Low Cost Ukulele Amplifier

A low cost alternative to some of the expensive ukulele amplifiers.

The JBL GO 2 is a low cost amplifier (less than £20) and speaker with a 3.5mm stereo input, and with the addition of a suitable cable, will plug directly into your ukulele for useful amplification. The speaker is rechargeable and will run for around 5 hours and has a useful 3 watts output. Unlike some of the other amplifiers out there (which are actually more expensive), it has a decent frequency response and doesn't tend to distort.

Most ukuleles have their own tone controls on the pickups, so there's no need for one on the amplifier/speaker. There are volume controls and power on the speaker. It's also waterproof, so if it rains while you are busking, there's no great issue!

Video review of the JBL Go 2 as a ukulele amplifier

JBL GO 2 Bluetooth speaker

3.5mm stereo jack to 1/4" mono jack


With Bluetooth, it can also be used to stream music from your phone - although you can't mix the input and Bluetooth together, admittedly.

I also use it as an amplifier for my Roland synthesiser that doesn't have a speaker, making it ideal for practice.

Use with a synthesiser

Portable studio when travelling

Links :

Amplifier, case & suitable cable for ukulele.

Stereo cable used for synthesiser.

Marshall Mini Amplifier.

Article - Simon Taylor, 28th April 2021

Nice. Simon can use it for his ukulele,
or via Bluetooth he can put proper music through it.