Kaye’s Music Scene

Best Ukuleles, August 2015

“The lighter the ukulele, the better the sound” is the sort of nugget you’ll hear from George Kaye of Kaye’s Music Scene. For 45 years he’s been selling all manner of instruments at the shop he founded with his dad. After Jack Johnson and Jake Shimabukuro revived the ukulele’s popularity, Kaye upped his inventory of the traditional Hawaiian instrument. He’s partial to the Kanile’a Islander models for their warmer and richer sound, but his walls are lined with more than 150 soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone ukes, banjoleles, and guita-leles, ranging from $35 to $2,000. The newest offering: waterproof plastic Makala Watermans in candy hues.