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Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele

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The Lanikai LU-21T Ukulele has a larger sized tenor body. The top, back, and sides are nato, which is very similar to mahogany. Other features includ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great crossover uke for guitar players.

The Lanikai LU-21T Ukulele has a larger sized tenor body. The top, back, and sides are nato, which is very similar to mahogany. Other features include an easy-to-play rosewood fingerboard and bridge, die-cast tuners for solid tuning, and binding on the top.

Lanikai ukuleles have great playability, sound, and aesthetics at a price that will surprise you.

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

FEATURES
Larger-sized tenor uke body
Nato top, back, and sides
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
Die-cast tuners for solid tuning
Binding on top
26"L x 9"W x 2-7/8"D

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LanikaiLU-21T Tenor Ukulele
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beginner? Intermediate? Look no further...

I think I've said it all by now! I I've just about covered it all. The price is great, the tone is sweet and bright, it holds its tuning remarkably, and is...Read complete review

I think I've said it all by now! I I've just about covered it all. The price is great, the tone is sweet and bright, it holds its tuning remarkably, and is absolutely just fun to play. I find it hard to put it down. I practice every day after my regular job ends, and I stop when my fingers are too sore to continue. I'm not a professional, but I'm getting better every day. It's been a great ride, and this uke is a great companion.
The wood is perfect - the neck hasn't shown any sign of warping, and the sound box is amazing. I also like the geared tuning pegs. I've had friction pegs before and these are far superior, although the negative is, they add a bit more weight to the left hand. It's easy to get accustomed, though and worth the trade-off. It came with Nylgut strings and at least for now, seems like they will go forever. The white plastic border is OK, but because of my posture, it was a bit sharp against my right forearm - nothing some fine grain sandpaper wouldn't fix. Also, I added an endpiece. For a uke this size, it should have been standard. I've tried the pick-up and amp playing, but I just don't care for it. That natural, acoustic sound can't be beat. Maybe someday I'll need amplification, so it's good to know I can if necessary.
For the price, I don't think you'll do any better, worldwide! If you use a magnifying glass, you might find some imperfections where some of the woods come together (like the neck to the sound box), but not enough to worry about. I've kept mine in a case and pretty much in a temperature controlled environment, so I can't speak to how the wood holds up in different temperatures, like extreme cold or arridity (I live in humid central). And I've only had my Lanakai for around nine months. But so far, quality is good. It sounds brand new every day.
I think the Lanakai LU-21TE is a bargain. I've seen many other brands made from supposedly better wood, and I cannot believe they sound any better. Really. Take some good, solid wood, make sure it is properly dried, cut it to the proper thickness, then do the magic to cut and assemble, and I'll put spruce against an expensive hardwood any day of the week. After all, harpsichords were made of spruce for about 250 years. Expensive wood does not a good uke make. I'll take knot-free wood and a good craftsman any day of the week. (And chances are, those great craftsmen are underpaid.)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beginner's ukulele

Try to spend a little bit more money and get an instrument with a solid wood top. The fretboard on my ukulele had very sharp edges.

Try to spend a little bit more money and get an instrument with a solid wood top. The fretboard on my ukulele had very sharp edges.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If Mama Ain't Happy...

By BW

from Nebraska

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Well Constructed

Cons

  • None at this time

Best Uses

  • Learning
  • Practicing

Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

As a long-time guitarist, I was surprised when my wife expressed an interest in learning to play a stringed instrument, but wanted something smaller. A ukulele was perfect. We first tried an inexpensive "toy", but found you get what you pay for. With the quality and size of this instrument, she is thrilled to learn while she plays. And you can bet I'm enjoying playing this, as well. This is a solid, quality instrument, at a very reasonable cost. Stays in tune (mostly), accurate from fret 1, great intonation, and a full, rich tenor sound. Obviously a little larger than soprano or concert, so perfect size to handle. You will not be disappointed with this uke!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beginner? Intermediate? Look no further...

By Carey Hendrix

from Louisiana, USA

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

I think I've said it all by now! I I've just about covered it all. The price is great, the tone is sweet and bright, it holds its tuning remarkably, and is absolutely just fun to play. I find it hard to put it down. I practice every day after my regular job ends, and I stop when my fingers are too sore to continue. I'm not a professional, but I'm getting better every day. It's been a great ride, and this uke is a great companion.
The wood is perfect - the neck hasn't shown any sign of warping, and the sound box is amazing. I also like the geared tuning pegs. I've had friction pegs before and these are far superior, although the negative is, they add a bit more weight to the left hand. It's easy to get accustomed, though and worth the trade-off. It came with Nylgut strings and at least for now, seems like they will go forever. The white plastic border is OK, but because of my posture, it was a bit sharp against my right forearm - nothing some fine grain sandpaper wouldn't fix. Also, I added an endpiece. For a uke this size, it should have been standard. I've tried the pick-up and amp playing, but I just don't care for it. That natural, acoustic sound can't be beat. Maybe someday I'll need amplification, so it's good to know I can if necessary.
For the price, I don't think you'll do any better, worldwide! If you use a magnifying glass, you might find some imperfections where some of the woods come together (like the neck to the sound box), but not enough to worry about. I've kept mine in a case and pretty much in a temperature controlled environment, so I can't speak to how the wood holds up in different temperatures, like extreme cold or arridity (I live in humid central). And I've only had my Lanakai for around nine months. But so far, quality is good. It sounds brand new every day.
I think the Lanakai LU-21TE is a bargain. I've seen many other brands made from supposedly better wood, and I cannot believe they sound any better. Really. Take some good, solid wood, make sure it is properly dried, cut it to the proper thickness, then do the magic to cut and assemble, and I'll put spruce against an expensive hardwood any day of the week. After all, harpsichords were made of spruce for about 250 years. Expensive wood does not a good uke make. I'll take knot-free wood and a good craftsman any day of the week. (And chances are, those great craftsmen are underpaid.)

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value

By bd-IPm2n

from midwest u.s.

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

I don't own this, although I believe I'll buy one soon. The National Tour of the Broadway musical "the Addams Family" carries one with them in case the local orchestra guitarist doesn't own a tenor uke. So far, every local guitarist has used this uke instead of their own, and I'm doing the same right now. I like it better than my old one. It's not an artist instrument, but it's a very decent serviceable instrument with good action and intonation. Good intonation in a uke is like finding an honest man.
it's a tenor uke....
For the price, it's excellent. the action is good all up the neck, it's more easily tunable than most ukes, and I like the strings. And the sound.
the quality/price ratio is very good.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great buy

By Caroline Pendergrast

from Atlanta

Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

Nothing to say about dislikes. We love the look, feel and tone. Has an easy action, easy to play. Nice uke. I would recommend this one to friends.
I bought this tenor uke for my husband, who, at 6'5" struggled with the size of a standard uke. Although the new strings have required tuning up a tad each time he's played it, the uke has a very nice tone and he loves it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My favorite!

By Talking_Bird

from Atlantic Beach, NC

Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

I have two ukuleles - a soprano, and this tenor. I am totally in love with it. It's loud, powerful, and the size is perfect. I play guitar as well, and when I play my soprano, it takes a while to get used to the size difference, but this ukulele is so easy to use. I bought it on impulse and I'm so glad I did. You should buy it too.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gave this to my son for Christmas

By Amy Pollock

from Western PA

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      This was a Christmas gift for my son(18). Turned out to be his favorite. He loves the tone and quality of the instrument. Not only does it play nicely but it is also very beautiful. He would give it a 10 out of 10 if he could.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect.

      By Kliffin

      from Undisclosed

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      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      This is an awesome uke. My friends and I all love it. When we jam it gives excellent sound, always. When plugged into the amp it has very good tone and then when not it performs just as well. Tuning pegs are always tight and this thing stays in tune extremely well. I've had other ukes before and this is the best. I love the feel. I've played more expensive ukes and this one in my opinion is better. Sounds great with black nylon strings.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Beginner's ukulele

      By Luisin

      from Lake Worth, Florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong

      Cons

      • Poor Tone Quality

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      Try to spend a little bit more money and get an instrument with a solid wood top. The fretboard on my ukulele had very sharp edges.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Bang for your Buck!

      By MichelleElizabethFlaherty

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      I've recommended this uke to as many people as I possibly can. It's got a great sound, good build, and the price is right! It's tenor sized which is perfect when transitioning from any other stringed instrument to ukulele or vice versa. A lot of sound comes out of this uke, so use the power wisely, and most importantly, have fun!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AMAZING UKE!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      I just received my LU-21T and I could'nt be happier. For starters, the sound quality Is wonderful and the only reason I gave It a 4.5 on quality, had to do with some finish issues but other then that everything is great. I strongly recommend this to anyone who even thinks they might want to play a Ukulele.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice sounding uke!

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      I bought this as a beater uke, to take camping, etc. but this is a very nice sounding instrument. Don't let the "nato" wood turn you off. Nato is actually a pretty decent tone wood, at least on this uke anyway. Its got a very nice, mellow, punchy sound that still has some good volume to it. Plus the intonation is good and the strings are Aquila, which are some of the best uke strings available IMO. The only thing I had to do was lower the action a little on mine by sanding the saddle some. But other than that, it plays great. In fact, I like it better then my more expensive cedar top uke! I'm a happy camper! :-)

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice Entry Level Uke But Might Need Proper Setup

      By Daniel-_-sT-

      from Los Angeles

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      True to their ad, MF price matched a competitor and gave me an excellent price on this LU-21T. The uke itself arrived packed very nicely in a box within a box. To my surprise, it came with Aquilas, not GHS strings. I was so happy, I quickly grabber my tuner and tried to play a few tunes. To my dismay, the action on this uke was ridiculously high. I'm no expert, but the nut doesn't allow me to get the strings on the first fret w/o a hard amount a pressure and even then there's some buzz. On the other end, I think the bridge is too high as well. So the great price I got actually ended up being more because I had to take it into a shop to get it properly set up. The filed down the nut and bridge and now it plays great. It was frustrating though because a new instrument should be able to be played when bought new.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Uke to get!

      By Lizzy2626

      from Idaho

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      Has a nice deep yet bright tone. I teach Uke and its the Uke i recommend for people to get. Its stable. mine had been dropped and knocked over MANY times, yet still perfect! Great sound AND the stings! It comes with the best strings you can get! Worth it all around. This is the only uke i will buy!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fun to play

      By Andy

      from Grand Island, NE

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good intonation
      • Good Tone
      • Nice Size

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Sharing

      Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

      Like the fit and sound of the tenor over the standard or even the concert. The finish is good and well put together. Just a delight to play. A lot of music for a little price.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Would buy again...

      By sponge

      from Michigan

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Nice starter ukee

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Just learning
        • Practicing

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

        Overall it's a good ukulele. Nice construction and fairly nice tone.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible

        By GrungeBassist

        from Rockville, MD

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

        This ukulele is incredible. Its loud, clear, crisp, and just great. the finish and wood and look is great. It's sturdy, and very fun to play. Of course its light, easy to just bring around and play with. Get it soon.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best ukulele for the price

        By Dave Matthew's band fan

        from tuscaloosa, AL

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

        i bought this ukulele in early july. i was skeptical about it, being that it was only 100 buck. but i did my homework and research, and ended up buying this one. all i can say is. wow.. this ukulele is amazing. it has a surprisingly large amount of sound to it. the tone is phenomenal! i was totally surprised. im a lefty, so instead of reversing the strings, i just play it backwards. its a little bit difficult at times, but i like it. the only problem i have found with the uke is the quallity of how it was made. some of the sanding on the bridge was a little bit cheap, and a few other very minor details. but the good in this uke WAY out does the bad. if your looking to buy your first ukulele, or if you wanting a new instrument in your arsenal of awesome, then look no further than the Lu-21t.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Surprisingly Good Quality

        By Foley25

        from North of Tampa, Florida, USA

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

        I've been playing guitar (not very well, by the way, for 30 years and Ukulele for about 6 weeks. I was very surprised at the quality of the LU-21T! It plays very well, has great sound and is a quality instrument. The bridge is a little high and has needed a little filing down. But. don't get too radical. It has it's limits on the higher frets.My daughter, who is not at all musical learned four chords in ten minutes (C, Am, F and G) and it was a hoot to watch her play. I wish I had done this while she was younger.I am completely happy with this instrument.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Tenor Uke delivers

        By Jim Fisher

        from Maine

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

        Overall I'm very satisfied.
        The LU-21 is a good value. There are not special frills, but the parts are well assembled.
        I purchased two "used-broken" instruments not knowing what to expect. Both were in good condition an with some small adjustments look like they will serve me well. I'm expect the new ones would be good to go. I was intruged with the "nylgut" strings that are stretchier than standard nylon strings. It takes a little longer for the tuning to stabilize, but the sound quality an feel is good.
        Buying used instruments carries some risk, but the two I purchased worked out well.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Stays in tune and sounds great!

        By Bob-X9_V.

        from TN

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele:

        Great Deal, very suprised with the sound. Mine stays in tune no matter how hard I grind it. I bought the Soprano first and exchanged it for the Tenor. The Tenor is perfect. It is not the prettiest Uke out here but it sure does sound great.

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