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6 Less Common Ukuleles (Which are Still Awesome)

6 Less Common Ukuleles (Which are Still Awesome)

Most of the time, you’re going to come across one of the four most common size ukuleles. However, there are a few less common ukuleles which are still fun and can make a great addition to your ukulele collection. Here are 6 less common types of Ukuleles that you really ought to check out.

Sopranissimo (or Pocket ukulele)

2016-11-28-14-35-27.jpegA sopranissimo is the smallest ukulele type that companies make. This makes them higher in pitch and you usually tune them a step higher than a soprano (so A-D-F#-B). Of course, you can always use an alternative tuning. This even smaller size makes them a great travel ukulele (but can make them harder to play with big fingers.)

Long Neck (or super) Soprano

Long neck soprano UkuleleThis is probably the next type of ukulele on my shopping list. A long neck soprano is just a soprano Ukulele with a…er longer neck (I know, surprise eh). In fact, the neck is concert length which makes it have more range (great for soloing) and gives it a brighter profile. I’m really intrigued to give one a go as I like concert necks and the small soprano size would make for a fun instrument.

Bass Ukulele

uBassJust as you can get normal guitars and bass guitars, there are bass ukuleles. A bass ukulele is lower in pitch and is tuned EADG (like a standard bass). They can be very quiet when use acoustically as there isn’t much to vibrate. They are great for adding some low end in a group.

8 string ukuleles

8 string ukuleleJust as you can get 12 string guitars, you can also find 8 string ukuleles. You don’t end up with extra strings, but instead you play two strings at once. This means you have an effect similar to a chorus pedal with a harmony being played at the same time.

Resonator Ukuleles

Resonator ukuleleA resonator produces sound via an aluminium cone instead of a wooden sound hole. This gives a more metallic sound and was originally created to be louder than other instruments in an orchestra like trumpets. This instrument is more common for slide and country music but there’s no reason you couldn’t use one for other systems.


BanjoleleA banjolele is a hybrid Ukulele banjo. It looks a lot like a banjo only smaller. It follows the same tuning as a ukulele but is made with a soft (traditionally calf skin) top. This gives it a very different sound than a typical ukulele.

There are still a few other Ukulele types out there such as 6 strings, guitarleles (not really Ukuleles but related) and more, but these 6 less common Ukuleles types are worth checking out.

Have you got one of these types of Ukuleles? Which are you most interested in?


About The Author

Chris Wilson

I'm a ukulele fanatic who also happens to teach English as a foreign language in Krakow, Poland.

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