Thursday, October 1, 2020

Ukulele Sizes

Ukuleles Sizes

When you mention ukuleles, most people think of the small standard soprano size. That's understandable since the Tin Pan Alley scene popularized the size during the first ukulele wave during the 1920s and 1930s. Soon though, the larger sizes came on the scene when Arthur Godfrey, an American TV personality, preferred the larger size of a baritone. 

Those beginning their journey to learning the ukulele are surprised to find many sizes and shapes in the ukulele family. To start with, Sopranos and the Short Scales are the smallest of the ukulele family. These smaller ukes produce more treble tones than the warms and mid-tones of the concert and tenor sizes (mid-range) and then on up to the Baritone ukuleles, which are the largest size in the ukulele family and produce the most resonant tone.

UKE Republic carries a wide variety of all these sizes of ukulele. We are happy to assist in finding the right fit and sound for you. You can find our YouTube channel, where we have demo videos of most sizes and models. If you are in the Metro Atlanta area, stop by our showroom and try the different sizes and shapes. Or give us a call and speak with our expert staff to answer any questions you may have. 

Of course, there's the matter of tonewoods, but that's a whole other rabbit hole. 

​*Tip - to achieve a deeper bass tone to soprano, concert, tenor size ukulele just replace the high g string with a low G string. 
 **The sizes listed below are based upon averages. 

Short Scale Ukuleles L to R: Sopranissimo, Sopranino, Soprano

short scale ukuleles, sopranissimo, sopranino, soprano

Sopranissimo Ukulele Demo

Sopranino Ukulele Demo

Soprano Ukulele Demo

Mid-Range to Largest Size Ukuleles L to R: Concert, Tenor, Baritone 

Concert Ukulele Demo

Tenor Ukulele Demo

Baritone Ukulele Demo

Hybrid Scale Ukuleles

These super ukes boast the sweet sounds of a smaller ukulele body with the easy playability of a longer-scale neck. UKE Republic carries a mix of these unique combinations for various sounds and playing experiences. 

Long Neck/Super Soprano - is either a concert or tenor scale set on a soprano-sized body.

Long Neck/Super Concert - is a tenor scale set on a concert-sized body. 

Super Tenor - will typically have a tenor scale neck on a baritone size body or a tenor body with a wider/larger lower bout.