Caramel CT102A Tenor Custom Engraving Ukulele Review

When I was shopping for my first Ukulele, I ended up purchasing one that was hard to tune and could hardly produce a reasonable tone. My problem was solved after I conducted a thorough research that led me to buy the entry level Caramel - CT102A zebra ukulele

Things to Consider Before Buying a Ukulele

Size is the first consideration to take into account when looking for a perfect uke. The standard sizes sold out there include soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Each size is designed to produce a different tone.

Besides size, you also need to shop around for one that is carved from sturdy wood. Some of the standard woods used in designing ukuleles are mahogany, rosewood, spruce, Koa, and cedar. You can also shop around for one that falls within your budget range.

The Caramel CT102A Zebra Wood Tenor

Caramel’s CT102A zebra wood tenor is constructed thoughtfully from a zebrawood and rosewood to last long. Besides durability, the zebrawood also has an appealing varnish-like finish with stripes that give the instrument an elegant appearance.

Other notable features on this entry-level uke include the Aquila strings that offer a superior rich tone, sturdy frosted tuning pegs for a smooth tuning experience, open geared tuners, a buffalo bone nut and saddle, and 17 frets. The overall body length of this uke is 26 inches.

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    Stylish appearance
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    Reasonably priced
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    Its lightweight eliminates unnecessary weigh that can lead to fatigue
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    Built to last
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     Has an excellent tone
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    It comes with an embedded truss rod for adjusting the neck.
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    It is not the cheapest entry-level 
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    Might have minor craftsman issues like rough edges
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    It may not be suitable for professional players

Features and benefits

Construction

Caramel CT102A Zebra Wood Tenor

Caramel- CT102A is constructed from a durable zebrawood body and a rosewood fretboard and bridge. The ukulele is also designed from a sturdy buffalo bone nut and saddle, and Aquila strings that are resistant to humidity as well as the wear and tear resulting from normal tension. These features let you use the ukulele for a long time before it wears out.

Reasonable sound quality

Despite its low price, Caramel custom engraving ukulele- CT102A Zebra Wood Tenor features the Aquila strings that produce a clear and pleasant resonance. The zebra wood frame also supports a reasonable tone production. However, the sound quality may not be as good as that produced by high-end ukuleles used by professionals.

Usability and comfort

Caramel ukulele- CT102A Zebra wood tenor comes fully assembled shielding you from the risk of indulging guesswork while setting up the ukulele. However, you will have to tune it for a while before it starts to deliver its actual sound quality.

Besides the ease of assembly, the fretboard also offers a smooth touch that gives you the freedom to roll over the frets comfortably when playing the musical instrument.

Price

Some manufacturers sacrifice the quality of construction and sound to offer you a cheap but substandard ukulele. Fortunately, Caramel- CT102A Zebra Wood Tenor is reasonably priced yet high in performance.

Rating

Design

4

Performance

3

Construction

4

Value for the Money

4

User Satisfaction

4

Alternatives

Strong Wind Ukulele 

Strong Wind Ukulele beginner kit

Strong Wind’s Ukulele beginner kit is designed for both adult and children students. Despite being a beginner ukulele, its frame is made from mahogany, a material that is commonly used in the manufacture of high-end ukuleles. Its fretboard is carved from rosewood.

Other notable features that make this Ukulele include the 18 brass frets and Aquila nylon strings. Its full kit contains a gig bag, a set of strings, a polishing cloth, and a strap hook. It costs 55.99.

How it comp​ares with Caramel - CT102A

  • Has a one year warranty 
  • Higher in price
  • Both use Aquila strings

Kala Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

Kala Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

Like its competitor above, Kala Tenor Ukulele comprises of a mahogany body and a rosewood fingerboard to last long. Besides durability, mahogany also supports the production of a rich tone. Other features that make up this student ukulele include the Aquila premium strings, sealed geared tuners, and an elegant satin finish.

The ukulele comes with necessary accessories like a gig bag, clip-on- tuner, an instructional DVD, and a polishing cloth. It costs $ 134.99.

How it compares with Caramel - CT102A 

  • Both ukuleles have an appealing finish
  • •Both use Aquila strings that produce a rich sound.
  • Comes with more accessories
  • Higher in price

Makanu Tenor Zebrawood Ukulele

Makanu Tenor Zebrawood Ukulele

As advertised, Makanu ukulele is intended for fans of all skill levels. It comprises of a sturdy zebrawood body and a rosewood fingerboard. Besides being sturdy, both zebra wood and rosewood also have an appealing aesthetic value, and they support a clear sound production.

The ukulele features good quality bone nut and saddles, an enclosed silver chromatic tuning pegs, and it comes with gig bag. It costs $58. 50.

How it compares with Caramel - CT102A 

  • Both are made of zebrawood
  • Both ukuleles have a reasonable resonance and sound
  • They are built to last long

Final Thoughts

Caramel - CT102A tenor ukulele is an entry-level ukulele designed from zebrawood and rosewood to last long and to support an excellent sound production. Moreover, this affordable ukulele has a pleasant finish, it is comfortable to use, and is easy to tune. If you’re a beginner, then considering the best different brands of ukuleles will help you choose that appeals to you.

Stephanie Su
 

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