Experience the Sound of a Martin Ukulele

You’ve heard of Martin Guitars, right? Silly question, we know. 

Did you know Martin also makes some pretty amazing Ukuleles? That might be a surprise. Many people don’t know about them, and many people are missing out.

Starting production in 1919, Martin puts 175 years of guitar manufacturing and ​almost a hundred years of Ukulele making experience into all of their instruments, and it shows.

Recommending a Martin Ukulele is actually kinda tough. They don’t make a bad instrument, therefor it’s almost an embarrassment of riches as we talk about them.  

To decide which Martins we’d recommend we had to look at a lot of factors. Not only did we look at all of the items we normally consider, things like: volume, tone, sound, material, construction, and appearance, with Martin we decided to ​consider the cost too. It would be easy to recommend a bunch of $1000-$2000 Ukes that many in our audience couldn’t afford. but we wanted to select some that most of our audience would really enjoy and still be able to afford. 

Before we get into our recommendations, we want to cover the sizes available to you when shopping Martin Ukuleles. ​

Martin Ukulele Sizes

The only major size category that Martin does not currently offer is the Baritone, they have very strong offerings in the Soprano, Concert, and Tenor sizes, though. 

Leaning Ukulele

​Martin Soprano Ukes

Martin’s Soprano Ukes carry a traditional size and shape. Most are 20” long and have 17 frets. Despite their small size, Martin manages to get great, relaxing, light sound out these instruments that makes it easy to imagine you’re enjoying the beaches of Hawaii.

Martin Concert Ukulele

Possibly the perfect starter Ukulele, the concert size is easier for many to play then the Soprano but carries more of a traditional sound than some Tenor or Baritone models. Weighing in at 23” long and equipped with 17 frets, these are some of our favorite Martins. 

Martin Tenor Ukulele

If you’re transitioning from a Martin Guitar to the Ukulele this may be the perfect size for you to start with. The Tenor Uke is the largest size that Martin makes and is just a little smaller than a travel guitar. 

Measuring 26” long and equipped with a standard 20 frets, this instrument will be comfortable for most former guitar players. 

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Now, on to the information you came for! Here are our recommendations for Martin Ukes in each of the three size categories they produce Ukuleles in. 

Martin Soprano Ukulele

Our Recommendation:  Martin S1 Ukulele

The Martin S1 is everything you’d expect from a Martin without the heavy price tag you may be dreading. This Uke sports a one-piece mahogany top paired with a full solid wood mahogany body. The fretboard is made out of a super playable morado material. 

You can normally find this Uke for under $500, giving you all the quality you’d expect from Martin at a very reasonable price. 

Runner Up:  Martin OXK Soprano Ukulele

The least expensive Martin we could find. This is an amazing value. 

Martin S1 Ukulele

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Martin Concert Ukulele

Our Recommendation:  Martin 2 Concert Ukulele

A special Uke, the Martin 2 has everything you’d expect from a Ukulele at this price. Genuine one peice mahogany body and neck are coupled with a East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 

Martin 2 Concert

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The Black Tusq saddle and the grained Ivoroid Binding really shine on this model, adding the extra special touch you’d expect from an instrument in this price range. 

Runner Up:  Martin C1K Concert Uke

This instrument sports the beautiful traditional Uke wood Hawaiian Koa and a price tag that will fit in more budgets than the Martin 2. 

Martin Tenor Ukulele

Our Recommendation:  Martin 1T IZ Tenor Ukulele

There may only be one artist who played the Ukulele who is a household name. That man, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (IZ) inspired millions. This instrument is Martins tribute to him. As a finishing touch to a brilliant Uke, this instrument is adorned with an “IZ” inlaid in a hibiscus flower that is pink awabi pearl. 

Simply put, this Ukulele is worth every penny. 

Runner Up: Martin Natural Koa Tenor

This beautiful Hawaiian Koa Ukulele doesn’t have the bells and whistles that the “IZ” does, but its an amazing value and one you’ll be happy with for years.

Martin 1T IZ Tenor

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Wrap Up​

It is obvious if you look at any of the Martin Ukuleles that they’ve used the lessons they’ve learned from almost 100 years of manufacturing to guarantee they remain an elite instrument maker. 

Yes, these Ukuleles are expensive. That being said, it’s safe to say that if you spend the money you won’t need a new instrument for many, many years! ​