Makala Ukulele Review | MK-S, Dolphin Model and More [2019]

Finding the right ukulele brand is somewhat like finding the perfect pair of jeans. Once you find one that flatters you, you’re tempted to buy a pair in every color they have—just in case. The same goes for ukuleles, find a brand that makes you sound amazing, and you’ll want it in all three sizes.

While we wouldn’t recommend buying three ukuleles at once, there is nonetheless a brand loyalty which pervades the industry. Once a player has found their brand, it is tough to convince them to let go.

Today we are shining the spotlight on one brand in particular and have put together the ultimate Makala ukulele review for your perusal—you might just find your brand!

Our Top Pick

If we had to choose one ukulele from our review, it would be the Makala MCK-C. We’ve reviewed it first for your convenience, but to sum it up, this model exemplifies Kala’s beginners’ line and is both affordable and high quality.

Makala Ukulele Reviews

Makala MK-C Concert Ukulele

With a solid mahogany body and a smooth satin finish, the Makala MK-C is a great concert-sized uke which can act as a great introductory instrument for those new to playing. The affordable price makes it is well within reach of most players and can be a great way to give the ukulele a try before you break your budget.

 

Key Features

  • Concert size
  • Mahogany top, back, sides, and neck
  • Satin finish
  • Walnut fingerboard
  • Standard headstock
  • Plastic nut and saddle
  • Aquila Super Nylgut Strings

 

What I Like

The smooth, solid finish is a big draw for this model, and its appearance is appealing for those who are just getting started. If you want a quality model with a great sound at a reasonable price point, this could be the ideal choice.

I also like the fact that Aquila strings are included–this allows you to get a great sound from the very beginning, and eliminates the need to purchase additional –potentially expensive –strings for your instrument.

 

What I Don’t Like

Most of the body and wood elements of this ukulele feel high-quality, but the plastic of the saddle and nuts let this down somewhat and feel cheap in a bad way.

 

 

Pros

  • Concert size offers a great challenge for intermediate players
  • Mahogany provides a great sound
  • Uses high-quality Aquila strings
  • Affordable budget price for new players
  • Comes with a gig bag

 

Cons

  • Plastic nut and saddle feel and look cheap

 

This model is an excellent option for an intermediate player looking for fantastic sound and an attractive and long-lasting instrument. It wasn’t hard to name this model our top pick, and you’ll see why with the first strum.

 

Overall Rating: 10/10

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Makala 133450 Red Burst Dolphin Soprano Ukulele 

The Makala Red Burst is a great option for those looking for a beginner instrument that also shows some flair and creativity. The design is eye-catching, and the sound is rich, clear, and authentic, creating a winning combination which is only enhanced by the inclusion of a gig bag to keep the ukulele safe.

 

Key Features

  • Brilliant sounding entry-level ukulele
  • Great value for beginners
  • High-quality plastic molded body
  • Wooden ‘Agathis’ top
  • Supplied with gig bag

 

What I Like

The bright colors add a welcome twist onto a classic design, and this is definitely one of the highlights of the model. In addition, there is a clear and rich sound, which is of a much higher quality than expected, considering the low price point. Overall, this acts as a welcome surprise and is a solid, good-quality instrument which is ideal for players of all levels.

 

What I Don’t Like

Compared with other standard sopranos, this model is relatively large, which could be uncomfortable for players used to a smaller standard size.

 

 

Pros

  • Unique color and design
  • Excellent value for money
  • Loud, clear sound and resonance

 

Cons

  • Slightly larger than a standard soprano – this may require some adjustment to get used to for some players

 

Ideal for those looking to make the transition into soprano instruments, whether you are a total newbie or just fancy a change. The unique color and design add a great twist to a traditional style and allow you to express your own quirks and individuality through the instruments.

 

Overall Rating: 9/10

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Makala MK-S Soprano Ukulele

This uke is an excellent soprano with a classic wood grained pattern which is simple, classic, and elegant. The combination of mahogany and walnut blend together for an overall effect which feels and appears far more premium than the otherwise low price tag.

 

Key Features

  • Brilliant sounding entry level ukulele
  • Great value for the beginner
  • Walnut fingerboard and bridge
  • Mahogany neck
  • Brass frets
  • Aquila strings
  • Soprano size

 

What I Like

The wood grained pattern of this model helps to add an element of class and sophistication to the overall look, and this elevates the status of this instrument far beyond what the lower budget suggests. The sound is clear and sharp, and the Aquila strings only serve to enhance the sound quality.

 

What I Don’t Like

There are very few flaws to find with this model—the strings do struggle to keep a tune, but this is likely an issue which will reduce with time as the strings stretch.

 

 

Pros

  • Easy to restring and tune, even for beginners
  • Inclusion of mahogany and walnut allow a rich and warm sound
  • An ideal option for total beginners and those developing their skills

 

Cons

  • The strings which come with the instrument tend to lose tune very quickly

 

This uke is a cheerful and good-quality option, which is a solid choice for beginners who are just starting out on their ukulele journey. The walnut and mahogany combination allows for a sound which is rich and warm and allows you to learn in absolute pleasure.

 

Overall Rating: 9/10

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Makala Soprano Shark Ukulele (with bag) in Light Blue Burst

For a twist on the classic ukulele style, this is a great choice and an ideal option for players of all levels and experiences. The lower cost means that this is super accessible for all budgets and offers a superb lead into the ukulele world.

 

Key Features

  • Concert size
  • Mahogany neck
  • Synthetic bone nut and bridge
  • Walnut fretboard and bridge
  • Silver nickel fret position marks at the 5th, 7th, 10th, and 12th fret
  • Aquila strings
  • Comes with a gig bag

 

What I Like

This option is a bright and cheerful twist on a classic design and helps you to put your own stamp and style on your music in a visual as well as an auditory way. It is accessible for all budgets and a great choice for those who are still learning.

 

What I Don’t Like

Compared to other models on the market, this is relatively cheap. It will be an excellent choice for those on a tight budget, however, or those who may be only just learning.

 

 

Pros

  • Vibrant blue color adds a fun and unique touch to a classic
  • Comes with Aquila strings for fantastic quality sound
  • Easy to play straight out of the box – perfect for beginners

 

Cons

  • More experienced players may find this model underwhelming

 

When it comes to the top spot in our Makala ukulele review, this model has a strong spot as a great contender for a beginner’s model—it was our runner up. It is easy to use and maintain and will be a great introduction to the instrument.

 

Overall Rating: 9/10

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About the Brand

Makala instruments are part of the famous Kala brand and share their parent brand’s reputation for high-quality instruments. The Makala range is specifically targeted at new players and offer excellent entry-level ukuleles to suit every taste.

They use a mix of vintage looks and colorful options to help them stand out from the crowd, and offer the same high-quality, classic sound as any other model in the Kala lineup, despite being targeted at new players.

The Makala line allows you not to feel as though you are missing out by picking a budget version. You are investing in a fantastic instrument which should see you through the entirety of your studies with confidence.

 

Final Thoughts 

Our top pick, the Makala MK-C concert ukulele, is a versatile and flexible model which is ideal for beginners of all ages, stages, and personal tastes.

Like all the range, it is specially designed for beginners, and everything from the shape and weight of the instrument to the marked frets, work to accommodate you to grow your skills and confidence with the ukulele.

It combines great quality with a rich, warm sound, and offers a fantastic start on your musical journey. A good alternative would be one of these models from Ohana.

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