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Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele  

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Overview

  • Tattoo laser etch
  • Body: Concert
  • Top: Select mahogany
Description & Specs
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    $148.75
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    - $49.75
  • Your Price:
    $9900
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      Harness the power and mystery of the turtle with this Hawaiian-tattoo-inspired design.

      This Tattoo Concert Uke takes its design from traditional Hawaiian body ornamentation. The designs were monochromatic, tattooed in black against brown skin. The patterns and layout were strongly geometric and there were many shapes and symbols representing the natural island world: stones, waves, fish, sharks, turtles, rain, sun, and birds. This design is based on a Hawaiian turtle (honu), a symbol of longevity and endurance rendered in a Polynesian tattoo style. The fret markers are stylized sharks teeth.

      Features

      • Tattoo laser etch
      • Body: Concert
      • Top: Select mahogany
      • Back/Sides: Mahogany
      • Neck: Nat/Mahogany
      • Fretboard/Bridge: Rosewood
      • Scale: 15"
      • Nut: 1-5/16"
      • Finish: Satin
      • Weight: 1.3 lb.
      • Gig bag included
       
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      Luna GuitarsTattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele
       
      4.5

      (based on 36 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (25)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (9)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (2)

      91%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (18)
      • Consistent (12)
      • Well built / quality (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing (14)
        • Back-up (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (12), Novice (9)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Great Sound at a Great Price

        As I said, I've been able to compare this uke side by side with another concert uke of comparable price and materials, and this one is clearly superior and a better buy. The...Read complete review

        As I said, I've been able to compare this uke side by side with another concert uke of comparable price and materials, and this one is clearly superior and a better buy. The cleaner fretwork, the slightly larger body and the better tone all surprised me; I really didn't think I'd be happy with a laminated wood instrument. (I spent a few minutes in one store playing an all solid wood koa uke, and this one is not far behind that one in tone.) This is an excellent instrument to start on, and you might decide you'll never need to move up the food chain (although gas strikes all of us musicians sooner or later!).
        I'm rating this based on price and on comparison side by side with another uke of similar price, a Kohala KP-C model. I received that model for my birthday (picked out by my wife and daughter), and my daughter decided she wanted one too, so we went back adn she picked this one out for herself. Good choice!

        The features on this are minimal, the most noticeable being the tattoo design on the top, which looks much better in person than it does in the photos I've seen. The woods look nice (all laminates) with even coloring, and the fingerboard and bridge also both look good. No body binding, which the Kohala has, but it doesn't take away from the design; I actually like it's minimal design (beyond the "tattoo"). There are no side dots on the neck, but the fret markers on the fingerboard are large and easy to see. And since I'm a lefty player, not having the dots on the "wrong" side of the neck is a plus!
        This low end uke is very well made from good materials, even though there are no solid woods in the body (top sides back). I don't see any glue residue inside the body, and all the seams and linings are tight with no gaps. The fretwork is very good - no sharp edges - much better than the Kohala, which is rough on the fingers! Plays nicely, stays in tune well, even though it's new. Tunes up easily with a Snark tuner, btw.
        Having played this Luna side by side with the Kohala, I can say that it has a much richer, more pleasing tone! Part of that is no doubt the better strings, but the Luna also has a slighty larger body (about 3/8" wider on the lower bout and 1/8" thicker sides). My daughter is very happy with this uke, and I'm planning on taking my Kohala back and exchanging it for one of these (I have my wife's permission!).

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Do not order if this is on backorder.

        To be clear, this is not a review on the instrument itself. That is because even though I ordered it over 5 weeks ago, I still have not received it. When I ordered...Read complete review

        To be clear, this is not a review on the instrument itself. That is because even though I ordered it over 5 weeks ago, I still have not received it. When I ordered it on Jan 15, the website said that it was on backorder, but that the ship date would be Jan 25. I decided it was worth the wait and ordered it. Then on Feb 5, after reaching out to customer service, I was told that the new ship date was Feb 15. Now I have gone back to the website and the current ship date is March 11. This is getting ridiculous. At this point I have no faith that the instrument will ever come. Anyway, the only point of this review is a warning to anyone considering ordering this instrument that if it's on backorder, do not trust the estimated ship date. At all.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love it

        By MiaT

        from Tyler, Tx

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

            I love it!

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            4.0

            Great starter or traveling ukulele

            By Nbonsi

            from NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Playability
            • Good Tone
            • Great value

            Cons

            • Slight Intonation Issues

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Practicing
            • Starter

            Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

            Picked this up as the price was right for a mahogany veneered ukulele. It's absolutely perfect as a very good beginner or 2nd/traveling instrument. Not as bright as a solid (example: KOA) model, but so worth the price was it has a nice warm tone.

            The tattoo design is a love / hate thing,... But I personally was drawn to it, as I think it gives it a unique character. It also comes with good strings that you can use till they actually require changing. The soft case it comes with is of value, but this ukulele is so nice, you'll want to pick up a good hard case.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Ukulele!

            By Kiki19

            from Daytona Beach, FL

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone
            • Strong

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

              I bought this ukulele as a gift and I really like it. It has a great sound and it is good for practicing!

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              When I play it, makes me feel Hawaiian!

              By thenomad

              from Los Angeles, California

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Travel With
              • Good Investment
              • Great sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                I've been wanting to learn the Ukulele, for a while and my girlfriend surprised me by getting me one for our anniversary. Love it to death, and hard to put down. Any chance I get I play it no matter what time of the day. Coming from a musician that thinks guitarist are on another planet this was pretty easy to pick up. Even though it's way different than guitar, I still had no problem learning it. Definitely recommend it, a good investment in my opinion. Plus the artwork on it is rad!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great!

                By Radiohead42

                from Richfield, UT

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                  I am a strong believer that you will get what you pay for. With that in mind, I am very satisfied with this purchase. I would highly recommend changing the strings as quickly as possible, but after that is done, the tone, playability, and overall look of the instrument are wonderful. So for what it's worth, it's not too shabby. I'm very satisfied!

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love mine - Bought another as a Gift

                  By Barb18

                  from Northern Michigan

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Flawless Construction
                  • Good Tone
                  • Holds Its Tuning
                  • Looks Great

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                      After playing a Uke in college, as a senior citizen now, I wanted to get back to it, so I bought the Luna Tattoo Concert after reading LOTS of reviews. I have been so happy with it that I bought a second one as a gift for my daughter-in-law who saw it and really liked it. If you are undecided, consider this one very seriously. You won't be disappointed. The tone is mellow, the fit and finish are flawless, the strings are high quality, and it's easy to play.

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                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good Buy

                      By Jef

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                        I would say this uke is a good buy, it looks great, nice sound. It came with great strings also. I am just starting to play the uke so I cannot compare it to any others although I do hear from other players that it is typical to have to retune them often. If you are just starting out or thinking about learning to play the uke, do yourself a favor and purchase a tuner with whatever your choice is.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great looking uke

                        By LeeLyn

                        from Nebraska

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Good Tone
                        • Lightweight
                        • Looks Great
                        • -looks Great

                        Cons

                        • Echos A Bit
                        • Hollow Sound

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                          I bought this uke based on looks alone. I have a Mitchell concert ukulele and wanted another one so my husband and I could play together. He is more impressed with this uke than I am.

                          I like the look of this ukulele, but I don't believe the sound quality is as good as all the other reviews say. It is much louder than my other uke and lighter. It does feel a little on the cheap side, but I hope the more I play it, the more it grows on me.

                          A plus is that is came with nylgut strings.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          nice!

                          By kutali

                          from highland, ny

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                              Beautiful little instrument with a lovely tone from superior strings. Great deal!

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                              (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Do not order if this is on backorder.

                              By Nathan

                              from New York, NY

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Never Ships If Backorder

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Luna Guitars Tattoo Concert Mahogany Ukulele:

                                  To be clear, this is not a review on the instrument itself. That is because even though I ordered it over 5 weeks ago, I still have not received it. When I ordered it on Jan 15, the website said that it was on backorder, but that the ship date would be Jan 25. I decided it was worth the wait and ordered it. Then on Feb 5, after reaching out to customer service, I was told that the new ship date was Feb 15. Now I have gone back to the website and the current ship date is March 11. This is getting ridiculous. At this point I have no faith that the instrument will ever come. Anyway, the only point of this review is a warning to anyone considering ordering this instrument that if it's on backorder, do not trust the estimated ship date. At all.

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