Ukulele Review about the ukulele pictured, the Makala MK-S by Kala
The Makala ukes also use brass frets rather than the nickel frets used by Kala ukes. Nickel frets are a little stronger than brass and may last longer.
Most entry level ukes use brass frets and woods that are similar to mahogany, but are less expensive. Those are some of the ways they keep the cost down.
Makala ukes are great sounding ukes for the money and great for beginners! They are also a favorite among teachers because they represent such a great value.
On better quality ukuleles the top, the piece of wood with the soundhole in it, is made from solid wood. Inexpensive ukuleles will have a top that is made from laminates. A laminate is a number of pieces of wood glued together like ply-wood.
A solid wood top will produce a more pleasing sound than laminates, solid wood will vibrate with the sound of the strings and produce a louder richer sound. The best ukuleles will be made of all solid wood. The more solid wood that is used, the better volume and projection you will have.
The neck dose not have to be as strong because nylon string have allot less tension than steel stings do. Because there is less tension on the strings, ukuleles do not need, or have a truss rod adjustment like guitars and mandolins do.
On nicer ukuleles they might be made from ebony and on entry level ukuleles they will be made from a less expensive hardwood and painted black. On these ukuleles the fretboards may be described as ebonized. This means they are made of hardwood and painted black.
The frets are typically make of nickel but on inexpensive ukuleles they are made of brass. Brass is softer and less expensive than nickel.
Nuts on better ukuleles are made of bone or ebony. On entry level ukuleles they are made of plastic.