of frets
30 ‘+ (76 cm) DGBE 19+

This ukulele size has a deeper tone and sounds a lot like an acoustic guitar. Some of the reasons for this size have little popularity because it is less portable than the others, and his afinição be entirely different from the previous size.

The Baritone strings are the same as the last four strings of a guitar. So the chords you will play the guitar are the same, and entirely different from Ukulele Soprano, Concert, and Tenor. However, the chords of these ukuleles are so easier than the guitar.

Because of the excellent portability and easy chords, the first three sizes are much more attractive than the Baritone.

Alternative Ukulele Models


As the name suggests, the Guitalele or Guitarlele is the combination of a guitar and a ukulele. It has been tuned like a guitar with the capo at the fifth fret. A guitar with a capo on 5th would be the following pitch: ADGCEA. The guitarlele sounds more like a guitar than a ukulele.

There are a large number of guitarleles to sell on the market. The most common are the Yamaha GL-1 Guitalele.

Bass Ukulele

It seems unbelievable, but you can take the tuning of a bass ukulele. This is thanks to the polyurethane strings.

The most famous brand is the Kala UBass. It is the size of a baritone ukulele, but it has the range of a bass, the afinição EADG is in the same octave as a low.

One tip, if you buy a Bass Ukulele also purchase a bass amp, because polyurethane strings do not produce much volume on their own, i.e., the sound volume will not be enough.

So what is the best size to buy?

Usually, beginners will start with a soprano ukulele because it is the best-selling size, cheaper and easier to find in stores.

However, the best thing you can do is go to the nearest music store and try different sizes of ukulele.


Comment below, what is your favorite ukulele size? I have a ukulele Lanikai concert and tenor Cordoba. But I my concert is always kept in the closet because it is much worse. My tenor beside being electric has a fuller sound and pleasant.Moreover, the tenor of the houses is larger, something excellent for my chubby fingers.

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