Lanikai CK-B Curly Koa Baritone Ukulele  

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The CK-B baritone ukulele uses Hawaiian koa that is especially prized for its curly grain. Lanikai makes use of this exquisite wood by handcrafting all CK series uke's to exacting specifications. Grow... Click To Read More About This Product

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The CK-B baritone ukulele uses Hawaiian koa that is especially prized for its curly grain. Lanikai makes use of this exquisite wood by handcrafting all CK series uke's to exacting specifications. Grown mostly on the island of Oahu, the gorgeous red-hued wood used for the curly koa series make these Lanikai ukuleles look as beautiful as they sound.

In its most traditional form the CK-B is a baritone ukulele that owes its existence to Portuguese immigrants bringing their craft of music instrument building to Hawaii in the 1870s. The baritone ukulele body offers deep, loud tone with full, balanced projection in a large ukulele body. Ready for the stage, the thick, loud sound is ideal for rhythmic strumming, and its size lets you take it wherever you feel inspired to play.

The curly koa body on this Lanikai baritone uke offers tremendous beauty and a soft, but pronounced tone that sounds big and bold. The 20-3/8" scale provides smooth, comfortable access all along the instrument's 19 frets. The rugged mahogany neck adds strength to the instrument's construction, while the rosewood bridge and fingerboard complement each note's sustain and decay. The Lanikai CK series comes with die-cast tuning machines geared 14:1 for those players who demand greater control over their tuning.

Dressed with a natural finish and featuring chrome die-cast tuners and chrome hardware, this Lanikai baritone uke is a model of easy playability. If you've never played ukulele before, get ready for a world of fun. The ukulele is an addicting instrument that can and should be taken everywhere.

  • 4-string baritone ukulele
  • Curly koa body
  • 20-3/8" scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
  • 19 frets
  • 35mm nut width
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
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LanikaiCK-B Curly Koa Baritone Ukulele

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Sounds and Looks Rich, like a million bucks!

By Rippie Dave

from Boston, MA

Comments about Lanikai CK-B Curly Koa Baritone Ukulele:

I'm sure there are finer sounding super high end Ukes with bigger richer sound made of unobtainium wood grown behind one house in far northern Iceland, harvestable only in leap years, and I sure wasn't expecting to spend even this for a first uke, but it just seemed time to get one, and as a bass player, I could never even think of a regular concert uke. After looking at what you can get for about $100, I realized that, as with all things, you get what you pay for, and fit and finish matters. Compared to the Baritone Ukes in that $100 dollarish range, there was no comparison, not in construction, not in the beauty of the Koa wood, and most definity not in sound. You can get nearly the same thing in Mahogany if you want to save money, and you won't be disappointed. I'm a bass player for decades. I simply wanted a tiny fun axe, small, loud enough and easy to just grab and take to someone's house for fun. Instead of standard tuning, I went with fifths, which I'm obviously familiar with playing. The projection is pretty good, the tone is full and sweet, not tinkly at all, and it's whisper light. The D'Addario nylons I put on it sound good, though I may play with converted guitar strings at some point to see what I can do with the sound. I'll say this: it could EASILY substitute for the acoustic rhythm guitar in many songs on stage for a little different novelty when playing out, so long as you have a real mic. This is not electrified. The machines are closed (phew!) smooth and seem to stay in tune. The entire instrument is bookend split, with nice two-tone wood binding. The finish is a satin natural finish because hey... it's Koa... it's all about the wood, and it doesn't get more Hawaiian than Koa wood. So, sounds rich and big (for a uke), looks beautiful (what girl can resist a cute beautiful instrument guys... am I right?) and is made well by a Hawaiian company of Hawaiian wood (in China, alas, like all the other Ukes). There is just something inherently fun about a relatively weensy instrument that actually is a legitimate musical instrument that you can actually enjoy playing, right away, and it sounds nice! If you can't swing this one in Koa, get the Mahogany version for $100 less, I think. I'm sick... I just love Koa wood. If you can afford it, for the price of an low end guitar, you can have a fairly high end Uke you'll be proud to whip out, anywhere, anytime, and it won't let you down. OH, and if you didn't figure it out by now, I like it. Heh. :)

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Beautiful but sound not that great

By William Holt

from Martinez, CA

Comments about Lanikai CK-B Curly Koa Baritone Ukulele:

Bought a Lanikai LU Series LU-21BEK and loved it so much I had toi look into a "fancier" guitar. Played this koa wood uke side by side with my trusty LU and there was just no comparison. The LU sounds richer, more melodic, and a lot less tinny. Usually, you get what you pay for. Not here!

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