Soprano Ukulele

The ukulele is a plucked stringed instrument, used as the main instrument in the music of Hawaiian Islands, Tahiti and Easter Island that originally had five strings. It is an adaptation of the Portuguese cavaquinho created in the 1880s in Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It later spread to French Polynesia and Easter Island with a more rustic carving, giving rise to the Tahitian or Polynesian ukulele.

The four dimensions of ukulele are: soprano, concerto, tenor and baritone. In the 1920’s the ukulele concerto was developed, a little larger in size and also with a slightly deeper sound. Today the ukulele has four strings, but there are also six and eight-string models.

The soprano ukulele, also called standard in Hawaii, measure approximately 53 cm, is the smallest of the ukuleles and is considered to be the original ukulele. The soprano is the best selling ukulele in the world. They are usually the cheapest and their sound is the highest of the whole family of ukuleles. Is the first choice of the vast majority and is used by many professional musicians who need to accompany their voice with a ukulele.

Soprano Ukulele 

Subcategories

  • Accesories

    In Maderas Barber we have rosettes for the different sizes of ukulele, both for Concert and Tenor, and for Soprano. The rosettes are the perfect accessory to customize your ukulele; discover our models. You can also find pegs and saddles for the three types of ukulele.

  • Sides

    The ukulele sides are a very important part of the soundboard, which together with the backs are the responsible for transmitting the bass sound, although it is true that this instrument reflect a higher sound than usual, the sides help to balance the sound. The ukulele are instruments of a smaller size than the guitar so its soundboard acquires greater importance when it comes to getting a good sound, that’s why the choice of the sides is an important part in the final finish of the instrument.

    Maderas Barber decided to eliminate the inferior qualities in its selection process for this type of instruments, and we decided to group the medium and high qualities in one standard, thus raising the quality level of our woods. We also decided to bet on a great variety of woods and look for the best balance between the most exotic and spectacular, and at the same time, with the best sound qualities. 

  • Fingerboards

    The ukulele fingerboard, as in most of the plucked string instruments, is the part of the instrument that suffers the most wear and tear due to the rubbing of the strings and fingers.

    The most commonly used woods for fingerboards are dense woods with a great power of resistance and good acoustic properties. Maintenance is very important in these pieces. One of the ways to achieve greater longevity on our fingerboards is to use special oils to nourish the wood so that it doesn’t break.

    Both Ebony and Indian Rosewood not only fulfill this function perfectly, but will also give your instrument a leap in quality due to its many properties and prestige.

  • Backs

    The Ukelele Soprano backs together with the sides and top forming the soundboard and are responsible for transmitting the lowest sounds. In addition, it is one of the most visible parts and therefore they are vital at the time to make the instrument beautiful.

    Maderas Barber decided to eliminate the inferior qualities in its selection process for this type of instruments, and we decided to group the medium and high qualities in one standard, thus raising the quality level of our woods. We also decided to bet on a great variety of woods and look for the best balance between the most exotic and spectacular, and at the same time, with the best sound qualities.  

  • Necks

    The ukulele neck, unlike the classical guitar neck, is much smaller so the tension it causes on the strings is less because the distance between the pegs and the bridge is shorter. Also, the size of the ukulele neck has been related to guitarists or musicians who were more comfortable playing an instrument with a smaller neck, as they could access to the frets much better.

    In Maderas Barber we have necks of American Mahogany certified FSC 100%, African Mahogany and Cedar of the best quality to satisfy the demand of our customers.

  • Tops

    The Ukulele top is for sure the most important part of the instrument to transmit the desired sound. Both tops and backs can be built in one piece or in two symmetrical pieces as the guitar is built.

    Maderas Barber decided to eliminate the inferior qualities in its selection process for this type of instruments, and we decided to group the medium and high qualities in one standard, thus raising the quality level of our woods.

    The European Spruce, the American Spruce or Engelman and the Canadian Red Cedar are the queen when choosing the wood for the top of any stringed instrument. The three woods can be found in Maderas Barber.