Greg Bennett UK70 Concert Ukulele Review

by Pete · 8 comments

After fanging out on my toy mahala ukulele for a good couple weeks, I went out to pick up a “real” ukulele. I didn’t do too much research, it’s not like buying a $5,000 piano, I just picked up a uke I liked the sound of that was on the cheaper end of the range. Here it is.

Greg Bennett UK70

Greg Bennet UK 70 Neck

Greg Bennet UK 70 Neck

As you can see, the build quality is great. The mahogany head is lacquered nicely and also come with geared tuners (Grover Tuners) The gold branding also goes well on the mahogany.

Greg Bennett UK 70 Neck

Greg Bennett UK 70 Neck

Rosewood fingerboard feels nice to the touch also.

It’s a spruce top which always looks good and this retro abalone trim.

Greg Bennet UK 70 Spruce Top

Greg Bennet UK 70 Spruce Top

Back and sides are made of rosewood with white bindings.

Greg Bennett UK 70 Side

Greg Bennett UK 70 Side

Although I’m just an amateur, I had a play with a few of the more expensive ukuleles and in comparison this one gave a warm round sound for the price. Being a concert, the frets are a bit wider apart than the soprano I originally bought so this will be easier to learn off.

Who knows, if I get good enough, I may just record a little playing sample on here.

Top uke.

Greg Bennett UK 70 Spruce Concert

Greg Bennett UK 70 Spruce Concert

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda April 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I bought this concert size Greg Bennett as a beginner. I noticed the sound was “spongy”. I took it back to replace the strings with good qualtiy strings “aquillas”. Sounds a little better, but now I’m finding that it goes out of tune (quite drastically) after 5 minutes, whether I’m playing it or not. I want to play it, not tune it all the time. Has anyone else experienced this problem, or is it defective one and should I take it back to the shop I purchased it from. I don’t know what to do. Please help.

Esther June 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

@Linda
A lot of times with new strings on any stringed instruments..it takes a while for the strings to be “broken in” so to speak. The new strings need time to stretch out. Ironically, the more you play it and tune it, the less you will have to do so later. But usually, of course, with any stringed instrument..you’re probably going to have to tune it every time before you play it.

Spencer June 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

@ Esther
I think “broken in” is a term used for horses. Are you suggesting that this ukulele is a horse with which to ride? Cause if so…then let’s saddle up and ride into the sunset. If you aren’t…then I agree and think that most string instruments (especially Ukulele’s) require a firm tuning before playing.

Kawa August 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm

LOL Broken in sounds more suited to horses than a uku!! But I’m glad that people find this uku appealing, as my father just bought me one and now I’m waiting for it to arrive via courier post!! I’ve only been playing for a few months and enjoy the what I’ve been able to play, and teaching little primary kids as well. Now I’m learning to strum to different genre and amazing my own children with my talent!! *Day dreaming is free*

salvatorinho August 31, 2011 at 8:46 am

I also have a problem with it. I cannot tune as GCEA with Aquila string that were already mounted on as I bought. Is there anyone can explain this problem and help me?

Rob August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I believe there are two models with the UK 70 designation.
The UK70PK is tuned GCEA whereas the UK70B is a baritone uke and tuned like the four bottom strings on a guitar – DBGE.
It might pay to check which model you have.

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