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Classic design and beautiful wood with attention to detail, all at a price that will make you smile.

The Lanikai LU-21TE Ukulele is based on the best selling Tenor Uke offered by Lanikai with added professional grade Belcat UK2000 electronics for playing in louder environments. This handcrafted tenor ukulele is made with Nato wood (otherwise known as eastern mahogany) on the top, back, and sides. When this wood choice is paired with the rosewood fingerboard it brings out a mellow tone with an enhanced midrange that is often missing in instruments at this price point. The LU-21TE also comes with die-cast tuning machines geared 14/1 for easy tuning.

Even if you've never played ukulele before, get ready for a world of fun with this Lanikai uke. It's an addicting instrument that can be taken anywhere. If you can play one uke you can play them all. With the easy playability, and included instruction booklet written by Mary Lou Dempler, you will be playing songs in no time at all.

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

FEATURES
  • 4 strings
  • Tenor size
  • Nato top, back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and bridge
  • Scale: 17.25"
  • Neck joint on 14th fret
  • 19 frets
  • Nut width: 35mm
  • Belcat UK2000 Electronics
  • Volume, tone controls
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware

One of Lanikai's most popular and affordable models with that sweet Hawaiian sound.

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LanikaiLU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele
 
4.2

(based on 15 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Good Instrument

I am a drummer and sax player, went to UNC in Greeley for ed and performance degree. This is my first stringed instrument. I am enjoying the tenor ukulele. I'm going to buy...Read complete review

I am a drummer and sax player, went to UNC in Greeley for ed and performance degree. This is my first stringed instrument. I am enjoying the tenor ukulele. I'm going to buy a baritone, such a wonderful sound those make too. Having a uke with a pickup is IMHO the only way to go since I use the ukulele as a hand drum at time and the internals have all that great sound in it. I can see where the wood was cut prematurely as there are little tiny breaks and chips right on the edges which annoys me - it's such brittle thin wood - also the fret board has a lot of flaws in it, but I like flawed instruments, gives me a partner to travel with. I'm not used to buying instruments under $5K. The E string does not stay in the same wave. The other 3 do. I pluck the E string and I can hear it go up and down in pitch just a little, so can my digital tuner, it's off 1 to 5 cents. So intonation will be an issue if using a condenser mic with high level input on a non-accompanied piece. Takes at least two weeks to get the strings broken in. I think it has a beautiful warm sound once its in tune - I only wish I had learned this when I was younger; check out youtube video's to see and hear it's musicality. Have fun with it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lanikai - Makes Me Sad :(

Guitarist for a few decades getting my first uke. I don't have the luxury of hitting a uke
filled shop as I work a 3rd shift, and live far from one,...Read complete review

Guitarist for a few decades getting my first uke. I don't have the luxury of hitting a uke
filled shop as I work a 3rd shift, and live far from one, so I relied heavily on reviews and
tried to stick to my budget of 200 US dollars for one. I'd have gone 100 higher than that if the features REALLY spoke to me. I wanted an electric in case I needed
it for jam sessions.

The Lanikai was reviewed favorably on musician's friend.

Mine had issues both in quality control and in general. No sustain. It's like someone has a compressor / limiter on it, cranked. Low acoustic volume. From a production standpoint the G string would not be picked up by the horrible
amplification system which I found odd. The rest of the strings were amplified ok but had a strong plucky sound and was not
at all pleasing through the PA system. Borderline worthless for plugging in regardless of eq tweaking. The fretboard edge on the G string side was in dire need of sanding, from the 8th fret up. The action was deplorable. It held tune comically bad in my opinion even for nylon strings. The wood? Wow. NATO ("eastern mahogany," lol) must mean garbage in some foreign land. I realized going in it wasn't a high quality wood and was ok with that, but it was far worse than any type of cheap wood or laminate I've ever experienced. I'm not a fan of returning items and not being an experienced uke guy I wasn't sure if my instincts from guitar were creating unrealistic expectations. Well, I got the Chinese made Cordoba 20TM-CE instead (basically same price point) and was blown away. The mahogany (I guess this is "western mahogany?" hehe) felt like a fine baseball bat wood in comparison to the Lanikai. Very solid with better weight. It had great action. It held tune 100x better. Nice sustain. Louder despite the cutaway. The electronics sound great. It looks nicer. Just a night and day difference for only a few bucks more.

The most important thing here for a new uke player, and in my case very relevant, is: Had I kept the Lanikai, and even had all its flaws fixed by a luthier, I'd have not been inspired to play. It didn't excite me. It felt like a poorly made toy. But with the Cordoba I will often be inspired to pick it up. It feels so nice in your hand by comparison. I now "get" what players mean when they call the uke addicting. In my opinion anyone praising this model hasn't tried the Cordoba.
on paper it has all you'd want to get into ukulele
there is much better out there for the features. The NATO wood is truly a new low in cheap woods for me. The eletronics are horrendous. This feels like a cheap toy
ok value if the quality would have been at least on an ok level

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(15 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Lanikai - Makes Me Sad :(

By Chaplin

from My house

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

Guitarist for a few decades getting my first uke. I don't have the luxury of hitting a uke
filled shop as I work a 3rd shift, and live far from one, so I relied heavily on reviews and
tried to stick to my budget of 200 US dollars for one. I'd have gone 100 higher than that if the features REALLY spoke to me. I wanted an electric in case I needed
it for jam sessions.

The Lanikai was reviewed favorably on musician's friend.

Mine had issues both in quality control and in general. No sustain. It's like someone has a compressor / limiter on it, cranked. Low acoustic volume. From a production standpoint the G string would not be picked up by the horrible
amplification system which I found odd. The rest of the strings were amplified ok but had a strong plucky sound and was not
at all pleasing through the PA system. Borderline worthless for plugging in regardless of eq tweaking. The fretboard edge on the G string side was in dire need of sanding, from the 8th fret up. The action was deplorable. It held tune comically bad in my opinion even for nylon strings. The wood? Wow. NATO ("eastern mahogany," lol) must mean garbage in some foreign land. I realized going in it wasn't a high quality wood and was ok with that, but it was far worse than any type of cheap wood or laminate I've ever experienced. I'm not a fan of returning items and not being an experienced uke guy I wasn't sure if my instincts from guitar were creating unrealistic expectations. Well, I got the Chinese made Cordoba 20TM-CE instead (basically same price point) and was blown away. The mahogany (I guess this is "western mahogany?" hehe) felt like a fine baseball bat wood in comparison to the Lanikai. Very solid with better weight. It had great action. It held tune 100x better. Nice sustain. Louder despite the cutaway. The electronics sound great. It looks nicer. Just a night and day difference for only a few bucks more.

The most important thing here for a new uke player, and in my case very relevant, is: Had I kept the Lanikai, and even had all its flaws fixed by a luthier, I'd have not been inspired to play. It didn't excite me. It felt like a poorly made toy. But with the Cordoba I will often be inspired to pick it up. It feels so nice in your hand by comparison. I now "get" what players mean when they call the uke addicting. In my opinion anyone praising this model hasn't tried the Cordoba.
on paper it has all you'd want to get into ukulele
there is much better out there for the features. The NATO wood is truly a new low in cheap woods for me. The eletronics are horrendous. This feels like a cheap toy
ok value if the quality would have been at least on an ok level

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good workhorse

By Heather Stearns

from Washington

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Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

I bought this ukulele because I needed one to plug in for my live shows. First, the not so good:

The intonation on this instrument (out of the box) was not very good, due to a poor fitting saddle -- however, a thin cardboard shim on the front side of the saddle fixed it. The instrument now has perfect intonation. Also, the internal electrical guts tend to buzz/rattle a bit when you play. I had to tighten up the zip tie holding the wires to get it to quit being so loud, but it is still noticeable when playing acoustically. After playing it for several months, I've gotten so I can ignore it, but it drives my husband nuts when I practice...

That said, it is a solidly made instrument! It's not exceptionally pretty as wood choice goes (I graffitied mine with sharpies to give it some 'flair'), but it plays nicely, the tuners are good quality, and it has decent resonance (for having wires and electrical guts cluttering up the soundbox, lol). It has a nice, rich, throaty tone; very well-rounded for those who aren't a fan of super "bright" ukes. With a set of "low G" aquila strings, she sounds wonderful. As far as the electronics go, the piezo pickup doesn't give a true representation of the instrument's sound but it's passable, however, the adjustment panel gives you a fair amount of control over things (treble/bass controls, as well as a volume). I have played several 2-3 hour shows with this uke and I still have not had to replace the 9 volt battery.
I would not hesitate to recommend this ukulele to the gigging musician looking for a decent acoustic-electric uke at a friendly price point. This instrument is a workhorse! If you're looking for a thoroughbred, however, this one might not be for you.
The electrical guts buzz

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive Instrument

By OGRocker

from Iowa

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Pros

  • Sparkling Clarity
  • Well made
  • Wonderful Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Can Do It All
    • Performing
    • Practicing

    Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

    I'm a guitar guy and this is my second uke. I like the first one, a soprano, but it feels too small and toylike. I ordered the LU-21TE to get a more serious instrument. When I took this out of the box I inspected it closely for any blemishes or signs of shoddy workmanship. There's alot of blems showing up on the internet and I wanted first rate quality. There were no flaws to be found. I gave the action, neck, and bridge a careful look and was satisfied with what I saw, the set-up looked pretty good. I tuned and started to play. My only previous experience with a uke, as I said, was a soprano, supposedly in the low to mid-grade range. This tenor was producing beautiful music. The resonance and projection were more than I expected from the small size. The notes weren't just clear and brilliant, they sparkled and had surprising depth and warmth to them. The frets were accommodating my guitar-trained fingers, but I did have to watch what I was doing as the frets are small. Speaking of frets, they were well dressed and quite smooth, very even. My test drive wasn't quite done. I grabbed a cable, plugged it in and turned it up. WOW!! What I heard was coming from a ukulele. Suddenly I had a whole lot of respect for these small musical instruments, especially the one in my hands. I couldn't put it down. I heard that tenors are the best size for guitar players. I'll second that notion. I heard that Lanikai gives alot of bang for your buck. That just might be an understatement. If you're looking at one of these ukuleles, look no further. This one has what it takes and can take you far.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice but...

    By flacoclef

    from Puerto Rico

    Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

    I ordered one of these Lanikai LU-21TE and it is a nice instrument. Very well built. Excellent sound, nice strings. Very comfortable to play.The Belcat electronics are very clear and punchy. The battery is super easy to change. On the bad side: It has minor flaws like traces of glue on the fingerboard, unpolished frets, or uneven frets. Things easily fixable.Butmy real concern is that mine got here with the wood broken by the preamp controls. It seems as if the hole was too little and they pressed on too hard. When I ordered a second one, guess what?Broken! In the same place.It was super weird, because I'd never seen a review of anyone mentioning this. But, things happen.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it!!!

    By FlyGuyTy92

    from Chittenango, NY

    Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

    Ok so I'm not by all means a musician but I've come from a large family of them and I've wanted to start learning an instrument for quite some time but lifes been crazy and I haven't been able. So a few years back my parents got me an Ephiphone EJ-200 artist edition acoustic guitar, I never really got around to leaning it but recently I got inerested in the uke and decided to sell my guitar to get one, tonight I got an offer from my brothers friend my guitar and strap for this uke and a gig bag. All I have to say is I love it!!! Great sound, great action, super easy to learn on and I can finally say I'm addicted to playing it hence why I'm writing this at 6:30 am, I've been up all night playing it. Truly amazing and I'd recommend it to any and every one!!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Good Instrument

    By Fattire

    from Littleton, CO

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

        I am a drummer and sax player, went to UNC in Greeley for ed and performance degree. This is my first stringed instrument. I am enjoying the tenor ukulele. I'm going to buy a baritone, such a wonderful sound those make too. Having a uke with a pickup is IMHO the only way to go since I use the ukulele as a hand drum at time and the internals have all that great sound in it. I can see where the wood was cut prematurely as there are little tiny breaks and chips right on the edges which annoys me - it's such brittle thin wood - also the fret board has a lot of flaws in it, but I like flawed instruments, gives me a partner to travel with. I'm not used to buying instruments under $5K. The E string does not stay in the same wave. The other 3 do. I pluck the E string and I can hear it go up and down in pitch just a little, so can my digital tuner, it's off 1 to 5 cents. So intonation will be an issue if using a condenser mic with high level input on a non-accompanied piece. Takes at least two weeks to get the strings broken in. I think it has a beautiful warm sound once its in tune - I only wish I had learned this when I was younger; check out youtube video's to see and hear it's musicality. Have fun with it!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lovin' it so far....

        By NewUker2010

        from Central Illinois

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        Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

        Have toyed with the idea of a Uke for a long time. As a guitar player who'd dabbled in the mandolin a little, I opted for the tenor size, as I'd had trouble making my fat fingers work on small fretboards. The tone of this instrument is great and fretting's a breeze. After some web searching for some easy chord sheets I'm tearing it up on Christmas carols, standards, etc. Great value for the money. Sounds great plugged into acoustic amp. Glad I sprung for the one with the pickup. Highly recommend this one!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding

        By Bob from CTH

        from Amherst, NH

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        Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

        I am fortunate enough to own several high end ukes--I do prefer the tenor size. This uke, for the money, is the absolute best value I have found. The uke stays right on pitch has better than average intonation and the tone is better than anything else I have found in its price range. The electronics are an added bonus--I am using this particular uke for the alternate "lower" G tuning with Aquilla strings, try it--you'll like it.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding Ukulele

        By Josh R.

        from Pocatello, ID

        Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

        I've had this uke for about two years now and it's still a thrill every time I play it. It fits well in your arms and is easy to hold. The sound is amazing and it still has the original strings. I've played in shows with it and have gotten many compliments on the clear sound. I definitely recommend it!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quality

        By tweedledee

        from Salt Lake City, UT

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        Comments about Lanikai LU-21TE Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele:

        This ukulele sounds great unplugged or plugged in. One thing i wish it had was a strap clip since it is a tenor and kind of big. Other than that, for this price, it's flawless.

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