Electric ukuleles are basically a step up from the traditional and casual uke that we have all come to see and love. Whether you’re a professional performer or a casual jammer, an electric ukulele is like the next big step.
But how do you choose your ukulele? What are the criteria to consider before getting your hands into one of these bad boys? We’re here to talk about exactly that. This comprehensive review will outline the best electric ukulele you can buy in each price segment. So ready to string up some electric tunes? Read on then.
Best Electric Ukulele (Overview)
Fender Billie Eilish Signature
Bright, loud, and crispy sound.
Preamp with onboard tuners
Solid and rigid mahogany build.
Dedicated amp and preamp
Warm acoustic sound
Luna Tattoo Acoustic-Electric
Dedicated bass and volume fader
Aquila Nylgut strings
Has a dedicated cutaway.
Has a dedicated LCD screen for tuning
3 band equalizer.
Comes with a host of accessories.
Easy to handle frets
Comes with a host of accessories
Best Electric Ukulele (Review)
1. Fender Billie Eilish Signature
Very few brands produce premium and quality ukulele like Fenders, and when it is one of their signature series, you know it will be good. Well, the Billie Eilish Signature is exactly that. All Sapele built ukulele boasts a strong walnut bridge for a smooth transition between frets. Anyone familiar with Sapele-built ukulele knows the sound is geared to be bright crispy and loud. Fenders deliver in this front with the Billie Eilish Signature series.
This signature edition from Fenders deserves special mention for its precise intonation thanks to the hardwood bridge. The Fishman Kula preamp ensures that the bright and crispy sound resonates perfectly through the amp. One of the other key benefits of this uke is that it comes with in-built tuners. The gold-plated tunes speak of the fender brand like nothing else. All in all, the Billie Eilish Signature series is an excellent choice with the only drawback being its premium price tag.
2. Cordoba 20TM-CE
The name Cordoba speaks of quality in the world of the ukulele. Their acoustic range is some of the best in the world and they’re known for rich sound combined with a premium build. So it was no surprise that Cordoba would do something exceptional with their electric acoustic ukulele. Even though the 20TM-CE is a tenor ukulele, it is surprisingly lightweight for an electric ukulele at just 1 pound.
The top, back, and sides are all made of high-grade mahogany that produces Cordoba's signature warm sound. What came as an upgrade in 20TM-CE is the rosewood bridge that isn't seen in this acoustic range. The 12 fretboards let you perfectly hit the high notes. Talking about notes, the Cordoba 2 – band EQ pickup makes sure all the slightest touches to the strings are registered into the amp. In addition to that 20TM-CE has a dedicated preamp which ensures smooth sound and bass transition, just the way you'd want. Other features like stable intonation, superior strings, and smooth satin finish come as standard with this one. For us, we'd say this is the bang for the buck if you’re up for an electric ukulele.
3. Luna Tattoo Acoustic-Electric
Ukulele has been a dynamic musical instrument with different renditions picked up by different brands. The constant dynamism has somewhat taken away the true Hawaiian feel out of the instrument. That is where Luna's acoustic ukes are different. The brand has stayed true to the Hawaiian root of the instrument and it shows, be it in build, the hand feels, or the sound.
the acoustic-electric ones are no different. Fans of the brand know how popular and well known Luna acoustic uke’s are. The electric version of that picks up right there. Just like the Cordoba in this list, the Luna is also made from solid mahogany that produces rich warm balanced tones. The bridge is made of walnut which gives it a smooth hand feel. and though the nut and saddle are of composite build, the open geared tuners make the most of them to make it sound professional and Hawaiian.
However, the magic happens in the sound division. The 2 – band EQ pickup and the preamp is present as standard, but in addition to that, Luna has also implemented volume fader and bass fader. This basically gives you free access to control the music however you want and it shows. The superior warm tone from the uke gets a perfect amp from the faders to produce true tones that are pleasant to the ears.
4. Caramel CS419
The caramel CS419 is a unique one in this list as it is a soprano ukulele. This soprano uke is made from solid mahogany with a solid walnut bridge. The smooth transition between the body and the bridge provides an amazing hand feel. coupling this with Aquila Nylgut strings, we have something that sounds bright yet neutral and balanced, just like a soprano ukulele should.
There is not much to say about the sound quality here other than that it's excellent. However, the intonation seems to be a little dull after the 12 frets. But thankfully the 3 – band EQ pickup lets you control volume, bass, and treble to your choice making it a great option to get started.
5. Aklot AKES21
Aklot comes as our budget king in this list. The brand is known for making all-encompassing ukuleles at a super affordable price. And the AKES21 is no exception. Do not let the price fool you, this is an amazing choice if you want to pick up your first electric ukulele.
The AKES21 is a solid all-mahogany build uke with walnut lamination on the fingerboard. This not only provides for a smooth hand feel but also produces amazing balanced warm tones. Aklot has given much thought to the tuning for their electric ukulele series and it shows. The open gears each have 18 pins for precise tuning that holds for a long duration. Besides the LCD and 3 band equalizer comes as standard with this one. If you’re on a budget, this is definitely your best bet.
That concludes our list of the best electric ukulele that you can currently buy. Electric ukuleles aren't for everyone and those who are opting for them might as well have some basic ideas of the ukulele. We hoped this review helps you to extend that knowledge to understand what to consider before buying one.
We tried to be comprehensive with a focus on sound quality durability and brand. We hope you can find your next electric ukulele from this list.