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Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele  

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        A deep, mellow tone provides a strong foundation for your tunes.

        With its solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, Lanikai's S-C Tenor 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.

        The tenor uke produces deeper tone and slightly louder volume than the standard soprano body. It's ideal for performing on stage, as it provides lots of responsiveness. From rhythmic strumming to melodic finger-style progressions, this Lanikai S-T tenor ukulele sounds great.

        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. The ukulele is an addicting instrument that can and should be taken everywhere.

        Features
        • 4-string tenor ukulele
        • Mahogany body
        • Solid spruce top
        • 17-1/4" scale
        • Mahogany neck
        • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
        • 19 frets
        • 35mm
        • Chrome die-cast tuners
        • Chrome hardware

        Pick up this Lanikai S-T Tenor today and see why people are saying "Lanikai makes me happy!"

         
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        LanikaiS-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele
         
        4.8

        (based on 18 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (17)

        • 4 Stars

           

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        • 3 Stars

           

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        • 2 Stars

           

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        100%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good tone (9)
        • Consistent (6)
        • Well built / quality (3)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing (8)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Novice (7), Experienced (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Great Uke for Guitar Players!

          Got this to replace a cheap (can't say the price)Deal-of-the-Day Kohala KP-T tenor uke I bought to try oo-koo-lay-lay. I massaged that Kohala quite a bit; lowered the action, REFRETTED...Read complete review

          Got this to replace a cheap (can't say the price)Deal-of-the-Day Kohala KP-T tenor uke I bought to try oo-koo-lay-lay. I massaged that Kohala quite a bit; lowered the action, REFRETTED (!)with Stew Mac Uke fret wire, refinished the neck and headstock in black lacquer, changed to Aquila low-G strings. Turns-out I was applying lipstick to a pig. Now it plays good, but still can't get a good tone from it. Apparently, plywood makes a bad ukulele top, period.

          Bought THIS puppy on special for(can't say the price), and simply added an Aquila RED Low G string to the Aquila Nylguts it comes with; didn't touch anything else. BRILLIANT, even for a rank novice like me. Nice low action right out of the box, nice bright tones from the solid spruce top. As it's breaking-in, it's starting to develop good sustain and real nice harmonic overtones.

          Construction is very good for a factory instrument; my guess is that the same uke lightly sprayed in nitrocellulose instead of a thick layer of urethane would be a shockingly good instrument instead of merely excellent.

          If there's a caveat with this uke, it's that it doesn't have that Happy Puppy-Dog sound of a typical soprano ukulele. First, it's a tenor tuned to Low G, but most important it has a SPRUCE top. It really sounds more like a super-tiny classical guitar that snuck into a ukulele band. Note that this is NOT a bad thing, just different, and perhaps not what you're looking-for.

          The wife is learning "normal" uke strumming on a cheap concert uke (if she gets much better there's gonna have to be an upgrade), so I finger pick the "lead" and she "plays rythym" and "sings". Sounds pretty good for a couple of crazy oldsters.

          Very highly recommended for guitar folks, especially for finger-picking with Low G tuning.

          I also highly recommend the Aquila Red Low G string (red Nylgut filled with copper powder) IF you can very carefully follow the installation instructions. MANY web reviewers HATE the Red Aquilas, as they'll quickly break if handled wrong.

          When first tuning-up, DO NOT drag the Reds over the nut, but instead lift and stretch the string, cinch-up the tuner by say half-a-turn, then place it back down in the nut groove. The Reds apparently DO NOT LIKE being dragged over the nut groove, especially a sharp or poorly radiused one.

          My guess is that ANY little cut in a Red will kill it, undoubtedly because there's so much copper filler in the string; we're walking a thin line, here people.

          After the Red has stretched-out, small adjustments with the tuner appear to be OK, but I'd be careful. The feel and tone of the Reds is worth the extra trouble, I think.

          Unlike a wire-wound Low G, the Reds sound just like the rest of the Nylgut strings, plus they have a "meaty", slightly rough surface texture that I really like. I'm thinking about a complete set of Reds just to get that texture on all the strings.

          At the normal price, this is a really good uke, especially for a transitioning guitar player. At (can't say the price) it is a STEAL. If I see that sale price again, I might just buy ANOTHER ONE to keep in the office in case a Luau breaks-out.

          VS

          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Lanikai S-T ukulele. Looks good but not very well built.

          I will not be buying another Lanikai product.
          It's got all the features a uke is supposed to have. However, some of the important features are not well executed.Read complete review

          I will not be buying another Lanikai product.
          It's got all the features a uke is supposed to have. However, some of the important features are not well executed.
          -Bracing is poor. It's was loose and rattled for the first 4-5 months. It's stopped now but I'm afraid that lower fall humidity will bring back the rattle.
          -Neck was not straight. Hump near 12th fret caused buzzing. The neck has slowly striaghtend itself out with the trade off being a much higher action than is comfortable. I removed a huge casting burr on the back of the bridge insert which helped. But, it's still too high. If the neck is done adjusting itself, great. If it keeps bending???
          -Intonation is not great but tolerable...except for the "C" string, which always sounds a little off.
          -Lanikai warranty and customer service is total nothingness. They do not respond. It's like no one is home.

          What's done well?
          -Finish. It's pretty and is holding up well. Frets are smooth. I looks good and feels good. The tuners are OK.
          -Sound. It has a nice sound when not rattling and buzzing. It's got a lot of volume and good sustain.
          See what I wrote under features...I've owned this uke about 9 months and play it almost every day. It's satisfying to be learning but the more I learn...the less I think of this uke.
          I have nothing to compare it to. On it's own? Well, it's got me playing and learning.

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          5.0

          Fabulous

          By UkuFox

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Great Size
            • High Quality
            • Playing
            • Practicing

            Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

            I was reluctant to buy online. I have been shopping for a uku for sometime now. After breaking in the instument it stays in tune and has beautiful tonality. The ukulele is even more beautiful in person. Don't let the mahogany veneers scare you. This is a great Uku for the price. I have been recovering from many years of surgery and thought that playing music would never be possible again. This simple uku has brought me back into music. I would rather practice and sound off than listen to most of the trite music on pop radio.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice Uke

            By MSC

            from Bluegrass State

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Plays Well
            • Stays in tune well
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Perfoming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

              I've had this uke for about a month now. Being an experienced guitarist whom is getting into ukulele I bought it on sale & found it well worth the price I paid. Many people are hesitant about the spruce tops on a ukulele, instead opting for the cedar, Koa or mahogony. Yet I also read where so many people want more voulme & sustain out of their uke. Well, while researching a tenor uke to buy I put all of this together & thought a spruce top would give excellent tone/volume/sustain. Upon comparing to the other ukes I've had it against I must say that my assumptions seem correct. It has nice volume, plays very well, looks good & seems to be well made. I purchased a hardshell case from MF for it as well. Sorry, but no gig bags for me on these ukuleles that as I really don't want to take my chances. the safest place for this instrument to be is safe & sound in its hard shell case.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fun, Fun, Fun

              By Bill

              from Augusta, Maine

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Only Had It A Short Time

              Cons

              • None Apply

              Best Uses

              • Personal Pleasure
              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

              I'm having a great time learning a new instrument. This ukelele is fun and I was able to start playing some of my favorite songs right away. This is definitely not a toy.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice, good deal

              By Paul

              from Albany, GA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                After several hours of online research,I ordered this ukulele during the holidays when I noticed it on sale. I've had it now a few weeks, along with a Snark ukulele tuner and the "Ukulele for Dummies" book. A great combination. When I was much younger, I took some guitar lessons and also played an old Gibson mandolin. Now, in my older years, I was looking for a very simple, easily playable stringed instrument. This is it. I can sing and chord along on "I'll Fly Away" and "Wayfaring Stranger" fairly well. If the instrument holds up as well as it looks and sounds, I should not need another. The fit and finish, inside and out, are very well done. When my novice fingers get sore, I switch over to my Hohner standard-key and Seydel low-key harmonicas. When my lips get tuckered out, back to the ukulele. Eventually I may be able to do them simultaneously. A very enjoyable way to pass spare time and learn something, instead of being a TV vegetable. Thank you Musician's Friend and Lanikai for a great product and great price.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Tenor Ukulele for this price

                By Ukemiester

                from Huntington Beach, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                  Nice playability, good tone, under 100 buck, what's not to love.

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Uke for Guitar Players!

                  By hareynolds

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Play
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great For Low G

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing
                  • The Guitarist's Uke

                  Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                  Got this to replace a cheap (can't say the price)Deal-of-the-Day Kohala KP-T tenor uke I bought to try oo-koo-lay-lay. I massaged that Kohala quite a bit; lowered the action, REFRETTED (!)with Stew Mac Uke fret wire, refinished the neck and headstock in black lacquer, changed to Aquila low-G strings. Turns-out I was applying lipstick to a pig. Now it plays good, but still can't get a good tone from it. Apparently, plywood makes a bad ukulele top, period.

                  Bought THIS puppy on special for(can't say the price), and simply added an Aquila RED Low G string to the Aquila Nylguts it comes with; didn't touch anything else. BRILLIANT, even for a rank novice like me. Nice low action right out of the box, nice bright tones from the solid spruce top. As it's breaking-in, it's starting to develop good sustain and real nice harmonic overtones.

                  Construction is very good for a factory instrument; my guess is that the same uke lightly sprayed in nitrocellulose instead of a thick layer of urethane would be a shockingly good instrument instead of merely excellent.

                  If there's a caveat with this uke, it's that it doesn't have that Happy Puppy-Dog sound of a typical soprano ukulele. First, it's a tenor tuned to Low G, but most important it has a SPRUCE top. It really sounds more like a super-tiny classical guitar that snuck into a ukulele band. Note that this is NOT a bad thing, just different, and perhaps not what you're looking-for.

                  The wife is learning "normal" uke strumming on a cheap concert uke (if she gets much better there's gonna have to be an upgrade), so I finger pick the "lead" and she "plays rythym" and "sings". Sounds pretty good for a couple of crazy oldsters.

                  Very highly recommended for guitar folks, especially for finger-picking with Low G tuning.

                  I also highly recommend the Aquila Red Low G string (red Nylgut filled with copper powder) IF you can very carefully follow the installation instructions. MANY web reviewers HATE the Red Aquilas, as they'll quickly break if handled wrong.

                  When first tuning-up, DO NOT drag the Reds over the nut, but instead lift and stretch the string, cinch-up the tuner by say half-a-turn, then place it back down in the nut groove. The Reds apparently DO NOT LIKE being dragged over the nut groove, especially a sharp or poorly radiused one.

                  My guess is that ANY little cut in a Red will kill it, undoubtedly because there's so much copper filler in the string; we're walking a thin line, here people.

                  After the Red has stretched-out, small adjustments with the tuner appear to be OK, but I'd be careful. The feel and tone of the Reds is worth the extra trouble, I think.

                  Unlike a wire-wound Low G, the Reds sound just like the rest of the Nylgut strings, plus they have a "meaty", slightly rough surface texture that I really like. I'm thinking about a complete set of Reds just to get that texture on all the strings.

                  At the normal price, this is a really good uke, especially for a transitioning guitar player. At (can't say the price) it is a STEAL. If I see that sale price again, I might just buy ANOTHER ONE to keep in the office in case a Luau breaks-out.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Uke!

                  By DMO

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Projection

                  Cons

                  • High action

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                  This is my favorite of the 3 ukuleles I've owned. Tenor size is great, fits perfectly in my tenor Musician's Gear case. Spruce top and mahogany sides make the instrument sound less traditional/Hawaiian and more like a guitar. Real fun to play. Loudest Uke I've played yet. I'll just lower the action a little bit and it will be perfect!
                  Thank you Lanikai!

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                  5.0

                  Best Christmas Present Ever

                  By JW

                  from Richwood, WV

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Learn
                  • Easy To Tune
                  • Good Quality
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Finish
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                    I purchased this instrument as a Christmas gift for my grandson. He has already taught himself the chording and is playing like he has been at it for years. This was money well spent on an instrument that will last him a long time.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent value. I bought four!

                    By Double D

                    from Wells, Maine

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful finish
                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Intonation
                    • Great Vendor Service
                    • Quite Level Fretboard

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Great Instrument For All
                    • Practice Thru Performance

                    Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                    This is a wonderful instrument and a great value. I own many ukuleles and rank this among the top. Equal to many costing three times as much!

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Instrument for the price

                    By Acebronx

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Great price
                    • Nice Warm Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Series Tenor Ukulele:

                        Great uke at a great price. Nice warm tone and easy to play. Fast delivery.

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