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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

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.

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