Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele
While substantially more expensive than basic cheap ukes, the Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele is a significantly better choice for musicians who are serious about learning how to play the ukulele.
This uke offers a much higher quality of sound than many others, and while it’s a bit more expensive it’s still well within the reach of most people’s budgets.
This is easily capable of being a solid gigging instrument. It also has the volume and warmth necessary to produce a pleasing accompaniment to any ensemble or singer-songwriter.
The uke also is designed a bit more elegantly, featuring an abalone-style rosette, an ivoroid binding on the body and fingerboard, and pearl tuner buttons.
Here's an overview of the Cordoba 15CM from Mason Hoberg:
While at first glance the Cordoba 15CM may appear similar to the ukes above, odds are that in the majority of situations this ukulele will be a step up from the previously mentioned ukuleles.
Not a huge one of course, because the materials are very similar, but as a general rule instruments from well established companies perform better than those from companies that are considered to be exclusively for beginners. Instruments from established companies benefit from the R&D their high-end instruments and the experience they’ve gained.
- Top: Laminate Mahogany
- Body: Laminate Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 18
- Extras: None
With that in mind, this ukulele still really wouldn’t be a good fit if you’re looking to play unamplified in an ensemble or record. It’s still an all laminate instrument, and because of this it just won’t have the tone or volume you’d look for in these situations. Another consideration with this uke is that you can upgrade to a model with a pickup, so if you’re interested in this uke but still want to regularly gig that is an option (this uke is actually featured below).
Lastly, if you want a case, strap, and/or tuner, you’re going to have to purchase all of those separately.