EDIT: The back and sides of this ukulele are actually composite PLASTIC. Only the top is a wood laminate.
I had fun reviewing this Makala Dolphin pink soprano ukulele. I had heard that these little ukuleles are a great value for the money and make great starter ukuleles. I must say, it did not disappoint.
The concert size version of this ukulele:
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The body of the Dolphin and Shark models is composite plastic, most likely ABS. The Dolphin is more like a Flight Travel Ukulele then a Waterman. The Dolphin and Shark necks are Mahogany. For travel or use in real humid environments the ABS neck of the Flight will be more stable. I tried a Dolphin last year and liked the sound, but was concerned about the wood sound board and neck since I was looking for a leave in the car ukulele at the time.
I just got a red Flight Travel Ukulele for my two year old Granddaughter. I felt the non painted ABS body and neck would look better and take more abuse over time. It is also a little Tank of an Ukulele.
Do you still have yours?
That would be a neat comparison video.
As always, keep up the great work 😊
I really love that soprano sound. I bought a really nice cordoba when I was starting out but when I got to stuff with more than just three chords the limitations became immediately apparent. Obviously my limitations and not the instrument. I have retained a couple of concert scale Ukes and I get one out from time to time and check if I'm anymore adept at squeezing these ole bear paws into a shorter scale and can just about manage with alternative placings but it slows you ( me ) down . So I'm a might jealous of folk with slim fingers 😊. Seriously though for a cheapy it sounds really good.
There are already videos on Youtube regarding installation of the strap buttons. It is easy. Hardest part is locating the best spot on the neck. Hold the strap against the neck where you want to mount it and mark the middle of the strap hole. Obviously, tape the tail and the neck where you intend to install the strap buttons.
My first uke was a Makala concert. Very similar price point to the dolphin and I would review it similar to your dolphin. My biggest gripe was those plastic ferrules under the tuning pegs. They constantly rattled and buzzed. I ended up cutting small pieces of felt to put under them. All in all, a good starter instrument.
Hello Jodie, had to comment again. Love this short review of this Makala Dolphin UKE 😊 This pink one looks sweet! I am not a child anymore – and it could be a little crazy – but I have three of these Ukes. A redburst, a greenburst (which was the first one I I bought from these Dolphins) and a yellowburst. And what should I say – I love them all. I like the sound, the look and the fact that they are great for travel or as an outdoor UKE. I put Martin 600 strings on all of them. And the yellow one is my UKE which got a place at my Work. Sometimes when I am stressed from the Work I make a pause and play on it. Its a lot of fun – and I agree with you that it is a great choice for kids or perhaps adults as an beginner UKE! … or for travelling! Mahalo Nui and be blessed from Germany Bettina
winter Blossom October 29, 2019 at 8:23 pm
I’m in middle school and for life skills I have ukulele and I have one of these for the class