Makala Dolphin Ukulele Review

Ukulele has become one of the most popular instruments among the new generation, and one of the major reasons behind that is it’s one of the easiest instruments that you can learn right now. While some people might think that Ukulele is a guitar but in a smaller form factor, these are completely different instruments that play, sound, and feel different. Let's see the Makala Dolphin Ukulele Review.

These small and cute instruments are usually easier to play than guitars. The main reason behind that is Ukuleles come with nylon strings which are shorter and less tense, making them easier and less painful to play than guitars. Then again, the chords of the Ukulele are much simpler and you won’t have to perform great stretches for holding a specific chord. 

While ukuleles are easy to play, they’re hard to find. You’ll find tons of ukuleles in shops, but not all of them will provide what they promise. This is why it’s important to get a good ukulele. 

Today, in our Makala Dolphin ukulele review, we’ll find out what makes this product special and worth your money. So, let’s get to it!

Makala Dolphin Ukulele Review

Kala MK-SD CAR Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele - Candy Apple Red

Kala MK-SD CAR Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele - Candy Apple Red

You need to consider multiple factors for judging whether a Ukulele is good for you or not. All of these factors will directly or indirectly impact how your playing feels and sounds, and we’ll talk about all of these factors in this section. So, let’s get right to it, shall we?

PROS

  • The lightweight instrument that weighs only 0.5 kg
  • Comes with durable and soft nylon strings
  • A beautiful dolphin-shaped bridge with plastic saddles and pins
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Kauri top, back, and sides
  • Mahogany neck

CONS

  • Not suitable for professional musicians

String Type

The string type is the most important factor as it determines how the ukulele will sound and feel while playing. The Makala Dolphin comes with nylon strings. These are usually considered as the standard string type for ukuleles, and they feel great while playing.

One of the positive things about the Makala Dolphin ukulele is that the strings are very soft and durable. There is a lot of ukuleles that don’t come with quality strings, forcing the buyer to change the strings at the very beginning. However, these are of high-quality, and you’ll get a good performance out of them.

String Height

String height determines how tough the ukulele is to play. If the string is too high from the frets, you’ll have a hard time holding them down. On the other hand, if they’re too low, you’ll experience a buzz while you play, as the string will touch the fretboard. 

The Makala Dolphin comes with a decent string height which is neither too high nor too low, providing a completely comfortable experience while retaining amazing sound quality.

Quality Bridge

The bridge is the part on your ukulele where the strings are saddled. A quality bridge is capable of holding the strings firmly despite the high tension of the strings. This is why getting a good bridge is important. 

Other than this, the bridge is also vulnerable to damage, so it must be durable too. In the case of the Makala Dolphin ukulele, the bridge is tough enough to endure years of usage and fall damages. These are also capable of holding the strings tightly despite the great tension on them. The bridge comes with plastic pins and a plastic saddle. One thing that makes this bridge unique is that it’s dolphin-shaped.

Build Quality

The Makala Dolphin ukulele comes with a mahogany neck. The Mahogany necks are quite popular, and they’re mainly used in affordable instruments because they are easier to source but they provide a durable build and a smooth performance.

The fretboard is extremely important, and if it’s made of materials of bad quality, then you’ll find that they will get scraped soon. Then again, the ukulele has a built-in truss rod that keeps the fretboard straight. The truss rod’s angle changes depending on the weather, and if the fretboard is too flimsy then it will break very easily. 

However, you won’t experience such an inconvenience with the Makala Dolphin, as it offers a great build quality.

Then again, the fingerboard of this ukulele is made of rosewood. Rosewood not only gives a great outlook, but it also allows the users to play the guitar for years without a dent. However, please note that you might have to clean the guitar and wipe it with special fretboard oil every once in a while for making it last longer.

The sides, top, and bottom parts of the instrument also play a crucial role in sound production and durability. These are made of Kauri, which is more than what we expected from a ukulele of this price point.

Weight

This is an extremely light ukulele, and it weighs only 0.5 kilograms. You will have no problem holding this ukulele properly, and you’ll also face no problem if you don’t use a strap with this. 

Due to its weight, we highly recommend this ukulele to those who want to play without having a strap. 

Colors

The Makala Dolphin comes in two colors that are Candy Apple Red and regular Wood finish with white accents. Both of these look great, but we prefer the natural wood finish one. This one looks much more standard than the Cherry Red one, and the white accents on this finish also add to the overall aesthetics.

However, this is only subjective, and we assure you that taking either of these choices will end up positively for you.

Final Words

So, is the Makala Dolphin good enough for you? In our opinion, this is one of the best ukuleles that you’ll find at this price range, and while there are a lot of better options than this one, they cost significantly higher. 

Thus, if you’re on a budget or a beginner, then this is the perfect ukulele for you. You’ll be able to play this for a lot of years without any technical maintenance. With that, we would like to draw an end to our Makala Dolphin Ukulele review.


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