Hola HM-424SSR+ Concert Ukulele
The Hola HM-424SSR+ offers a step up in terms of specs, with its solid spruce top, a feature that transcends the usual entry level ukuleles.
This gives the ukulele a brighter and snappier tone, which many expect to improve as the solid top becomes lighter and more resonant with age.
Contrasting the bright visual of the solid spruce top is the laminate ebony for the back and sides.
The neck is crafted from mahogany and topped by a rosewood fingerboard, the same wood used on the bridge.
It also has a nice looking slotted headstock design, similar to classical guitars.
Other features include bone nut and saddle, inlaid abalone bindings and rosette, 18 silver nickel frets, and it comes preinstalled with Aquila Nylgut strings.
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Body: Ebony
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 18
- Extras: Padded gig bag, strap and picks
Reviews are filled with users who are charmed by its visual appeal, describing it as a beautiful looking instrument. Build quality is also often mentioned, some even comparing it favorably over other more expensive ukuleles. It's sound is also well received, described as full, warm and clear.
There are a few who are not too happy with the quality of its fretwork, while some point out that the body is slightly bigger than conventional concert profile ukuleles.
With its solid spruce top and good build quality, this will surely be a nice step up for those with entry level ukuleles, and it's an even better first ukulele for those who are just starting out.
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.