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 ukulele are surprised to find that there are so many sizes and even 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. Online, 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 out the different sizes and shapes for yourself. Or give us a call and speak with our expert staff in answering 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 a range of 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.