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Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele

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The Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele has nato wood top, back, and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, geared tuners, and white binding on the top. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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For tropical nights, even if you live in Alaska.

The Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele has nato wood top, back, and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, geared tuners, and white binding on the top.

Lanikai ukuleles have great playability, sound, and aesthetics at a price that will surprise you. Binding on the top. Your Lanikai LU-21 comes with a rosewood bridge and fingerboard.

This ukulele is strung with Aquila Nylgut Strings and includes a Lanikai Learn to Play Instruction Booklet.

FEATURES
Nato wood top, back, and sides 
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Geared tuners
White binding on the top

Order today and you'll be strummin' in a day or two!

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LanikaiLU-21 Standard Ukulele
 
4.6

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (4)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very nice wood; definitely needs setup

I've been a guitar player for 30+ years and have been doing my own setups for a long time. I bought this little uke for my daughter (and for me to fool around...Read complete review

I've been a guitar player for 30+ years and have been doing my own setups for a long time. I bought this little uke for my daughter (and for me to fool around with). It's got a surprisingly good tone and has solid construction. I think it is totally worth the price. BUT IT DEFINITELY REQUIRES SOME SETTING UP! As soon as I opened the box and picked it up I knew that both the nut slots AND saddle needed to be filed a LOT. But after doing so it plays nicely and intonates fairly well up the neck. It also holds tuning pretty well (but keep in mind that nylon strings take a LOOOONG time to stretch out -- count on a good week before it settles down.)

If you can do the set-up yourself then it's a no-brainer; get it. If you can't then you'll probably find that the repair bill that a technician will charge you is nearly equal to the price of this little uke. But it's worth it. In fact, this might be an ideal piece on which to learn how to do some simple maintenance jobs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad Intonation

I bought this uke, thinking if I pay double/triple the price of the bottom-end ukes it would be ok. I was wrong. The intonation was so off, that the uke was painfully...Read complete review

I bought this uke, thinking if I pay double/triple the price of the bottom-end ukes it would be ok. I was wrong. The intonation was so off, that the uke was painfully out of tune with itself when using the 5th fret. I recommend either buying a cheaper uke for show, or spending more and getting a uke you can actually play.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice wood; definitely needs setup

By Jeff

from NJ

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I've been a guitar player for 30+ years and have been doing my own setups for a long time. I bought this little uke for my daughter (and for me to fool around with). It's got a surprisingly good tone and has solid construction. I think it is totally worth the price. BUT IT DEFINITELY REQUIRES SOME SETTING UP! As soon as I opened the box and picked it up I knew that both the nut slots AND saddle needed to be filed a LOT. But after doing so it plays nicely and intonates fairly well up the neck. It also holds tuning pretty well (but keep in mind that nylon strings take a LOOOONG time to stretch out -- count on a good week before it settles down.)

If you can do the set-up yourself then it's a no-brainer; get it. If you can't then you'll probably find that the repair bill that a technician will charge you is nearly equal to the price of this little uke. But it's worth it. In fact, this might be an ideal piece on which to learn how to do some simple maintenance jobs.

(10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the coolest thing since sliced bread

By Landon Matheny

from a town

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

its amazing i read the other reviews and thought wow this might be a mistake but its a great instrument... yeah it falls out of tune some... duh there are nylon strings what woould you expect... i love it and you will too.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for my first ukulele

By Shay Park

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I only recently picked up the ukulele after playing guitar for several years. I did research on what would be a good start, and every site brought me back to the LU-21. I found that this is a perfect instrument for beginners who have a serious interest in ukulele, but don't want to spend too much on their first one. It has a nice sound and comes with good strings.

A couple of downsides is that it goes out of tune really easily, though that improves over time, and also it's top-heavy, making it a little hard to play standing up without a strap, because the neck tends to droop down and take the body with it.

I would highly recommend this for anyone just starting the ukulele!

(8 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You get what you pay for...

By Ivyhurst

from Buffalo, NY

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

This is a cheap ukulele that's one step above a plastic toy from the gas station. It's really not a real instrument, but something to have a laugh with.

If you want a real ukulele, buy a more expensive one. I kind of wish I had just coughed up another $50 to $100 and bought a real instrument. This thing will be garage sale fodder or something for the kids to play with.
It's a ukulele, not a lot of features here to discuss.
This is a notch above a plastic toy.

For the price, I wasn't expecting great quality, but this ukulele can't even really be tuned. (either the bridge is incorrect or the intonation on the neck is incorrect)

Still, you can make slightly out of tune music with this ukulele. If you'd like to play music that's actually in tune, buy a more expensive ukulele. Don't frustrate yourself with trying to get this thing to sound perfect. It simply won't.
You get what you pay for. Low quality at a cheap price.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lanikai 21

By Danny Tilley

from No. Alabama

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

You just can't neat that velvet , harp like sound of the Laniaki
I too am one of those guy's who have played guiutar all my life. I saw a guy playing one on t.v.
and thought that it might be a cool instrument to play. Small, great sound coming from that little
fellow, so I began to research all I could about it. It became evident after talking to a shop owner
on the internet, that the Lanikai 21 was the best sound, most practical, and It won't break you
ukelele out there. So at his advise I bought one. Well here I am just recently purchased a new
classical guitar that I genuinely adore, but my wife ask me the other day why I play the ukelele
more? I thought it over and I think it is evident; It's now my favorite past time. So if youré in the
market for a ukelele, the Lanikai 21 is the one to buy,without regret......................................
Not a better ukelele out there for the beginner or the pro
I got a great deal cost wise. Compared to other uke's out there it's #1

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Fine Little Instrument

By Eric Lambex

from Reno NV

Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

A nice little instrument. Plays well, Clean soft tone. No intonation problems, Hold a tune well. Nice looking, nothing too fancy. I read some reviews that were quite negative. I bought mine at a Guitar Center--the bricks and mortar side of Musician's Friend. I think it is nice to try out a couple to make sure it plays well. If you do have intonation problems, or fret buzz, tell Musician's friend and the will like make it right. These are built to a price and there might be variations in quality.

I also noted some reviews of these ukes saying that they don't hold a tune well. If you have that problem just tighten the phillips screw in the middle of the gear on the back of the tuning peg.

Ukes are easy and fun.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

100% Perfect for Beginners

By Jschol

from SPF, NJ

Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I bought this Lanikai LU-21 Ukulele because it was cheap and I wanted to start off simple. I didn't want to go out and buy a hundred-dollar ukulele and find out that it wasn't for me. I was extremely surprised on the sound quality, as it was great. I've learned easily and it's a fun instrument. However, now that I am good and spend some time around other ukulele players, I find that my sound isn't as good as the more professional players. I plan on buying a nice ukulele soon, but this instrument was absolutely perfect to start out on and has an extremely good value.The only other problem is that it does not stay in tune easily, no matter what the strings. I found myself re-tuning every time I put the ukulele down or after every half-hour of playing. No problem though, great practice!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By New Ukelelian

from Atlanta GA

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I'm a beginner so my opinion probably doesn't mean much, but I will say that this ukulele is amazing and as a beginner, it is a heck of a lot easier to learn than the guitar. And it's so small, i take it everywhere.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Uke

By Johnathan Schneider

from UNITED STATES

Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I definitely like mine a lot and it is a great ukulele,however, I wish I had bought a nicer one. If you are experienced in guitar (like me), or any other stringed instrument, you might want to go for a slightly higher quality instrument. However, for a beginner this is a nice ukulele for a great price. The intonation begins to fall sharply in quality after the 5th fret.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Beginner Ukulele

By Craftlady

from Montreal, QC

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

Very easy to learn with the included little instruction booklet and is the best value for the dollar.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad Intonation

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I bought this uke, thinking if I pay double/triple the price of the bottom-end ukes it would be ok. I was wrong. The intonation was so off, that the uke was painfully out of tune with itself when using the 5th fret. I recommend either buying a cheaper uke for show, or spending more and getting a uke you can actually play.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST UKE EVER!!!!!!!!

By Lane-tLT2z

from Pa

Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

I like this uke!!! Amazing sound. Nice color. Stays in tune long. For beginner or expert this uke will full all your needs and more.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By moses2112

from new jersey

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

this ukulele is awesome, the price is great, it sounds amazingly good, and the quality of the hardware is good, the only problem I've had with it so far (I've only had it for a day) is that it goes out of tune easily but im sure that its because the strings are new and need to stretch out a little but other than that its a great ukulele

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

LU-21 Std Ukulele

By borno

from Wisconsin

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

    My first Ukulele, so I may not be the best person to review this, but, it certainly meets all my expectations. I would recommend to other people starting to play the ukulele.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best uke ever

    By MusicMan256

    from St. Petersburg, FL

    Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

    I received the LU-21 as a present from my cousin in Hawaii along with a chord book. It sounds great! I thought it was a very expensive top-of-the-line uke. It goes a little out of tune every now and then, but other than that it's perfect. I've played it almost every day for six months now, and it's still as good as new. I've let many of my friends try it out, and most of them liked it so much they're shopping for their own ukes. The LU-21 is a fantastic uke that will last probably as long as you will.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An excellent value

    By Stef-DIgPQ

    from Los Angeles CA

    Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

    This ukulele stays in tune very well and has a nice mellow tone. I was not expecting such good quality for the money I paid for it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stays in tune, great sound

    By Rabbik

    from North Texas

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

      I am a new player and did a lot of research before buying the LU-21. I was not disappointed. I tuned it with a snark chromatic tuner in about 10 minutes and have practiced with it daily. It has stayed in tune consistently since I tuned it the first time. The tone is nice and the more I play, the better the sound gets.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great ukulele for the price

      By Leroy

      from Vancouver, WA.

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

      I've been playing the ukulele for years. I have two Martin ukuleles and 2 Kamaka ukuleles. I just purchased this LU21 and I love it. I think it is great for the person that wants to learn how to play the guitar. It has a great tone and if you set it up right you will have years of pleasure. It has such a mellow tone and is so relaxing to play..You won't go wrong with this one.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      my first uke

      By Corrie

      from Aztec, NM

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Consistent

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

          I read all the comments before I bought this uke. I believe its a good beginner uke good quality; good price; fast service. However, I had to buy a tuner because it needs tuning almost every day. As soon as I get the hang of playing I plan on buying a better uke probably a concert one. This one serves my current needs; good quality at an affordable price for a beginner but get a tuner.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Uke!

          By Dan S.-.69.0

          from Irvine, CA

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          Comments about Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele:

          I have a pretty common story: I wanted to buy a ukulele, but the only ones in the store were so cheaply set up they were almost unplayable and wouldn't stay in tune long enough to finish a song. When I ordered this instrument, I was pleased to find that it had low action, quality tuners, accurate intonation, and a nice, sparkling, bright tone with a lot of personality. I have recommended this instrument to every potential uke-player I know. Buy it, and have fun! And be sure to learn some Beatles tunes on it, it's a good way to learn uke and they sound great!

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