Aside from a player-friendly ukulele and good value, most beginners are looking for a convenient way to get started on their new instrument. This ukulele starter kit from Bondi Ukuleles combines all these elements to deliver a bundle with true value to any ukulele beginner. With lots of content – both accessories and tuition – on offer, there’s plenty to discuss, so let’s get started!
Most importantly, we begin with the ukulele, which is a Bondi MA-C. This cute little instrument has a full-size concert ukulele body (around 23” in total), which is nicely spaced for adult beginners first learning their way around the fretboard. The design is quite simple, with a naturally-finished body made entirely from laminated sapele, featuring an attractive engraved soundhole rosette.
On the neck sits a rosewood fretboard with 18 frets (14 in the clear), which are marked by little triangle inlays. Overall it feels easy to play and, with full-size concert features and a slightly wider nut width, offers plenty of room to develop as a player. The main question we ask is whether the ukulele would be worth the hundred-dollar asking price without all the accessories. Perhaps not quite, but if the uke was all you got you wouldn’t really feel ripped off.
However, the instrument is in no way the only thing you get – as you may have guessed from the pictures. The ukulele itself features chrome die-cast tuning machines, which is pretty standard for a uke in this price range, but a good addition. It also comes strung with a set of Aquila Nylgut strings, which are some of the best uke strings around.
Another highlight is the gig bag that comes in the bundle. This is very well-padded, with ‘compression sponge’ and feels like a quality item – a world away from some of the cheap nylon bags you see in this market. A choice of eye-catching designs is also a bonus. This bundle also arrives with an instructional video course and a Skype lesson with a pro, as well as some other tuitional material. You also get some quality accessories such as a clip-on digital tuner, felt plectrums, a neck strap, a good capo, and even some other guitar gifts including a gold-plated bookmark! Quite the haul, and all feel genuinely useful.
In addition to looking and playing nicely, the Bondi ukulele has a very nice sound that’s great for beginners, while more experienced players would also enjoy the richness on offer. It doesn’t provide some of the complexities you’d find on a higher-end uke, but the concert body gives a slightly better projection than some other beginner-targeted ukuleles, so – like the build and design – it gives you room to grow.
Bondi Ukuleles have developed a bundle that really impresses. The ukulele alone is worth considering, but throw in the accessories and tuition material, and you have a very interesting prospect. Bondi boast that buying each individual item separately would cost over $400. We’re not so sure how accurate that is, but the value you get for under $100 is incredible.