Hunting down the best Baritone ukulele isn’t easy!
In fact, it’s actually quite a mean feat. As baritone ukulele’s are actually one of the rarest breeds of ukes out there, not to mention the largest; Soprano & concert ukulele’s are smaller + much easier to come by! But you see, that’s exactly what makes the Baritone so special…
Baritone ukes get their name from the male singing voice – a dig at their truly unique (& somewhat more masculine) sound. One that you won’t find in any other ukulele. Baritones are tuned differently & usually sit down a 4th, starting with E opposed to A. Hence why they’re often regarded as a midpoint between a guitar & uke – a guitarlele then, I guess.
But anyway, to help you find which uke is right for you, here’s our rundown of the 14 of the best Baritone ukuleles you can buy.
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The best baritone ukuleles @ a glance…
14 of the best baritone ukuleles you can buy
There’s a LOT of ukulele’s out there – especially Baritones. All of which can make choosing a ukulele a bit of a mind-bender, as let’s face it, there’s no shortage of music manufacturers these days. Compared to 5 years ago, the market is incredibly crowded! But no matter, as for you that’s not an issue.
See, we’ve done the majority of the legwork for you! Simply read on & we’ll reveal not only reveal what we feel are the best baritone ukuleles on sale today, but also answer your common FAQs…
Acoustic baritone ukulele
1: Lanikai (ACSTB) baritone uke
2: Kala Solid Spruce Baritone Ukulele
3: Yamaha GL1 Mini Guitarlele
4: Kala KA-SA-B Solid Acacia Series Baritone Uke
5: Kala KA-B Satin Mahogany Baritone Uke
6: Kepohk 30 Inch Baritone Uke
7: Kala KA-BEM baritone ukulele
Other notable mentions…
8: Tanglewood Tiare TWT 20″ Baritone Ukulele
9: Ashbury AU-15B Baritone Ukulele
10: Stagg Baritone Ukulele Epicea with Gig Bag
Acoustic-electric baritone ukuleles
11: Ortega Guitars (Bonfire Series) Acoustic-Electric Baritone Uke
12: Caramel CB103 electric baritone ukulele
13: Kala Kabe-ukulele baritone
Cheap baritone ukulele: the best baritone ukulele for beginners…
14: Kmise Baritone Ukulele (with gig bag, strap & picks!)
Which baritone ukulele is best? Our editor’s choice…
SPOILER: When it comes to deciding in the best Baritone ukulele, we’re torn. And that’s no word of a lie. See, on one hand, we’d say the way to go is the…
Lanikai (ACSTB) = Best All-Round Baritone
Because as far as we can tell, this Baritone ticks all the boxes. It’s lightweight, built to a very high standard – you can really tell the craftsmanship that’s gone into this uke – & most of all, it sounds incredibly distinctive. The kind of ‘distinctive’ that makes it memorable, & very much recognisable after a couple of strums.
Team that with it’s ‘out there’ acacia wood finish & we’d say it’s seriously hard to beat. You really do build up a relationship with this uke – it’s swimming in character – & given time, we’re pretty much certain this is one instrument that you won’t want to let go of in a hurry!
Yet on the other hand, you’d also be silly to ignore the sheer popularity of the…
Yamaha GL1 Guitarlele = Most Popular Baritone Uke
A Baritone uke that’s amassed such popularity for good reason.
It’s familiar… & albeit kind of retro-mod in terms of design. If you feel at home on a guitar, then it’s likely that this uke will be your first port of call. The design, shape – everything – just screams ‘guitar that’s shrunk in the wash’. A subtle hint at the fact that the Baritone is the closest to a guitar you can get. Unlike a conventional uke, it has 6 strings not 4. A dealbreaker for many.
But what’s more, being a product of Yamaha – experts in all things ‘sound’ – you could say it’s got the upper hand when it comes to reputation too. The build quality, feel & tone of this uke are all up there with the best. But whether that’s on par (& if not exceeds) that of a dedicated ukulele brand like Lanikai, is really up to you to decide.
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