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Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele  

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        Lanikai

        A great crossover uke for guitar players.

        The Lanikai LU-21T Ukulele has a larger sized tenor body. The top, back, and sides are nato, which is very similar to mahogany. Other features include an easy-to-play rosewood fingerboard and bridge, die-cast tuners for solid tuning, and binding on the top.

        Lanikai ukuleles have great playability, sound, and aesthetics at a price that will surprise you.

        This ukulele is strung with Aquila Nylgut Strings and includes a Lanikai Learn to Play Instruction Booklet.

        Features

        • Larger-sized tenor uke body
        • Nato top, back, and sides
        • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
        • Die-cast tuners for solid tuning
        • Binding on top
        • 26"L x 9"W x 2-7/8"D

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        LanikaiLU-21T Tenor Ukulele
         
        4.7

        (based on 34 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (27)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (5)

        • 3 Stars

           

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        • 2 Stars

           

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        • 1 Stars

           

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        88%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good tone (6)
        • Well built / quality (3)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing (5)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Novice (5), Experienced (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Beginner? Intermediate? Look no further...

          I think I've said it all by now! I I've just about covered it all. The price is great, the tone is sweet and bright, it holds its tuning remarkably, and is...Read complete review

          I think I've said it all by now! I I've just about covered it all. The price is great, the tone is sweet and bright, it holds its tuning remarkably, and is absolutely just fun to play. I find it hard to put it down. I practice every day after my regular job ends, and I stop when my fingers are too sore to continue. I'm not a professional, but I'm getting better every day. It's been a great ride, and this uke is a great companion.
          The wood is perfect - the neck hasn't shown any sign of warping, and the sound box is amazing. I also like the geared tuning pegs. I've had friction pegs before and these are far superior, although the negative is, they add a bit more weight to the left hand. It's easy to get accustomed, though and worth the trade-off. It came with Nylgut strings and at least for now, seems like they will go forever. The white plastic border is OK, but because of my posture, it was a bit sharp against my right forearm - nothing some fine grain sandpaper wouldn't fix. Also, I added an endpiece. For a uke this size, it should have been standard. I've tried the pick-up and amp playing, but I just don't care for it. That natural, acoustic sound can't be beat. Maybe someday I'll need amplification, so it's good to know I can if necessary.
          For the price, I don't think you'll do any better, worldwide! If you use a magnifying glass, you might find some imperfections where some of the woods come together (like the neck to the sound box), but not enough to worry about. I've kept mine in a case and pretty much in a temperature controlled environment, so I can't speak to how the wood holds up in different temperatures, like extreme cold or arridity (I live in humid central). And I've only had my Lanakai for around nine months. But so far, quality is good. It sounds brand new every day.
          I think the Lanakai LU-21TE is a bargain. I've seen many other brands made from supposedly better wood, and I cannot believe they sound any better. Really. Take some good, solid wood, make sure it is properly dried, cut it to the proper thickness, then do the magic to cut and assemble, and I'll put spruce against an expensive hardwood any day of the week. After all, harpsichords were made of spruce for about 250 years. Expensive wood does not a good uke make. I'll take knot-free wood and a good craftsman any day of the week. (And chances are, those great craftsmen are underpaid.)

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Beginner's ukulele

          Try to spend a little bit more money and get an instrument with a solid wood top. The fretboard on my ukulele had very sharp edges.

          Try to spend a little bit more money and get an instrument with a solid wood top. The fretboard on my ukulele had very sharp edges.

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          5.0

          Fun Fun Fun!!

          By Stingray74

          from Valdosta, GA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Nice Construction
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

              Family was taling about Ukes one night and I bought this one. Quick shipping from MF. Packaged well. Only wish I had bought a tuner. Easy to play and loads of fun. Good instrument for the price. Bought the hardshell case to keep it in for years to come. Very pleased with this purchase.

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              4.0

              Economical fun

              By George

              from DFW, Texas

              About Me Experienced

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Lacks Fret Edge Dots

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

              A great instrument to enjoy. This size uke can be tuned to play as a baritone uke as well as a tenor.

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              5.0

              Great Beginner Uke!!!

              By analogkid

              from OC,CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Quality strings
              • Strong
              • Well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Starter uke

                Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                The LU-21T Tenor Ukulele is a well built quality "starter" Uke for those wanting to learn to play, but don't want to invest a lot of money at this time. Sure, it is not made out of solid wood, but the tone is great and the tuners are sealed and stay in tune (after the new strings settle in). And in regards to the strings, the are a quality set of Aquila Synthetic gut strings! Nice touch! Overall, this is a great uke to satisfy those wanting to start playing the uke. It is not a boutique instrument for the stage or a high end uke, but for the price Musician's Friend sells them for, you can't go wrong. I would definitely recommend it.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fun to play

                By Andy

                from Grand Island, NE

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good intonation
                • Good Tone
                • Nice Size

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Sharing

                Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                Like the fit and sound of the tenor over the standard or even the concert. The finish is good and well put together. Just a delight to play. A lot of music for a little price.

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                If Mama Ain't Happy...

                By BW

                from Nebraska

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Well Constructed

                Cons

                • None at this time

                Best Uses

                • Learning
                • Practicing

                Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                As a long-time guitarist, I was surprised when my wife expressed an interest in learning to play a stringed instrument, but wanted something smaller. A ukulele was perfect. We first tried an inexpensive "toy", but found you get what you pay for. With the quality and size of this instrument, she is thrilled to learn while she plays. And you can bet I'm enjoying playing this, as well. This is a solid, quality instrument, at a very reasonable cost. Stays in tune (mostly), accurate from fret 1, great intonation, and a full, rich tenor sound. Obviously a little larger than soprano or concert, so perfect size to handle. You will not be disappointed with this uke!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gave this to my son for Christmas

                By Amy Pollock

                from Western PA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                    This was a Christmas gift for my son(18). Turned out to be his favorite. He loves the tone and quality of the instrument. Not only does it play nicely but it is also very beautiful. He would give it a 10 out of 10 if he could.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Beginner's ukulele

                    By Luisin

                    from Lake Worth, Florida

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • Poor Tone Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                    Try to spend a little bit more money and get an instrument with a solid wood top. The fretboard on my ukulele had very sharp edges.

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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Would buy again...

                    By sponge

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Nice starter ukee

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Just learning
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                      Overall it's a good ukulele. Nice construction and fairly nice tone.

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                      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent value

                      By bd-IPm2n

                      from midwest u.s.

                      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                      I don't own this, although I believe I'll buy one soon. The National Tour of the Broadway musical "the Addams Family" carries one with them in case the local orchestra guitarist doesn't own a tenor uke. So far, every local guitarist has used this uke instead of their own, and I'm doing the same right now. I like it better than my old one. It's not an artist instrument, but it's a very decent serviceable instrument with good action and intonation. Good intonation in a uke is like finding an honest man.
                      it's a tenor uke....
                      For the price, it's excellent. the action is good all up the neck, it's more easily tunable than most ukes, and I like the strings. And the sound.
                      the quality/price ratio is very good.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Tenor Uke delivers

                      By Jim Fisher

                      from Maine

                      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

                      Overall I'm very satisfied.
                      The LU-21 is a good value. There are not special frills, but the parts are well assembled.
                      I purchased two "used-broken" instruments not knowing what to expect. Both were in good condition an with some small adjustments look like they will serve me well. I'm expect the new ones would be good to go. I was intruged with the "nylgut" strings that are stretchier than standard nylon strings. It takes a little longer for the tuning to stabilize, but the sound quality an feel is good.
                      Buying used instruments carries some risk, but the two I purchased worked out well.

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