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On this week's episode of Ukulele Webcam Sessions, Matt talks about Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome or U.A.S. He explains how excitement for playing the ukulele, coupled with its many shapes and sizes, sometimes leads people to feel an urge to buy a variety of ukes. Matt shares his thoughts regarding quality vs quantity, growing into an instrument vs earning one, and he describes his own journey of overcoming U.A.S. If you want to know more about one of Matt's main ukuleles, check out this previous Ukulele Webcam Sessions (Ep.36) – What Ukulele Do You Use, and let us know your thoughts on Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome.


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  1. What you say is true, to a point. However, if you don’t live in a large, metropolitan area, you may not have access to actually play on a wide variety of instruments. My local music store, and there is only one in my town, carries 3 makes of ukuleles. I can’t simply go in and try a $600 instrument. If I buy by brand, as you suggest and have $500+ to spend, I will have to buy the instrument long-distance, probably online, having only heard the manufacturer’s demo video.
    I strongly suggest people wanting to move up from a starter instrument to go to gotaukulele.com. There you can view scores of objective reviews of dozens of brands, and a wide spread of price points. There is SO much more to buying the right uke for you than just the brand name and size of the instrument!

  2. Matt,
    I am Ukulele ignorant. I am musically challenged. I am 66 yrs. old and have been having a blast for the past year learning the Uke. This session confirmed what I had suspected, that each manufacturer has a certain “sound” and that the different woods (along with strings) slightly modify that individual sound. I have identified the “sound” I am looking for and therefore the manufacturer. Now, if I could just find a smart uke that already knows the songs, I’d be a better player than listener. 😉 Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I look forward to all of your sessions.

  3. Really helpful comments, Matt. I bought a $250 concert ukulele as my first instrument and am a UU+ member so working with what they have to offer, including your webcam sessions. I’ve just started to feel like I wanted to buy another use but wasn’t quite sure why or what. But I think that you may have clarified for me that I might be ready for an instrument of higher quality than what I have. Sometimes when I’m playing the uke of a friend of mine which is a higher quality uke, I find myself really liking how it sounds and feels. My friend doesn’t play her instrument often and I’ve even asked to buy it from her but she wants to keep it in her collection, and I don’t blame her. But maybe this means I should think about upgrading my own.

  4. Matt, I totally agree with you. I like investing in the best quality instrument one can afford. I’ve found that a beginner who buys a cheap ukulele because he is unsure whether he wants to play it or not, soon discovers that it doesn’t sound good (not his fault but the ukulele’s construction). Eventually he stops playing because he doesn’t sound good and thinks it’s his fault. I enjoy your videos. You’re a good teacher, a great addition to the UU guys. Mahalo!

  5. I have three, totaling about $600 and am more than ready (and wanting!) to buy a higher end, special, ukulele. My problem is that there aren’t any of those around here for sale, and I am not even sure what brand or wood I want. And so, I keep my fingers crossed that I will be on a trip someday, or maybe at a ukulele workshop of some sort, and will come upon a real sweetheart and fall in love. In the meantime, I agree with you. I don’t really want another.
    (Then again…….the three I have are all concert size…………hummmm.)

  6. Well said Matt! I have a nice Kala low g, then I bought a beautiful hand made tenor from Gladstone Guitars which is superb in both build quality and tone and has had the effect on me exactly as you describe. It pushes me to improve. For fun I am having an old eight string banjo mandolin restored and tuned as a banjo Ukulele.

  7. Cure! You’ve made me worse, I have 16 ukes from piccolo, to baritone. 4 to 8 string. Low g, high g. Low d to hi d. Ranging from £120 spalted maple laminate to £650 5 string cocobollo. So where do I go from now, please answer because I’m hovering over eBay lol (joke!)

  8. i gifted two ukuleles of starter quality before I purchased the one nice uke I currently own.
    Now I’m fixated on getting a banjo uke. It is in my future!

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