Donner DUC-1 Mahogany Concert Ukulele
While not as visually impressive as more expensive instruments, the Donner DUC-1 is good enough for beginners looking for a functional entry-level concert sized ukulele.
It sports a mahogany body (laminate) and neck, and it features a rosewood bridge and fingerboard.
The mahogany used in this instrument gives it a warm tone, though it does lack the volume you’d find in an all-solid instrument. It isn’t bad enough to dissuade a beginner from practicing, but it probably wouldn’t be the best choice if you’re looking for an instrument you can record with.
- Top: Mahogany
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 18
- Extras: Strap, Bag, Tuner, Strings
Something that separates this uke from those that are in a lower price tier is that it actually comes with geared tuners, as opposed to the cheaper tuners you find on most sub-$40 ukes. And this is reflected in reviews, with many appreciating its overall build quality especially when compared to others in the same price range. Another cool thing is that when you buy it you get all of the key accessories you’ll need as a beginner. The package includes: a strap, an extra set of strings, as well as a digital clip-on tuner.
Its unreasonable to expect premium quality wood and aesthetics in this price range, but there are still a few who feel that overall quality is lacking. There are some reports of cosmetic issues, while others are wary of its structural stability.
Still, for the price, the Donner DUC-1 is a very affordable way for anyone to get into the ukulele scene.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Concert Ukuleles.