Makala vs Martin: $50 Uke vs $5000 Uke

Makala vs Martin: $50 Uke vs $5000 Uke



The Martin 3k (Koa) is a beautiful looking instrument. The stories this 90 year old ukulele could tell… if only it could speak. Fortunately, it does in a way. We can continue to play this instrument, made in the 1920’s, and help it continue its musical journey. It definitely is the king of cool, but can it hold a candle next to this guy?



The Makala soprano ukulele. My main uke, as of now. Priced reasonably at $50 retail, there’s a lot of bang per buck. With a proper set up, this uke plays great! Now, I have invested a lot of $ into high end guitar equipment and there definitely is a difference between a Squier and a high end american made Strat… but I’m not sure if I hear that same difference with ukuleles.

I tend to favor the Makala over the Martin. It plays better, sounds brighter, and you do not have to worry about banging it up! If money were no option, I wouldn’t be buying the vintage Martin, I’d be trying out some high end modern ukes. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Let your ear decide which of these two sounds better.

Check out the Makala Soprano Uke on Amazon

Article by: Andrew Hardel