Why do you need an amp for ukulele?
Just as electric guitars are associated with the classic rock ‘n roll, ukuleles are associated with a softer, acoustic sound. The classic ukulele instrument doesn’t need amplification necessarily, but electric ukuleles have picked up steam recently. They’ve become as popular as traditional ukuleles. That doesn’t mean they don’t need an amplifier, though. Your electric ukulele needs an amp so that it’s easier for the signal coming from your ukulele pick up sound much louder. Even if you don’t have an electric ukulele, any instrument will benefit from an amplifier. Whether you’re playing at home or on the go, picking the right amp is about as important as picking the right ukulele.
Features to consider before you buy an amp for a ukulele
When looking to purchase an amplifier, there are a few features you need to consider. First is how many inputs does the amp have in comparison to how many you need. The RockJam amp would be a good purchase for someone who wants several different inputs, such as for microphone, audio, aux, and even Bluetooth. If more practical features are desired, the AROMA amplifier would be a good match as it easily clips on to belts and has a sound recording. Performances or more professional-grade amps are also something to consider before purchase, such as the excellent volume and sound on the Sawtooth amp. But there are also other features to consider.
More specifically, for output, there are a few products in this article that would be great selections. The output is usually described in terms of how many watts the amp can give out and how highly it’s powered. For example, 3W isn’t considered as good compared to an amp that can give out 15W. But just because it has low wattage doesn’t mean it’s a bad amplifier. The Fender or Luna portable amp would be great selections as both produce good sound quality for their size and cost. If an outdoor setting or even performance is desired for usage, then we wouldn’t recommend the AROMA clip-on or the ammoon mini amp.
The RockJam amp and the Sawtooth amp have arguably the best volume through their speakers. The RockJam speakers are approximately inches while the Sawtooth has 6.5”. Size doesn’t necessarily matter when it comes to speakers, but it could factor into the quality of the sound. The RockJam speakers also have a bit of an edge over the Sawtooth as it has an output of 15W while the Sawtooth only has 10W.
Most mini amps won’t give off as much output through their speakers as more professional-grade amps, but for beginners or even home practice, the sheer volume isn’t too much of a concern.
A lot of buyers find non-rechargeable batteries inconvenient, and we would agree. Rechargeable batteries are very handy and shockingly not a common feature in smaller amps, at least in the ones we listed. RockJam amp is one of the products that has a rechargeable battery. Once fully charged, it can be played for upwards of four hours. Another product that showcases rechargeability as a feature is the small AROMA Portable Amp. For the contrasting size, it’s surprising that the AROMA has a longer battery life at 7-10 hours. To fully charge, it takes approximately 4 hours.
Battery life is also one of those things that decay with use, but at the affordable prices listed, that shouldn’t be an issue.
A few unique accessories could be considered a selling point before the final decision, such as the AROMA amp’s feature of sound recording. Unfortunately, a TF card isn’t included. Sound recording was surprisingly a rare feature in these products, and we consider the AROMA to be one of the best mini amps for a ukulele listed because of all its unique functions. Another accessory that might be overlooked is the fact that an array of different picks, as well as an instrument cable, was included in the Sawtooth 10W amp. Looking closely to see what accessories are included with your amp is important.
There’s nothing more inconvenient than buying an item only to realize obvious things you needed for it to work, such as batteries, were not included.
Size is another important factor to think about. You want an amp that can easily fit into your space while also not taking up too much space. That makes the Luna portable amp perfect as it’s the kind of amp you don’t want to do much hauling around with it at its weight of almost eight pounds. It’s also one of the best for ukuleles specifically because of the sound quality it produces matches well for acoustics. The other amps, even if they specifically mention electric guitars, are great for ukuleles as well, but the sound quality on the Luna amp will be more unique.
Weight is an easy comparison to make. If you’re someone who likes to look at reviews before purchasing, weight is something that isn’t different depending on the person. The product will always weigh the same. If you prefer a lighter amp that could be worn on your person or even for traveling, the AROMA or ammoon amplifier would be perfect as both weigh under one pound. Their sizes also make for a great gift if your child has an instrument, and they won’t need help lifting it as often. If weight isn’t an issue, then the Fender amp at 10 pounds would be a good fit as the brand has great credibility, and you can’t go wrong with any of their amplifiers.