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Lanikai SZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele   (Used)

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      Capturing the essence and beauty of the natural world with strong and beautiful zebrawood.

      Lanikai is proud to introduce their Exotic Ukuleles. Constructed with solid Zebrawood, the SZW-C concert ukulele produces a fresh tone unique to the distinct resonance capability. Unadorned by synthetic enhancements, this series captures the pure essence and beauty of the natural world.

      The concert ukulele is slightly larger than a standard-sized soprano uke. The result is a slightly deeper tone, and more volume than it's smaller counterpart.

      The Lanikai Exotic series features a solid top back and sides, slotted headstock, Grover gold-plated tuning machines, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, maple and rosewood skunk stripe, and an ovangkol neck. A custom wide-bone nut was used to increase the string spacing, making these ukuleles more comfortable for guitarists who are expanding their sonic palette with the ukulele. The Lanikai SZW-C concert ukulele is truly a performance-driven instrument. Strung with Aquila Nylgut strings.

      Features

      • 4-string concert ukulele
      • Solid zebrawood body
      • 15" scale
      • Ovangkol neck
      • Rosewood bridge and fingerboard
      • Gold-plated Grover tuners
      • Gold-plated hardwars
       
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      LanikaiSZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele
       
      4.2

      (based on 5 reviews)

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      • 5 Stars

         

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      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      • Good tone (3)

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful instrument with good sound

          By novice101

          from GA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Lanikai SZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele:

            This is a solid instrument, good tone, great value and the zebrawood is beautiful. I am very happy with this purchase.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A sweet little uke

            By Dale on Bass

            from Saint Louis

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lanikai SZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele:

                This is a beautiful instrument both to look at and to play. It feels good in my hands. Intonation is accurate and the sound is mellow and rich. Compared to my banjo uke it is quiet -- it is hard to take a lead with it, but when I play with a mike the sound man can fix that (grin)

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great!!!

                By Trifire

                from San Francisco Ca.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Action is fine
                • Consistent
                • Fantastic looks
                • Good Tone
                • Intonation spot on
                • Long Life
                • Strong
                • Tuners are great
                • Very nice warm tone

                Cons

                • Packaging is terrible
                • Very minor dings

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Lanikai SZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele:

                Seems to me with this large of a discount, these have to be considered blemished in one way shape or form. That being said, as with anything, you take a chance on how extensive the blemish or damage is. I was fortunate to receive one with just a couple of minor dings, but no cracks or breaks, no rough spots, glue or sharp frets, spot on intonation and awesome wood grain making it truly look amazing! I've been playing guitar for 25 yrs. and uke seriously for 3, for this price, if you're fortunate like I was, you'll get a great solid wood sound with eye candy looks, for a steal of a price, which is why I took the chance:) Unless or until you can afford one of the handmade "K" ukes from Hawaii, these are great playing, sounding, looking solid wood ukes that won't kill your wallet! Recommended!:) Aloha

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                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                The Lanikai SZW-T is a nice ukulele for the money.

                By David Chittum

                from Florida

                Comments about Lanikai SZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele:

                The Lanikai SZW-T finish issues are obvious enough that my first thought was to call for an RMA, but a few hours of play made keeping this instrument an easy decision.

                This ukulele sounds good and it's playable right out of the box. It's properly constructed of good materials, and the overall quality is high enough to justify upgrades (nut, saddle, pickup, polishing with 00000, whatever). While the fit and finish are not optimum, they're acceptable given the sale price.

                Would I recommend this ukulele deal to a friend? Absolutely, but for the suggested retail price I'd recommend a Pono.
                Do the features of this Lanikai zebrawood uke match its online description?
                Unadorned- Definitely, and better for it. This is not one of those embarrassing MOP tree-of-life wall-hangers.
                Solid top, back and sides; Grovers; rosewood FB & bridge - True. Despite some corner-cutting this uke is solidly-built from good materials.
                Custom wide bone nut- True and possibly false. The wide string spacing is a very nice touch, but the nut looks to be made of a thermoplastic. Perhaps "bone" refers to the color.
                Fresh tone...resonance- This instrument sounded good right out of the box, and after twenty or so hours of playing it sounds even better. This is no surprise given the uke's materials and construction.
                More comfortable for guitarists- Definitely. I'll likely swap out the (nice) factory strings in favor of AQUILA's 11U set. These support tenor guitar tuning, but with the D string raised an octave.
                The action is comfortable and the neck is straight. A professional setup would be a waste, but a few minutes with a fret file will be a help. Intonation is OK as delivered, but I've already ordered a compensated bone saddle.
                Fit and finish are (barely) acceptable given a hefty sale, but the not at the suggested retail price. The headstock slots are finished but not sanded. The heel shows toolmarks and the minimal finish allows minor irregularities to stand out.
                The Lanikai SZW-T is a good-sounding ukulele and I expect major improvements as it ages in.
                My rating here is only in the context of a considerable online sale.

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                (1 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Seems okay, but...

                By music_lover_06241988

                from Manhattan, KS

                Comments about Lanikai SZW-C Solid Zebrawood Concert Ukulele:

                I have played guitar for many years, but this was my first ukulele. I would highly recommend actually playing a uke before buying one--turns out even the expensive ones (including this one) have a fairly weak, plucky sound. That's an inevitable consequence of the nylon strings used in ukes. This uke looks pretty but doesn't have a really smooth, lacquered finish like I was expecting. The finish isn't coarse, of course, but it's not nothing like on a typical guitar. Overall, though, it seems well-designed and well-built, and the components (tuners, bridge) seem to be of a moderate to high quality.

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