Any type of performer will come across the pitfalls of playing in larger areas. There are times where you may need a large setup of microphones, amplifiers, and speakers to fill a room, hall or even stadium with your music.
This can be especially difficult with an instrument like the Ukulele. Known for its calming timbre, the ukulele may not be able to carry the sound as far as you need it to. The best way to alleviate these problems is to look for an electric ukulele.
Fortunately, we have compiled a list of the Top 9 best electric ukuleles currently available, to help you in your search for the perfect instrument.
Top 9 Best Electric Ukuleles To Buy In 2019 Reviews
1 Hadean Acoustic Electric Bass Ukulele UKB-23
Let’s start this list off with a Bass uke. The Hadean UKB-23 is an electric bass ukulele, which may sound a little different than what you expected. This instrument is a bit larger than most standard ukuleles (it is 29 ¾” compared to 21”), but that is due mostly to the need for increased tension on its thicker strings.
It has the range of a regular bass guitar, so there’s no need to relearn any bass lines if you are coming from playing a traditional bass. The UKB-23 is made of a mahogany body and rosewood fretboard.
Hooked up inside the bass is a preamp system that includes control for volume, as well as knobs for bass, mid, and treble frequency manipulation. It also has a built in tuner.
The strings that come pre-installed on the UKB-23 are moisture resistant, while offering a warm and soft sound. They have varying densities, and this helps immensely with fret intonation. Combining these aspects yields the result that you can rely on this ukulele to stay in tune well.
In regards to handling, the UKB-23 is extremely comfortable. The frets are a natural distance away from the fingerboard, making it easy to finger notes and move across the neck. Though it is a larger instrument, this ukulele is still very light.
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
2 Vorson Electric Ukulele E Style with Gig Bag and Cable, Black
We move on from a bass ukelele to a uke that looks like it should be in a metal band. In fact if Metallica decided to include a ukelele section in one of their songs, they would probably use this little gem for it.
It’s based on the design of a Gibson Explorer, which explains the ‘E’ in it’s name and is a fun looking but still great playing and good sounding electric uke.
It features Dual single coil pickups, a 3-way toggle switch which allows you to choose the neck pickup for a more bassy sound, the bridge pickup for a more trebly sound, or both pick-ups for a more rounded, full bodied sound.
It also has a global volume control which works regardless of what pick-up combination is selected.
Unlike a lot of electric ukeleles, it also comes with an adjustable steel truss rod which allows for precise set-up of the perfect action for your playing style.
The neck is very comfortable and it plays very well, so if you’ve ever wanted to have a go at the solo to Master of Puppets on a ukelele then this is the perfect one for you, shred away!
3 Cordoba 15CM-E Acoustic Electric Concert Ukulele
Moving back to a more traditional looking instrument which was the beginning of a new era for Cordoba. This is the first concert ukulele they made that featured electronics. All of the sound is sent through a piezo pickup when you plug this little uke into an amplifier.
Mahogany makes up the majority of the 15CM-E – the top, back, sides, and neck of the ukulele. The only part that isn’t mahogany is the fretboard, which is the standard rosewood we’ve grown to love.
The company Cordoba is well-known for their nylon guitar strings, and they truly shine on this instrument.
Playing sounds great, and the longer scale length makes it even easier to play if you came from years of experience on the guitar. Being heavily influenced by Spanish traditional guitar, the guys at Cordoba have put out an instrument with a solid tonal balance.
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
4 Luna Mahogany Series Tattoo Concert Acoustic Electric Ukulele
Our next offering bridges the gap between cheap and high-end ukuleles nicely. The Luna Mahogany Series Tattoo Concert can treat your ears to the sweet and mellow sound you would expect from the type of instrument it is.
Comfortability is also important because this ukulele is designed for people with large fingers as well as for beginners.
Just like a good tattoo, the top of the Luna Series ukulele will draw the attention of anyone watching you perform. The spiraling triangles do a great job of grabbing the eye. These triangles also continue throughout the rest of the ukulele, making the sound hole pop out and bringing life to the fret markers.
Going beyond looks, let’s break down the inner workings. Like the Cordoba, we’ve just reviewed, it’s another full mahogany body and the walnut fretboard provides great tones and playability. One key feature of this ukulele is the cutaway neck, which allows for better upper fret access.
The Luna Tattoo is a 15” scale ukulele that comes with 18 frets. It uses open gear tuners, which aren’t the perfect solution to tuning, but they function well enough to keep your instrument well tuned. It comes stocked with a Luna UK-9000 preamp that comes with controls for volume, presence, and bass.
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
5 Kala KA-CGE Gloss Mahogany Series Concert Ukulele with EQ
Prepare yourself, because this next one has some amazing curves. The Kala KA-CGE presents itself with an hourglass body that is sure to draw attention. The overall style of this ukulele makes it appear to be a guitar, from its headstock down through the neck and into the body.
However, the nylon strings of the Kala KA-CGE give it the warm tone that you would expect from a ukulele.
The body is made out of mahogany and provides a nice sound with a lot of reverb and resonance. On the 18 fret fingerboard, the material being used is walnut, and it keeps playing nice and smooth.
This instrument is a true showcase of Kala’s craftsmanship, which is further cemented by the inner electronics it houses. With a volume knob, bass, and treble EQ faders, a built-in chromatic tuner, and the onboard preamp offers everything you need to plug in and perform on any stage.
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
6 Epiphone Les Paul Acoustic/Electric Ukulele Outfit Heritage, Cherry Burst
A lot of guitar fans have been waiting for this one. Considered to be an iconic guitar body, the Les Paul style is instantly recognizable. On this ukulele, it even features the classic sunburst color scheme popularized by Gibson and Epiphone.
Not to be outdone by Les Paul guitars, the Les Paul ukulele is made of a solid mahogany body with a glazed maple top to truly make the instrument sing while looking amazing. It comes with a bolt on neck made of the same quality mahogany. On the fingerboard, Epiphone has used rosewood to add a comfortable feel to the 19 fret ukulele.
The tuning pegs are 14:1 geared machine heads. Normally, guitars and ukuleles use friction tuners to keep the strings at their correct note values. Unfortunately, this can lead to them slipping out of tune, a problem that is rectified by this Les Paul ukulele. That way, musicians can keep on playing with minimal need for re-tuning.
This ukulele has an incredible sound whether it is plugged in or not. The piezo pickup located under the saddle makes sure every note played is broadcast to your audience in stunning quality and clear detail.
Our Rating: (4.1 / 5)
7 Vorson FLPUK2BK Electric Ukulele
At this point, it may seem like we are trying to convert guitarists to ukulele, but it’s not our fault. With instruments like the Vorson FLPUK2BK, the resemblances to an electric guitar are uncanny.
The bridge is more similar than any of the other ukuleles on this list (apart from the ‘E’ from the same company we reviewed earlier), as well as the volume knob and tone switch. You may need to prepare your audience because they could well be very surprised when they hear you playing ukulele songs on this rock-influenced instrument.
Taking the cake for the most original body material on this list, the 2BK consists of candlenut on the top, sides, and back. In an attempt to keep everything consistent, the neck is also made of the same candlenut. However, even Vorson had to go with a maple fingerboard for playability’s sake.
On the body are dual single coil pickups to capture a few different tones depending on the tone the player requires. You can adjust this with the 3-way toggle switch on the top of the ukulele, as well as the amount of tone with the knob right next to it.
Maintenance is very simple with this instrument due to the truss rod being easily accessible and it having a bridge that can be adjusted with a Philips head screwdriver.
The best part of this instrument is how affordable it is. If you are a guitarist looking to expand their horizons or a ukulele player in need of an alternative tone or look, the Vorson FLPUK2BK can fill the role without breaking the bank.
Our Rating: (3.8 / 5)
8 Ellen Electric Concert Ukulele with Amp Beginner Kit
Are you a beginner looking to start with everything you could possibly need? Look no further than Ellen’s Electric Concert Ukulele bundle. This solid offering comes with the ukulele (obviously) with a case, an amp and all necessary cords, a set of picks, a strap, and a spare set of strings.
Coming in at a traditional 23”, this ukulele has a lot of other features, further adding to the draw of this bundle. The electronics built into this model include a 3-band EQ, which is great for finding the sound you are looking for. And a chromatic tuner to keep all of your strings at the correct tuning.
Ellen has gone with the good old “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it“ approach when it comes to the materials used.
This ukulele comes with a combination of mahogany and rosewood, giving it the great tone you would expect from these woods. The cross inlays embedded in the fretboard add a little extra attitude to the black finish with white edges.
Our Rating: (4.2 / 5)
9 Aklot Electric Ukulele Concert 23 Inch Ukulele Solid Mahogany Starter Kit
Sometimes musicians are just looking to get a taste of an instrument without committing a large amount of money. If the previous ukulele was a bit too steep for you, consider the Aklot Electric Ukulele Starter Kit.
Don’t let the fact that this is the least costly addition to this list fool you, because Aklot has created a bundle that is the perfect jumping off point for someone on a budget.
A nice feature of this ukulele is the way it is designed. The body is made of mahogany on the top, side, and back. The neck is made of okoume, breaking away from the mahogany norm. The fingerboard is rosewood, which works surprisingly well in conjunction with the okoume neck when it comes to playability.
Another aspect about the neck is the action of the strings (how high they are from the fingerboard). The action on this ukulele is slightly lower than usual and is designed to make the notes easier to play without frequent buzzing that can be associated with a lower action.
The electronics on the Aklot offer your standard range of options. The 3-Band EQ allows control over the tone, giving you the option of shaping the sound that you want. The built-in tuner comes in handy for always keeping your uke in perfect tuning.
Our Rating: (4.8 / 5)
When it comes to finding the best electronic ukulele, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account. Not only does the instrument need to offer a great preamp with a wide range of sound shaping options, but it also has to have great playability and can be accessible to a wide range of players.
Given everything that has been discussed, in our opinion, the best electric ukulele available is the…
Cordoba 15CM-E Acoustic Electric Concert Ukulele
It combines a great price, plenty of features, and ease of use into a product that exemplifies the standards held by Cordoba.