I’m relatively new to the world of ukulele. I started playing in about 2012 as a necessity to my journey into the stock music market. You can hear some of my stock music “hits” utilizing the ukulele here. The first ukulele I owned was a Lanikai. It was about $40-$50 at Guitar Center. Maybe I’ll include a link below. I ended up forgetting that Ukulele in an attempted move to Las Vegas. I went out there for a job at a recording studio and it didn’t pan out, pun intended, and when I moved back to Colorado I forgot to bring my Uke back. Dumb. But that leads me to the title of this post the Luna vs the Breedlove.
First off, the Luna was a beautiful ukulele. I purchased the $99 Tattoo one you can get at Guitar Center. I thought it had an awesome tone. It was more of a warm and rich tone that I appreciate from a lot of instruments. The problem I had with it was, in Colorado, it’s dry here. And certain instruments and wood hate Colorado. Maybe it was something to do with the Mahogany, I’m not sure. It ended up warping pretty quickly, within days of purchase. Keep in mind, I understand the concept of humidifying and why it is so important, especially in Colorado, but I have owned multiple guitars and ukuleles here and it seems certain ones just can’t take the dryness here. My acoustic guitar, I have never humidified and it has acclimated to Colorado just fine, I’ve never had a problem with it. Needless to say, the Luna started buzzing out pretty badly on the first few frets, most noticeable on the 3rd string. I’m all about playability and the instruments ability to withstand the Colorado elements so I had to return the Luna. Maybe if you live in a more humid climate and keep a humidifier in it all the time, you can own one of these and get away with it. I don’t have time personally to baby a uke. I have too many other instruments to take care of and gig with, so it just doesn’t make sense to me, but you may have a different experience.
Enter the Breedlove. I went back to the good ole Guitar Center and tried a few Ukuleles. I ended up selecting the Breedlove Pursuit Ex for around $180. Now that was a bit of a price jump from $99 but I knew I was getting a quality made , probably not gonna warp in the first week, ukulele. Now the tone is different, it is a much brighter sound in my opinion. I think it leaves a bit to be desired in warmth and mid range, but again, I am as much about playability and durability as tone, so I feel secure about my purchase and feel this ukulele will serve my purposes and needs. It cuts through the mix nicely in recordings. Below I will post a few videos involving the ukuleles I have mentioned in this article and links to my suggested purchases.
Breedlove Pursuit Ex Ukulele in my Nirvana Lithium cover
Lanikai Ukulele from my Billie Eilish Ukulele Lesson
The Lovely Lovely Luna Tattoo Ukulele in my Kid Laroi – So Done – Ukulele Lesson
The Breedlove Pursuit Ex in my new Shawn Mendes Justin Bieber “Monster” Ukulele Lesson
My Suggested Links
If you’re buying on Amazon I would go for this Breedlove – https://amzn.to/3nNeUsI. It’s actually a little nicer than the Pursuit I have and you won’t need to purchase a gig bag like I did.
And this humidifier – https://amzn.to/378nJH4. Even though I am not a huge fan of trying desperately to keep instruments humidified in Colorado, I still use this for my Breedlove Pursuit. Just toss it on the uke in the case or gig bag and keep water in it regularly.
Here’s the Luna if you live in a humid place and want to baby it – https://amzn.to/2HzgC1y. Again, I think it’s a wonderful Ukulele and sounds amazing, I wish it had worked out for me, but it just didn’t.
Here’s a similar Lanikai to the one I had as a beginner Uke Player – https://amzn.to/3m07UID
Grab these Martin Ukulele Strings – https://amzn.to/2UXMIqw
My fave Snark Tuner – https://amzn.to/3lTQUUh