Similarly to many other string instruments, the ukulele has several different shapes and sizes that affect the tone and playability. Below are the most common sizes and some examples of our stock.
Known for its relatively small 21" length and bright chimy tone, the soprano ukulele is the most common size and what most people picture when they think of the ukulele. Lightweight and compact, the soprano uke is a great option for kids, smaller players, and players on the go because of their smaller fret spacing and smaller body size. The soprano uke also tends to have a higher pitched, brighter and softer sound but will also less sound projection because of its smaller body.
The next step up from the soprano is the concert size. Having a longer scale length makes the concert a more comfortable size for larger players looking for a sound that is more similar to the higher end chime of a soprano, but gives you more fretboard space. The concert's larger body size does give it a more full sound and volume than a soprano. The concert ukulele is tuned to G-C-E-A just like the soprano, so chords and scales are easily transferrable between different sizes.
A step up from the concert size, the 26" inch tenor ukulele is a comfortable fit for larger players and is common among professional players for it's wider neck, bigger string spacing, and above all a louder, fuller, and more resonant sound. This is the generally largest sized ukulele that that utilizes traditional ukulele tuning of G-C-E-A.
The largest of standard ukulele sizes, the baritone ukulele delivers a deeper, more resonant tone than any of the other ukulele sizes, more similar to a classical guitar. The baritone also has even wider fret spacing and a longer and wider neck for a very comfortable playing experience for larger players. The baritone uke is also tuned to D-G-B-E - the same as the highest 4 strings of a guitar, making the transition for someone already familiar with the guitar very easy.
As seen on the Beaver Creek BCUKE-B