The 7 Best And Most Expensive Ukuleles Available in 2022!

Check Out The Most Expensive Ukuleles That Are Available On The Market!

Introduction

Most expensive ukulele available on the market

First of all, let us mention that today we are not going to make a review of the most expensive ukulele in the WORLD, but we are going to review some of the most costly and quality ukuleles that are available on the market and you can buy in 2022!

Premium instruments, availability, and short uke history

The world of music is full of premium and costly instruments. Whether it’s an antique violin or a customized Louis Vitton guitar, you’ll find instruments worth more than three houses.

The most expensive ukulele might not be the first instrument that comes to mind when you consider luxurious collectibles, however, there’s a market for premium ukes as well.

The first ukulele date back to Hawaii during the 19th century. It was the native Hawaiian version of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument. Over the next century, the ukulele grew to become tremendously popular throughout the USA.

People across the globe have been strumming a ukulele, and its popularity continues to develop to this present day.

The reason why people are buying an expensive ukulele

Ukuleles are typically defined as a relatively low-cost musical instrument. However, all of the ukuleles aren’t cheap and some of the most expensive ukulele instruments will be presented on our list.

You possibly can spend few thousand dollars in order to buy this ukulele instrument. Actually, there are some collectors who search for the most expensive ukulele available in the market with the intention to get it into their collection.

Cheap ukuleles can be bought from the market for a price somewhere between $100 and $500. Those that are marked over $500 are defined as the expensive ones. Why do people spend their money in order to buy the most expensive ukulele?

An inexpensive ukulele also has the ability to play music. You’ll be able to set such a ukulele on the counter, throw it in your car and play every time you want without a problem.

Actually, you don’t need to worry about accidental drops because they’re cheap. However, it has been recognized that a large number of individuals in today’s world prefer to spend their cash in order to buy an expensive ukulele.

Collectors

The primary goal of ukulele collectors is to be the owner of the best collection in the world. Because of this, they don’t pay a lot of attention to the price. They simply want to increase their collection by finding more and more ukuleles. They don’t think twice before spending cash on a rare or vintage ukulele.

That’s the main purpose why there’s a big demand for vintage ukuleles in today’s world. Vintage ukuleles are being posted for sale in online shops however they get sold within a few hours. This fact clearly reveals the demand for such instruments in the ukulele world.

People don’t spend their money on expensive ukulele just to play it. They like the build quality, the look and feel of those instruments ahead of how they sound. In addition, they pay special attention to the uniqueness of the ukulele. A lot of the vintage and expensive ukes that can be bought from the market are handmade ones.

These instruments have a higher value in comparison with others. In case you can afford it, there’s nothing wrong to spend cash and buy an expensive ukulele. It’s completely up to you to make the choice and it’s your money. Most people who buy these musical instruments have a similar mindset as well.

In addition, we made a list and short review of the best costly ukuleles and most expensive ukuleles that you can buy in 2022.

Romero Creations Tiny Tenor Spalted Mango

Romero Creations Tiny Tenor Spalted Mango is one awesome ukulele, taken from traditional ukulele style and made (compressed) down so it can fit in our modern, space-saving lives.

You are going to love this tiny tenor ukulele reduced in size, and built to reach spaces only concert ukuleles were able previously.

The reduction at the headstock gives the illusion of more space at the top of the neck. Those that like pineapple ukuleles with the Ditson like tightness in the bass will agree that this ukulele has a fantastically clean and honest sound.

This great instrument is built with quality and it will last a lifetime if you take proper care of him. The polyester finish kinda reminds us of Kanilea and seems to be tough as nails.

This Tiny Tenor ukulele sounds great and is loud, it is louder than many regular bodied tenor ukuleles.

The spruce top of the ukulele makes it clear and punchy and the body vibrates actively when all four strings are moving. Intonation is spot on and playability is great all the way up the fretboard.

There isn’t a single customer that was not satisfied with this ukulele, and that is enough for us to recommend this ukulele to everyone that really enjoys playing and appreciate a high-quality instrument.

Features

  • Designed by Pepe Romero.
  • Body: Solid mango.
  • Pepe’s reverse fan bracing.
  • Neck: Mahogany.
  • Fretboard and bridge: Ebony.
  • Abalone dot fretboard inlays in the 5th, 7th, 10th, and 12th fret.
  • Scale length: 432 mm (17″).
  • Nut and saddle: Bone.
  • 16 Frets.
  • Daniel Ho logo.
  • Rosette: abalone.
  • Color: Natural.
  • Includes soft case.

Romero Creations Tiny Tenor Spalted Mango

Romero Creations Tiny Tenor Spalted Mango Info

Designed by Pepe Romero, Body: Solid mango, Daniel Ho logo, Rosette: abalone, Color: Natural, Includes soft case!

Flight A10QM Aqua Blue 10th Anni

The Flight A10 QM Aqua Blue Tenor Ukulele has a breathtaking look and it really plays as it looks.

Featuring the very best grade quilted maple, this ukulele is full of features including an ebony fretboard, ebony bridge, and ebony comfort edge.

It has a maple neck, a special 10th-anniversary headstock, abalone rosette and purfling, a pin bridge, Brazilian fluorocarbon strings, and an updated deluxe carrying bag that comes together with the ukulele. Simply said it is a ukulele that you will pick up, but you will refuse to put it down.

Flight released four amazing tenor ukuleles and celebrated its tenth anniversary with that.

While Flight is known for making high-quality ukuleles, these anniversary models symbolize a new frontier for the company—solid wood ukuleles individually crafted by a master luthier, with a level of workmanship, playability, and sound rivaling the best ukuleles on the planet.

Features

  • 10th Anniversary model.
  • Top: solid curly maple.
  • Body: solid curly maple.
  • Neck: maple.
  • Fretboard: ebony.
  • Offset fretboard inlays.
  • Slotted headstock.
  • Comfort edge.
  • Abalone rosette.
  • Nut width: 38 mm.
  • Bone nut.
  • 19 Frets.
  • Ebony bridge with bone bridge inlay.
  • Color: Aqua Blue.
  • Includes deluxe gig bag.

Flight A10QM Aqua Blue 10th Anni

Flight A10QM Aqua Blue 10th Anni Info

10th Anniversary model, Comfort edge, Abalone rosette, Ebony bridge with bone bridge inlay, Colour: Aqua Blue, Includes deluxe gig bag!

Ziegenspeck E-Uke Tenor

If you ever wanted a smaller ukulele with incredible sound and a great look, then your search is probably over when you see this awesome Ziegenspeck Electric Ukulele Tenor size.

The sound this ukulele is producing is incredible even without amplification. It has a warm somehow lovely sound and it is loud enough to enjoy playing it without reinforcement, but also quiet enough not to wake up your kids in the evenings.

Once you put a sound reinforcement on this ukulele you will notice that whole worlds of sound design open up for you, it is amazing.

The workmanship and the selection of wood are of the finest quality and the knowledge that this is a hand-built master instrument also will increase your playing pleasure.

It has a body and neck made of mahogany, Redwood top, fretboard, and bridge made of Leadwood with PVC Ivoroid body binding.

Additionally, Ziegenspeck E-Uke Tenor has a Padouk headstock, nitro finish with natural color and it comes together with a gig-bag.

With many satisfied customers and great reviews we highly recommend this ukulele for more advanced players and collectors.

Features

  • Body dimensions: Tenor.
  • Body: Mahogany.
  • Top: Redwood.
  • Neck: Mahogany.
  • Fretboard / Bridge: Leadwood.
  • Headstock: Padouk.
  • Body binding: PVC ivoroid.
  • Scale: 430 mm.
  • Nut width: 36 mm.
  • Pickup: Piezo system.
  • Finish: Nitro.
  • Color: Natural.
  • Case included.

Ziegenspeck E-Uke Tenor

Ziegenspeck E-Uke Tenor Info

Top: Redwood, Fretboard / Bridge: Leadwood, Body binding: PVC ivoroid, Pickup: Piezo system, Finish: Nitro, Color: Natural, Case included!

Ziegenspeck Sunrise Ukulele Concert

Luthier built all solid mahogany concert ukulele from the talented Tom Ziegenspeck. Ziegenspeck Sunrise Ukulele is a concert-sized uke from all solid wood “Sunrise” with natural color and Maple body binding.

All solid mahogany body and neck with headstock made of Padouk, together with fretboard and bridge made of Leadwood (African ancestor tree).

Ziegenspeck Sunrise Ukulele additionally features “Goat Speck Uke-Up Transducer Piezo System” pickups, nitro finish, and natural color, and it comes with a carry bag.

Ziegenspeck Sunrise Ukulele Concert is one of the best ukuleles you can possibly get, it has great quality and awesome sound. At Thomann, it comes with a 3-year warranty.

Features

  • Body: Mahogany.
  • Neck: Mahogany.
  • Fretboard/bridge made of Leadwood (African ancestor tree).
  • Headstock: Padouk.
  • Body binding: Maple.
  • Scale: 383 mm.
  • Nut width: 36 mm.
  • Pickups: Goat Speck Uke-Up Transducer Piezo System.
  • Finish: Nitro.
  • Colour: Natural.
  • Case included.

Ziegenspeck Sunrise Ukulele Concert

Ziegenspeck Sunrise Ukulele Concert Info

Fretboard/bridge made of Leadwood, Headstock: Padouk, Body binding: Maple, Finish: Nitro, Color: Natural, Case included!

Romero Creations ST Concert Mango

Romero Creations ST Concert Mango is an incredible concert ukulele that is a product of Pepe Romero Jr. and Daniel Ho’s collaboration, once again.

This solid spalted mango tenor body ukulele has the lower bout body width so the sound has extra depth and richness. The reduction at the headstock gives the illusion of more space at the top of the neck.

Romero Creations ST Mango ukulele is an exciting offering with real and practical advantages to the design features. It has beautiful, unique wood, a lovely real abalone rosette, and is shown off with a beautiful gloss finish. The feel is the relaxed tension of a concert however the tone leans more towards a tenor, but a bit extra mellow and slightly more warmth.

Once you experience this new Romero Creations concert ukulele, you will definitely love it. This uke is built with quality, it comes with a soft case and will last a lifetime if you take proper care of him.

Features

  • Designed by Pepe Romero.
  • Tiny Tenor body: Solid mango.
  • Neck: Mahogany.
  • Fretboard: Ebony.
  • Daniel Ho Logo.
  • Abalone rosette.
  • Scale length: 381 mm.
  • 15 Frets.
  • Ebony bridge.
  • Tuning: Low G.
  • Color: Natural.
  • Includes softcase.

Romero Creations ST Concert Mango

Romero Creations ST Concert Mango Info

Designed by Pepe Romero, Tiny Tenor body: Solid mango, Abalone rosette, Ebony bridge, Color: Natural, Includes soft case!

Flight A10SC Cocobolo 10th Anni

The Flight A10 SC Cocobolo Dragon Tenor Ukulele features an incredible mixture of solid tonewoods that look wonderful together and sound even better.

With a solid Engelmann spruce top and a strong cocobolo back and sides, the main centerpiece of the ukulele is a turquoise dragon inlay on the fretboard. The dragon is the symbol of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the home of Flight Ukulele.

The instrument includes a redwood rosette with a Roman numeral “X” inlay for the 10th anniversary. Along with these features, this ukulele additionally includes a special 10th-anniversary headstock, black binding with a thin line of purfling, a pin bridge, Brazilian fluorocarbon strings, and an updated deluxe gig bag.

Flight Ukuleles has decided to celebrate its tenth anniversary by releasing four amazing tenor ukuleles as we already said before and this is the second ukulele on our list.

While Flight is known for making high-quality, affordable ukuleles, these anniversary models symbolize a new frontier for the company—solid wood ukuleles individually crafted by a master luthier, with a level of craftsmanship, playability, and sound rivaling the finest and high-end ukuleles on the planet.

Features

  • 10th Anniversary Model.
  • Top: Solid Engelmann spruce.
  • Body: Solid cocobolo.
  • Neck: Mahogany.
  • Fretboard: Ebony.
  • Dragon fretboard inlays.
  • Open headstock.
  • Redwood rosette.
  • Nut width: 38 mm.
  • Bone nut.
  • 19 Frets.
  • Ebony bridge with bone saddle.
  • Color: Natural high gloss.
  • Includes deluxe gig bag.

Flight A10SC Cocobolo 10th Anni

Flight A10SC Cocobolo 10th Anni Info

Body: Solid Cocobolo, Top: Solid Engelmann spruce, Dragon fretboard inlays, Open headstock, Color: Natural high gloss, Includes deluxe gig bag.

Romero Creations Grand Tenor Koa

Easily the most requested instrument has been the ‘conventional shaped’ Romero Grand Tenor Ukuleles. You would ask, why? Well, it does something totally different and unique and in many respects is the Ukulele the world has been asking for.

It has a thin trendy-style neck with a wider 38mm nut width but retains the compact Romero headstock which many find comfy behind the hand when playing chords in the first position. It has an enlarged Tenor body that much more closely resembles a Baritone Ukulele with a deep 7.8cm body depth.

Romero Creations like to represent these Ukes as having a Piano sound and sustain and it is really hard to disagree because the bigger body actually does create a deeper richer sound without the higher frequencies and notes suffering or getting lost in the mix.

Most of the Romero Creation models like this one are made in Vietnam and the rather unusual setting for the manufacture punctuates the unique instruments they produce.

There’s nothing like a Romero Creations Grand Tenor or the Tiny Tenors – they’re professional instruments made for players that needed more volume, needed more bass, needed a wider fingerboard, needed an alternative.

What is the difference between the two? The Koa model has a bit less Bass and a little more or bubbly undertones when you pick individual notes whereas the Mango model is darker and more of a strummer’s instrument. The right answer is that you should purchase both of them.

We highly recommend this Grand Tenor Koa model because this is one of the best ukuleles that you can buy online. The best price and delivery time you will get, is on Thomann, and your instrument will come with 3 years warranty.

Features

  • Designed by Pepe Romero.
  • Body: Solid Koa.
  • Neck: Mahogany.
  • Fingerboard: Ebony.
  • Daniel Ho logo.
  • Abalone rosette.
  • 18 frets.
  • Ebony bridge.
  • Tuning: Low G.
  • Color: Natural.
  • Includes softcase.

Romero Creations Grand Tenor Koa

Romero Creations Grand Tenor Koa Info

Designed by Pepe Romero, Body: Solid Koa, Daniel Ho logo, Ebony bridge, Color: Natural, Includes soft case!

Conclusion

For those who love the ukulele and have a taste for expensive things, think about getting your hands on one of these premium instruments. Not only are they rare collectibles, but they also sound amazing.

Some of the characteristics you’ll discover in a high-end ukulele are the materials and wood they use. That is what makes it a costly ukulele and a mark for quality instruments built.

Keep in mind, playing a high-quality expensive ukulele is enjoyable. However, nothing beats playing some of the most expensive ukuleles in the world. We hope you found this post helpful, informational, and interesting.

Also, we want to let you know that there is a minor difference between an expensive ukulele and the best ukulele in terms of quality. Not all the time the most expensive one is the best, so take a closer look at the features of the ukulele you are after to see what you are getting for the money.

If you are looking for additional and cheaper options, feel free to check our Leolani Ukulele Review.

Happy Strumming!

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  1. This is not about “most expensive” but is an advertisement for 2 brands of ukuleles. There is no mention of prices and the instruments mentioned are very affordable ukuleles. The ukuleles listed are quality, I would just rather see an honest write-up the ukuleles

    • Hi Larry,

      Thanks for the comment!

      To be honest, the article is focused on ukuleles that are over $500 and that most professionals with serious intentions will look into them. We understand that there are ukuleles way more expensive than the list we offered in the post. In a near future, we will provide another great read or update this one with more models that are actually in the upper budget range.

      Bests!

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