It's a gift for my cousin, who is a little girl. I will no doubt upgrade to a concert one if I get on with learning to play it well. I bought this for my son who is turning two years old this May. I gave it away a while back after getting a new one, but for a begginar it was perfect! That's God Awful. See photo for comparison of an acoustic guitar (spruce top, catalpa back and sides) vs. the soprano ukulele, Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017. For the price, it worked surprisingly well. Tez. It was flawless, I still own it and adore it. Do you have the chords? Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. I can’t find any reviews on it so My Q is although prob not much to choose between them which should I stick with for now ? Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2017, Arrived in 2 days with prime in safe packaging. I can't see it but I was literally cringing when I heard it and so was my husband. The Martin’s had a smooth, but slightly textured, surface that felt good under my fingers. I bought this ukulele last year, and I really like it! To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Adult supervision required as there are moving parts. It’s got Aquila strings, is lighter has a better finish and quality - it’s prob only approx £15 more than the Smith one when new but looks and feels much better. It's lightweight and I'm using it very frequently, as I started to learn it for the first time after buying. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Back in 2011 I bought my first truly serious ukulele - the Kanile'a K-1 Tenor. I'm going to pursue a return and refund of this ukulele. Aquilla strings, that require less tuning in between sessions and provide a beautiful warm and soft sound. Depends on budget. 3,434 global ratings | 1,361 global reviews, they don't need a super high quality instrument so this works perfectly, Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. I just made my first Ukulele and feel a bit ashamed of it, but this Martin Smith changes that a bit. Also, it's super cheapy built and the strings on it are fake! There's no way to play (in tune, anyway) the notes on the first fret of any string. Thanks. Your donations all go back into the site to allow me to keep bringing you reviews, and in the end the ukuleles acquired are given to local schools and charities. Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020. having said that this Uke, still comes a good second to one I just sent back that arrived with a plastic fretboard held by 3 screws!Clearly the Uke, -Buyer beware- is oh so much more relevant! Plywood and plastic construction with painted plastic fretboard. Aside from the Google ads, I don't get paid to write this blog and for reasons of impartiality a not sponsored by brands or stores. This page works best with JavaScript. The bridge and nut need filing in order to effectively play chords or scales so I would consider it a novelty uke. Okay so I saw a lot of mixed feed back on this and bought it anyway. Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017. It looks horrible!What was the tune you played? Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. My daughter loves this ukulele!!! I have no idea after reading this on what Ukulele to buy my 10 year old. I love that it comes with a traveling case. I know this is supposed to be a beginners ukulele so it wasn’t going to be great quality but you’d at least expect it to be able to hold a tune. This is a pretty bad ukulele. Perfect for a toddler or young child to use instead of an expensive instrument, but will not be good to learn on or take lessons with. It does feel nice though. At least the ones you trialled have geared tuning pegs, the Lidle ones seem to rely on friction to hold their tuning but of course as soon as you put tension on the strings the friction ' gives'. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Martin Smith UK-222-RD Soprano Ukulele, Red at Amazon.com. False spruce top and stained mahogany back and sides give it an expensive look that kids will love. is often heard, "its' not that bad" or the even worse "That's what a ukulele is supposed to sound like"! Today I found a mahalo NR 11P made in Indonesia again in a charity shop for £1.50!! Say hello to the Martin Smith UK-212 Soprano ukulele. Great for first time players. I haven't found a single way to make it sound good. "But I spent £20 on it!" Has plastic tuning keys and metal tuning gears on headstock. 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