Mitchell as a brand requires no introduction. They have been around in the scene for quite some time now providing the people with high-quality musical instruments. But today, we will specifically talk about their ukuleles.
Mitchell is known for producing very distinct ukuleles over the years. that is mainly because of their choice of components that are traditionally not seen in ukuleles.
What's more amazing is that they somehow make it all work together to produce some unique and pleasing sound ukuleles. How do they do it? Let's find out.
Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele Natural
If you’re looking for a fun soprano ukulele that wot break your bank, you should definitely take a look at the Mitchell MU40 Soprano Ukulele. This entry-level ukulele from Mitchell has won many hearts as a good value for money. The ukulele delivers on every front for its price point and hence holds one of the top positions in our recommendation list.
The Mitchell MU40 is an all-linden wood built ukulele for anyone with slight ideas of ukuleles knows that how much impact the wood has on the performance and the sound of the ukulele. Usually, we see either mahogany or basswood built ukuleles. Linden wood isn’t very widely used unlike them. But rest assured, linden wood is just as good as mahogany, and basswood of not better for certain preferences. The build quality is impeccable in this uke and Mitchell went with a unibody approach along with a satin finish. This has considerably increased the hand feel of the ukulele. Overall, the durability of the MU40 is impeccable and worth every penny.
As we mentioned earlier, with the usage of linden wood, we were sure to be expecting something new in the sound signature. And we got exactly that but in a very pleasant manner. The sound of this uke reverberates on the traditional warm tones with clear and loud tones. The tones are rich are creamy which are very pleasant to the ears. You just got to hear it to understand. The fretboards are made of Indian rosewood which is supposed to give the uke a smooth hand feel and honestly, it does. It also adds to the rich creamy sound from the uke and makes it more balanced.
Who is it for?
From the design and price point, it is clear that Mitchell geared the MU40 towards beginners. The marked frets along with sufficient frets distance will definitely help the beginners get hold of things fast.
Mitchell MU70 12-Fret Concert Ukulele Natural
The Mitchell Mu70 is an interesting pick for a single reason. Most of the ukuleles you'll find in the market are made from the likes of mahogany, basswood, or koa wood. These are traditional build which is then coupled with rosewood or walnut bridge and fretboards. But with the MU70 the case is entirely different. This also stands true for the sound signature. Usually from a concert ukulele, we expect a rich and loud tone that is punchy. How does the MU70 fare on that front? Read along to find out.
To put it in simple words, rather than using rosewood for the fingerboard, Mitchell decided to go with rosewood sides and back. For the top, they used a spruce laminated satin finish to give it a unique look. The result is just what you'd expect, a top of the line ukulele that feels great in the hand. The fingerboard is made of Indian rosewood and the bridge is made of just rosewood. The mother of pearl inlay provides for a smooth feel on the hands. One of the issues that might grapple the user is that the nut and saddle, as well as the tuners, are of average quality. Mitchell could've used Graphtech Nubone technology or die-cast tuners, but we guess it was a cost-cutting move on their part. The rosewood build is also surprisingly sturdy meaning if used with care, this ukulele will last you a lifetime.
Now let’s talk about the all-important sound quality. You'll be pleased to know that Mitchell doesn't disappoint on this front. The ukulele has a surprisingly rich and vibrant tone considering its size. It has also 16 fretboards fitted with 4 nylon strings. One of the gripes of many tenor ukuleles is that the sound becomes dull after crossing a certain fret. But that is not the case with MU70. their sound remains balanced and clear throughout the 16 frets for an even and pleasing tone.
Who is it for?
With the abalone rosette and purfling, this particular concert uke is geared towards a bit experienced handlers. Intermediates should not have any issue having a go at it through the beginners might struggle a bit.
So there you have it, our comprehensive in-depth review of the two Mitchell ukulele that you can find on amazon.
Though it may seem that the ukuleles are very different from each other, that is actually not the case. Yes, one of them is a soprano and the other is a concert one, but thanks to the design mechanism of Mitchell, they share almost similar build structure. Even though Mitchell manages to distinguish between the two and it shows in the finish and sound signature.
The choice is pretty simple with the Mitchell ukulele, if you’re a beginner, your best bet is the soprano ukulele which is specially designed for beginners. And if you're an experience or an intermediate player, you should definitely consider the concert one as it provides for more customization as well as intricacies.
No matter which one you choose though, at the end of the day, you'll have a ukulele that speaks volumes about quality and reliability.