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Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele   

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This tenor uke includes the Shadow P3 pickup with 2-band EQ and volume control. Curly koa top, back, and sides, with maple binding. Rosewood fretboar...Click To Read More About This Product

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This tenor uke includes the Shadow P3 pickup with 2-band EQ and volume control. Curly koa top, back, and sides, with maple binding. Rosewood fretboard, 18 frets. Die-cast machine heads. 26"W x 9"W x 2-7/8"D.

This ukulele is strung with Aquila Nylgut Strings.

  • Tenor size
  • Curly koa top, back, and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Shadow P3 pickup with 2-band EQ and volume controls
  • 18 frets
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Maple binding

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LanikaiCK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


lanka ck-teq

By Johnny-vcLLZ

from n.w. florida

Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

This is my second ukelele. Intonation, and other stuff were a problem with my first. I put an electronc tuner on this electric uke and its intonation is perfect at the first and 12th strings with the strings that came on it. I play it thru a Fender Mini-Twin (nearly a toy) and it sounds great!I dont really have talent but I cant quit playing string instruments. This thing is more fun than a new girlfried. M-friend got it to me fast! I love it. I usually play bass. Just strum 6 strings but this has given me new inspiration! Playing Beatles and stuff, even James Taylor. Music is everywhere for the Ukulele. I cant believe how many of my favorite players play the uke! Johnny Winters first instrument was a Uke. George Harrison carried TWO with him when he traveled.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Review of Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele

By Werner Schaffhauser

from Montreal Qc. Canada

Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

This is my 4th Uke (after one Mahalo starter and two Oskar Schimdts (OU5 a/e concert and a OU4 spruce top acoustic tenor) ) and I am very happy with the upgrade, nice mellow sound both accoustic and electric (the Aquila strings might be a good reason for that) and overall fun to play, I play Blues and 20s, 30s and 40s Jazz / Tin Pan Alley and it's real fun, espcially since I tend more to fingerpicking than strumming.
One word of caution to the "handymen" around here, I addad a strap button to the foot of the neck and run into trouble with the Maple (yes: real wood) binding: It is very nice, but as all bindings rather thin, so when I drilled the pilot hole for the screw to fix the button I did it as usual at approx. half the screw size, as I did at least 50 times before for me and friends, but the maple wood needs for the small thickness a full size pilot hole (or even a touch wider) otherwise you will split the binding when screing in the screw, as I did!!!! It was quickly fixed with a bit of wood glue and 30 min patience, but it is visible (luckily hidden by the strap ;-) ) and easy to avoid if you know about it. It was the first time I came accross all wooden bindings, I geuss that's how we all learn......

Everything works fine, but I was a bit disapointed to receive her with the older UK2000 preamp instead of the newer Shadow (which got a better rating in most reviews), none the less, all works fine and as it should be. I was rather impressed by the geared tuners which have a very low transmissions, meaning it takes a "lot" of turns to tune her, which might be annoying when changeing strings, but is extremley nice to tune her precisly and gives a great control.
The nine here is only the point that I had to sand of two rather sharp edges at the nut, which made playing frets 1 and 2 uncomfortable, but 3 minutes careful sanding by hand was all the setup needed. The intonation is perfect from the 1st to the 15th fret, the action beautifully low without buzz and the overall workamansship very good. I saw 2 small optical blemishes (I would think ist glue not completely sanded off) but you really, really have to search for them...;-) For those two points only a 9 for what otherwise would be a 10+ .
Importing it into Canada made the deal a bit less exciting..... But finding a good Lanikai in Montreal is rather hard, there are only 2 dealers that carry them and one only as a side line and the other is usually understocked in quality models......

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A little disappointing

By David

from undisclosed

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Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

This isn't a horrible Uke, it can be made to play OK, and amplified it sounds pretty good. Acoustically, it's muffled. For me, it's on that borderline. I won't send it back, but I wish it was more satisfying.
I think the shadow pickup system is super for this price point, lots of output, good clarity.
Tool marks on the body, poor set-up. I needed to lower the nut significantly to make it playable.
This isn't a cheap instrument. I would have liked to see a more cleanly made, better playing instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Uke

By Cody-5l1db

from Miami, FL

Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

After having the Mitchell MU70 Concert for about 6 months, I decided to upgrade to my 2nd ukulele, and I love it. It sounds great acoustically and plugged in. I was kind of skeptical about the steel C (or D) string, but it gives the uke a fuller and deeper tone. I was very satisfied with the volume, much louder than my previous uke. It sounds awesome even when you play those high positoned chords. I use a portable Roland Micro Cube amp to play plugged in. The acoustic sound is still maintained nicely and you'll dicover a whole bunch of new possibilities when you start messing around with effecs. To me, this is the most beautiful uke within it's prce range. The design is great. The maple bindings add to the goodness. I really like the cutaway section too. It deffinitley adds not only to the appearence but playability as well.Overall, buy it, you will love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


My experience with the lanakai uke

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

This uke is beautiful to the eyes only.I have experience with three different ones all of the same model and company.All three had a buzzing sound (when playing acoustic)on atleast four frets of one string(some more. The firt one i plugged it in to my 70watt. 112 fender amplifier.To my surprise,the buzzing was gone but there was barely any amplification at all.Which made it immpossible to use any sort of effects(not that i do that often anyway but the option would be nice).The second and third ones never even made it that far.I was not happy at all with any of the three and the thought never crossed my mind to keep them.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Did I like it?

By Roberto Infante

from Tri-State Area (NY, NJ)

Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

The jury is still out.
The pick-up is a great feature, but you have no idea if it's on all the way up or all the way numbers on the slides???
The neck has a bit of a back bow and I have no idea if anyone can fix that?
Great deal, but the back ow is killing the playability.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Laminate, not solid koa

By Ukulele Lover

from So Cal

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Comments about Lanikai CK-TEQ Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele:

Despite advertising gimmicks, this tenor ukulele is a laminate uke--solid mahogany underneath with a thin layer of curly koa wood covering it. So you're not getting solid koa, but you should know that already because this uke has a low price point.For a laminate uke, this one is a ton of fun. They built it right--sturdy, yet with a soundboard thin enough to resonate nicely. The uke is not overfinished under an inch of varnish like you see in some of the Oscar Schmidt models, so the sound comes through. Acoustically, this uke has good volume.Also, the uke looks good, and it plugs in. The Shadow electronics do not give you the natural sound of the uke, but those of you with guitars that have the under-the-saddle pickup system know what you're getting into--the pickup really emphasizes the attack of the note rather than the tone of the note. This is OK on a uke, because you should be thumb strumming anyhow.Action on this uke is fully adjustable, and otherise is set up very nicely. If you're looking for the best laminate uke money can buy, and you care about flashy looks, this one is the way to go. I have had mine for a year, and I'm still having a blast with it. This is a good bridge instrument for guitar players coming over. The tenor fretboard gives you plenty of space to do your magic!

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