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Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Ukulele

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  • It features select Hawaiian Koa body and top with gloss finish
  • It has Abalone binding and rosette on top
  • It features Nyatoh neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • It has Grover chrome tuners
  • It has lifetime warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 3.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000A39GUC
  • Item model number: OU5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,479 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 28, 2005

Product Description

A beautiful concert ukulele with select Hawaiian Koa wood construction, Abalone binding and rosette, Grover chrome tuners, and plenty more, hand-crafted for years of playing enjoyment.

A beautiful concert ukulele hand-crafted for years of playing enjoyment. Click to enlarge.

OU5 Ukulele Features

  • Size: Concert
  • Top: Select Hawaiian Koa
  • Back/Sides: Select Hawaiian Koa
  • Binding: Abalone
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Neck: Nyatoh
  • Frets: 16
  • Nut/Saddle: ABS
  • Finish: Natural Gloss
  • Tuners: Grover Chrome

Concert Ukeleles
There are four common types of ukes out there: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. The soprano was the original, followed up quickly with the concert size uke. The 15-inch scale length and slightly larger body size deliver a deeper tone and a bit more volume, while maintaining the sweetness and instantly recognizable ukulele sound.

The Oscar Shmidt OU5 Concert Ukulele
The OU5 concert ukulele features a select Hawaiian Koa top, back and sides, which look striking in the natural gloss finish. The abalone binding and rosette are the icing on the cake, for an instrument that's as beautiful to look at as it is to hear.

The OU5's Nyatoh neck features a 16-fret rosewood fretboard, and Grover chrome tuning machines ensure you stay in tune.

Oscar Schmidt instruments feature a lifetime warranty, and each ukulele is inspected and adjusted in the USA by a skilled technician--your assurance for smooth fret ends, precision low action and resonant sound quality.

About Oscar Schmidt Musical Instruments
The Oscar Schmidt Company was founded in 1871 and incorporated in 1911. By the early 1900s, the company had five factories in Europe and a factory on Ferry Street in Jersey City. They made all kinds of stringed instruments, guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, zithers, and Autoharps.

The company prospered through the early 1920s. Oscar Schmidt instruments were sold in many rural parts of the country where no music stores existed. Salesmen distributed the products far and wide, making them available in general, small town furniture and dry goods stores. Country guitar pickers and blues musicians living in areas of the South and in Appalachia, far from the city, frequently played Oscar Schmidt instruments because they were both inexpensive and available locally. But equally important, they were often chosen solely on merits of their superior tone and volume.

Today at Oscar Schmidt, premium woods, quality hardware and modest prices create an ideal instrument. Each is inspected and adjusted in the USA by a skilled technician, your assurance for smooth fret ends, precision low action and resonant sound quality. Unequalled standards in easy playing comfort and tone response creates the perfect value... Oscar Schmidt.



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Customer Reviews

This is a beautiful looking instrument and it sounds great.
Steve Vrana
It has a nice glossy finish, and the abalone inlay at the binding and rosette is a nice touch.
Chad
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to start playing the ukulele.
Bill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 91 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on January 18, 2006
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I bought my first beginner ukulele only six months ago, but enjoyed enough that I decided to move up from the toy class to something a little better. The OU5 was on sale at under a hundred dollars, but I have to say that the leap in quality and sound far outweighed the $70 price difference between this and my first ukulele. Like others who have rated Oscar Schmidt products, I have been impressed by the beautiful finish of this instrument, but it's the improved action and sound quality that totally won me over. Go ahead and buy your $20 Rogue instrument to see if you like the ukulele, but when you're ready to step up to the next level (but perhaps aren't ready to shell out $250), this is a solid stepping stone. I'm really happy with this instrument. Keep your really cheap one to take to the beach, though. You'll like this one enough that you won't want someone grinding sand into the finish or spilling beer on it.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By WT on November 12, 2007
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One night I'm watching Joe Versus the Volcano... and Joe is afloat on his steamer trunks playing the Cowboy Song on his ukulele... and it hits me: I want to learn to play the ukulele just so I can play that song! I've played guitar casually for many years, but I had no clue about the guitar's little cousin. I knew that I wanted something better than a toy ukulele, but also knew I had no plans to play this professionally. After looking around online, I decided to order the OU-5 Oscar Schmidt by Washburn from Amazon.

Summary: I could not be happier. This is a wonderful instrument for both the first time user and the semi-serious amateur. The ukulele is beautiful. The woodwork is gorgeous. Everyone who has seen it says "wow". It sounds just like a ukulele should. And it is a blast to play!

The worst thing about this ukulele is the product description page. The description provided by Amazon is terrible. At the time of this writing, there is no photo of the product (I bought it on faith based on reviews of a couple others here). The product description is a single, incomplete sentence and uses the word "founf"... and the description is so bad, it's not at all obvious that you're getting an OU-5 (look in the item details under model number), but that is what you get. But please, don't be fooled by what may be the worst page on Amazon's otherwise wonderful site... this is a great product.

One user complained about the strings not holding their tune, and I've seen at least one complaint about the tuners. Well, the ukulele comes with nylon strings, and there is a fair amount of stretching before it will stay in tune. My first couple of attempts were frustrating... the top string would be badly out of tune by the time I had tuned down to the bottom string.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By CooterMarie on April 28, 2009
I purchased this as a starter uke for my niece. I wanted a decent playing instrument without investing too much money, considering I don't even know if she will maintain any interest.

This ukulele looks great. It is a Koa wood laminate with a very nice glossy finish. It also has decent grover tuners. Unfortunately, it doesn't play well because a few of the frets are set improperly resulting in places on the neck where the string bottoms out on the next fret. It is borderline unplayable in it's present condition.

I have consulted with my local guitar tech who generally advises that every new stringed instrument can benefit from a proper set-up - especially the lower end instruments like this one. He indicated it would cost about $50 to adjust the frets, bridge and nut to get the uke into nice playing condition. So, rather than hassle with returning it and hoping the next one is better, I am opting for the professional set-up on the one I already received. This all reinforces my opinion that it is definitely optimum to purchase any instrument in person, if possible.

My only basis for comparison on ukes is the one I own, which is a solid Koa (not laminated wood) tenor made by Cordoba (about as inexpensive as solid koa gets at $350). Compared to that, the tone on the OU5 is just ok. It is a little dull sounding without much sustain or projection.

I looked at other ukes at my local music store in the $100 range and all were flawed in some way or another, so even with it's limitations I still feel the OU5 is a decent deal. The fact that it is very attractive to the eye will hopefully make it more appealing to my niece.

In summary, I would say in the $100 to $150 price range this is a pretty good option.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Steiner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2007
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I can hardly be considered a musician and playing the ukulele is only a pastime involving some enjoyable minutes of strumming through a few cords, but I must say a few words about the Washburn (Oscar Schmidt) OU-5 ukulele I just bought from Amazon.com.

My previous ukulele was a nice low end soprano box that served me well for several years. It looked OK, it stayed in tune and sounded fine to me. However, I wanted something a bit better and the concert sized OU-5 caught my eye. I researched the heck out of ukuleles in the same price range and decided the Washburn OU-5 was the best.

When the ukulele arrived I opened the box and was absolutely amazed. The uke was a beautiful thing--a work of art. Its highly lacquered finish and distinctive Koa wood construction was stunning. I was looking at a true musical instrument. At that moment I knew my old ukulele was a piece of junk--a toy. I suddenly hated it.

The OU-5 sounds ten times better than my previous ukulele and the somewhat larger size makes it easier for me to "play" and move about the fret board. The mellow and resonant tones that come from the OU-5 are stunning. I know my judgment about that is not based on a lot of musical know-how, but the contrast with my old uke was certainly remarkable. I can recommend this Washburn ukulele to anyone who appreciates fine workmanship, a great sound and wants an fine instrument at a bargain price.

Oh, one other thing--the picture of the Washburn OU-5 ukulele in the Amazon.com description is not a picture of the OU-5 with the Koa wood top. The illustration is probably (a mistake) the Washburn OU-13 with a spruce top. Don't be put off by this apparent error. The product is indeed a Koa wood OU-5.
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