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Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele

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Lanikai ukuleles have great playability, sound, and aesthetics at a price that will surprise you. THe LU-11 is a standard (soprano) size uke with top...Click To Read More About This Product

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A lot of uke for the money.

Lanikai ukuleles have great playability, sound, and aesthetics at a price that will surprise you. THe LU-11 is a standard (soprano) size uke with top, back, sides, and fretboard constructed with nato, a wood similar to mahogany. 12 frets with geared machine heads for easy tuning. Binding on the top.

Strung with Aquila Nylgut Strings and includes a Lanikai Learn to Play Instruction Booklet.

FEATURES
  • Standard-sized uke
  • Nato top, back, sides
  • 12 frets, with geared machine heads for easy tuning
  • Bound top
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Strung with Aquila Nylgut Strings and includes a Lanikai Learn to Play Instruction Booklet

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LanikaiLU-11 Standard Ukulele
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well Built

I received this instrument a year ago. This is one of the best Ukuleles you can purchase for this general price range. I've been very pleased with it.

The body of...Read complete review

I received this instrument a year ago. This is one of the best Ukuleles you can purchase for this general price range. I've been very pleased with it.

The body of the Ukulele looks sharp and professional. It is also fairly dent resistant. The sound quality can be a little bit better with different strings, but overall the tone is exceptional for the cost. It also stays in tune very well, better than many of my guitars.

The fretboard on mine has good play-ability, but it isn't the best built. It is painted black, and in spots, the paint doesn't look very professional (there is a very small amount on the rims of some of the frets, and a tiny amount on the wooden neck on my Ukulele). Mine has also worn a bit faster than I would have expected, but at a glance the fretboard looks good as new.

Overall, this is a GREAT tool for anyone considering playing the Ukulele. This is my only ukulele at the moment. I play it all of the time, and I don't plan on upgrading. It's a great instrument.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

For practice/learning only

This is a solid starter instrument. I purchased looking to add ukulele to my repertoire, and it is a decent instrument for learning on, but I wouldn't recommend for much else. The most...Read complete review

This is a solid starter instrument. I purchased looking to add ukulele to my repertoire, and it is a decent instrument for learning on, but I wouldn't recommend for much else. The most annoying thing, by far, is that notes tend to "sharpen" quite dramatically as you move up the fretboard. This was especially true for the high A string on my ukulele. For me, it is so sharp I can barely stand to play it. I don't think this is common to all of the Lu-11s though, as I didn't see it in other reviews. Nevertheless, it suggests spotty craftsmanship. The tone quality overall isn't horrific, but it also isn't very great either.

I'm going to try changing the strings and seeing if that helps, but otherwise, if I were recommending a friend, I'd go ahead and recommend a higher quality Ukulele.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well Built

By StanViolin

from TX

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Sharp Looks

Cons

  • Fretboard Issues

Best Uses

  • Amateur Gigs
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

I received this instrument a year ago. This is one of the best Ukuleles you can purchase for this general price range. I've been very pleased with it.

The body of the Ukulele looks sharp and professional. It is also fairly dent resistant. The sound quality can be a little bit better with different strings, but overall the tone is exceptional for the cost. It also stays in tune very well, better than many of my guitars.

The fretboard on mine has good play-ability, but it isn't the best built. It is painted black, and in spots, the paint doesn't look very professional (there is a very small amount on the rims of some of the frets, and a tiny amount on the wooden neck on my Ukulele). Mine has also worn a bit faster than I would have expected, but at a glance the fretboard looks good as new.

Overall, this is a GREAT tool for anyone considering playing the Ukulele. This is my only ukulele at the moment. I play it all of the time, and I don't plan on upgrading. It's a great instrument.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Instrument!

Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

I would highly recomend this product to anyone starting the Ukulele, and even anyone who plays a lot!
Ok, so I have been a musician for over 8 years. Love to play music. I had a few friends that played Ukulele, and it looked like fun so I bought one. I have somewhat of a low budget, so I was trying to shoot for under $60. After researching just about every Ukulele on the site in the price range, I decided that this one seemed like the best quality by a longshot.
I recieved my Ukulele in great condition. Strings were attached, and no scratches on the body. This Ukulele delivers a great tone! One of my friend's paid over $100 for his Ukulele, and the other was $80, but in comparison, mine sounds better.

The only thing that I feel like I could count off for (because everything else is awesome), is the painted fretboard. It is painted black, it doesn't have the best paint work. There are a few hard-to-notice places where the paint is on the golden frets, and the paint is slightly uneven, but overall I think it looks great!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First One I've Owned

By 435 Studio

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

Looks great, sounds like you would expect it to. This is probably not something you would perform with professionally, but it feels solid and seems to have a good sounding tone.
Basic instrument, looks very nice, finish is rich and it looks very high quality
I bought this a a gift, so all I've done is take it out of the box and make sure it isn't broken. I've never had a ukulele before, but it appears that it is well made, it fees solid and the tuning machines seem to be of good quality.
Great value at the price. Looks great, sounds like you would expect it to. This is probably not something you would perform with professionally, but it fees solid and seems to have a good sounding tone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

outstanding beginner uke

By coconutty

from Destin, Florida

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Beautifully Made
  • Consistent
  • Excellent Playability
  • Good intonation
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Noodling
    • Practicing
    • Writing

    Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

    I have been playing string instruments for years, including the uke, so I am rather critical of less expensive instruments. I bought two of these ukes for my adult sons' Christmas, and was impressed with the high quality of the construction and tone. the action was good and the intonation (usually the biggest factor on inexpensive instrument) was outstanding. They really loved them! I highly reccomend these ukes.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Quality for Price Paid

    By JSpade

    from Maryland

    Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

    This ukulele arrived a full 4 days ahead of time, packaged very nicely with no damage at all. It has great sound when tuned up, and it has been great for learning to play. It certainly isn't a professional-grade uke, but it's great for a high school student such as myself that just wants to have fun playing a somewhat different instrument.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    It's a uke

    By Moxxiemeister

    from Morgantown, wv

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

        For the money, it's a good instrument. It could use some adjustment in the bridge as several strings go out of pitch as you fret up the neck

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Affordable fun

        By Stoneman

        from Detroit

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

          An excellent value and good quality especially in today's overpriced Ukulele market. Good tone and well built. The only thing I would change is to put better tuners on it and include a carry/gig bag.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          For practice/learning only

          By Jason

          from TN

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

            This is a solid starter instrument. I purchased looking to add ukulele to my repertoire, and it is a decent instrument for learning on, but I wouldn't recommend for much else. The most annoying thing, by far, is that notes tend to "sharpen" quite dramatically as you move up the fretboard. This was especially true for the high A string on my ukulele. For me, it is so sharp I can barely stand to play it. I don't think this is common to all of the Lu-11s though, as I didn't see it in other reviews. Nevertheless, it suggests spotty craftsmanship. The tone quality overall isn't horrific, but it also isn't very great either.

            I'm going to try changing the strings and seeing if that helps, but otherwise, if I were recommending a friend, I'd go ahead and recommend a higher quality Ukulele.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sound, good construction.

            By CelticEric

            from Idaho Falls, ID

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

              Sounds great. Good tone. Very pleased.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great little instrument

              By Inky

              from St. Louis

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              Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

              I bought the LU-11 as my second ukulele to replace a cheap Rogue that I had been using for about a year. I'm very pleased with this great instrument. I love the sound, feel, and the face that I haven't had any problems with it since I go it.

              (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              This is for nothing more than a beginner

              By danthesexygarbageman

              from USA (unfortunately)

              Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

              Well i bought this uke to learn on with the intention of upgrading later. well what a mistake. it took me a total of about 20 minutes to learn about 15 chords...so much just to learn on. if i were to do it over again i would get an acoustic-electric (i now own the lu-21te). so if you have any intention of upgrading in the near future, just do it now before you buy this. dont get me wrong, this isn't that bad of an instrument. it has decent tone and good projection, but it is a beginners instrument. i rated it so low in quality for 2 reasons: the fretboard and bridge. they are both nato wood painted black. the paint job is uneven. it looks as though a kinder-gardener painted it. the construction seems solid enough though. just looks terrible. instead of buying this, i would just upgrade to at least the lu-21 because at least that has rosewood and binding.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My review

              By Morgan Gratton

              from Kershaw, SC

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              Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

              Awesome, just simply awesome. The strings are very new so they are still stretching, so it's annoying to have to tune it so often but give me practice as a new-uke player
              When I opened it up I was so excited, it is so pretty, well put together. I haven't seen anything wrong with it. This is my first ukulele, and I'm very excited to learn. The book that they send with it could be a little more informative, but other than that it's awesome. I love the way they strung the uke because it's so neat at the end.

               
              5.0

              Bought 3 as gifts and they were all Hits

              By KeepItReal

              from San Pedro, CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • For Beginners To Learn
              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

              I purchased 3 of these ukeleles as Christmas gifts. One for my husband, the other 2 for my son in laws and they were big hits! I did a lot of research before buying and this one had the greatest reviews. I would definitely recommend it for beginners and there are many instructional videos online for learning.

               
              2.0

              You get what you pay for.

              By Nan

              from Deer Park, Wa

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Price

              Cons

              • Broken

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

              Tuning heads didn't work right out of the box. Two of the heads won't hold tension.

               
              4.0

              Good beginner Ukulele

              By Hill

              from Texas

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Looks nice

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

                Once I got it tuned it sounded okay. I enjoy playing this ukulele and feel this is a good beginner one.

                 
                5.0

                Great equipment and a great price

                By FloridaJosie

                from WPB, FL

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

                Bought this Ukulele as a gift and it was exactly as described. Quick service and packed great. Thanks.

                 
                4.0

                Priced like a toy, Well-made instrumentl

                By Marvin's garden

                from Springfield OR

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                Pros

                • Accurate Fretting
                • Consistent
                • Decent Tuners
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

                    My town has several monthly open-to-all ukelele nights. This is the perfect strum-along ax. Sure it's limited, but it's VERY friendly!

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Great starter uke for the price

                    By KellyC

                    from Overland Park, KS

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

                        I bought this for my 3-1/2 year old niece. I'd bought her an electronic guitar and she was done with it when she found out it didn't have strings like mine did! This is not nearly as nice a uke as the one I use to perform live, but I think it's nicer than the uke I had when I was 3 years old!

                        It will be a good little instrument for her to play around with and I didn't spend a ton of money on it so if it doesn't last long I won't be disappointed.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good deal

                        By Mblindsey

                        from Kansas

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • CHEAP price
                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                        • Made In China

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Beginners
                        • By The Campfire
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

                        I bought this for casual play. Intonation is good, the quality is good for the price, and my kids love it too. It's not top of the line, but it plays well and if my kids destroy it, I'm not going to be super upset. I would recommend this for beginners and those that need a Uke that doesn't devalue if it gets a few scruff marks. Happy with this purchase.

                         
                        4.0

                        a good little instrument

                        By Dr. Phreddee

                        from Mount Pleasant, PA

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Tone

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Strolling Work

                        Comments about Lanikai LU-11 Standard Ukulele:

                        Once the strings got past their initial stretching the ukelele has stayed in tune reasonably well. It's a good instrument, especially for the price.

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