With its solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, Lanikai's S-C Concert Ukulele from the Solid Spruce Series has incredible projection for those late night jam sessions on the beach. Die-cast tun... Read More
With its solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, Lanikai's S-C Concert Ukulele from the Solid Spruce Series has incredible projection for those late night jam sessions on the beach. Die-cast tuning machines ensure long hours of stress-free strumming.
With the easy playability, and included instruction booklet written by renowned ukulele instructor Mary Lou Dempler, you will be playing in a matter of minutes. If you have never played ukulele before get ready for a world of fun. Pick up this Lanikai concert ukulele and enjoy its easy portability and the fun of playing it. If you can play one ukulele you can play them all.
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I understand that most reviewers really like this uke, but I?m not completely sold on it. The glowing reviews are the primary reason why I took a chance and bought on ebay without trying it out. I already have a Lanikai soprano LU-11 that I started on, and have been happy with, so I had confidence in the brand. I am an experienced musician, multi-instrumentalist, recently added ukes to the family. I really liked the idea of a solid spruce top on this, a key reason for buying. The build quality is nice, not perfect, a few imperfections here and there but nothing major, it?s a nice-looking instrument, especially with the multi-layered purfling. Neck is straight, frets nicely dressed and level, every note is playable all over the neck. Action was acceptable right out of box, which was surprising, I usually have to file the nut slots on any inexpensive uke to lower the action, they are generally unplayable at the first fret, action so high it kills intonation and you?re off-key from the start. Now, let?s get right to the heart of the matter ? tone. Here?s where the jury is still out on this. It simply does not sound as good as I think it should with a solid spruce top. It sounds good when you play each string alone, which is great for fingerpicking, but it loses something when strumming. It is does not project as much as you might think, it is a soft-playing instrument, which I suppose is great for late-night playing when you don?t want to disturb anyone. This uke has a soft, warm tone, without a lot of brightness. I think there are two reasons for this. One is the fairly thick coat of polyurethane gloss on this thing. A case isn?t really necessary, as its probably indestructible as-is. (The Mitchell ukes suffer from this same plastic problem.) The second is that if you look inside, the bracing looks pretty substantial; it?s a heavy little thing, I wish they would have built it lighter for better resonance. (But it?s a good fighting uke!) My guess is that these two things cut the tonal qualities of the spruce top down a bit. It may also be the nut and bridge insert material, which don?t appear to be very dense, could benefit from an upgrade there. I am going to keep it because I want to see if it will open up with time, and I only paid $100 for it. I do believe that an instrument needs some time for all the different pieces of wood to settle into each other and resonate in harmony, and it just takes playing time to do that. I hope my faith is proved right in time. If you?re considering this uke, please also try out the Cordoba 15CM, it is a mahogany laminate but the build quality is excellent, it does not have a thick poly coat, and the tone is really nice, projects well, great buy for $100. It may be a better instrument, I won?t know for a while yet. I may get it as well and do extensive side-by-side comparisons. All in all, this Lanikai will probably be fine until I decide what all-solid uke I want - still don?t know what woods to go with.
it's good for beginners. don't have to tune it much. great value.
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