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An affordable and well-built concert ukulele.

The Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele is one of their most popular and affordable ukes. Its sweet sound has a pedigree of choice woods and quality construction. The classic ukulele design and beautiful tonewood are improved with the attention to detail that has made Lanikai a preferred name in ukuleles.

The LU22CGC is just a bit bigger than a soprano ukulele, and smaller than a tenor. This is particularly helpful for performers with larger fingers, and the slightly larger body emits a louder and deeper tone.

The uke is solidly crafted with a mahogany wood top, back, sides and neck for well balanced tone. The rosewood bridge and fretboard add clarity to the notes, and die-cast tuners keep you in tune from song to song.

With gold hardware and a soft satin finish, the Lanikai LU22CGC ukulele will surely turn some heads. You won't believe what kind of beautiful sounds this dynamic and versatile little island is capable of.

FEATURES
  • 4 string
  • Concert body
  • Mahogany body, top and neck
  • 15" scale
  • 14th fret neck joint
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 19 frets
  • 1.735" nut width
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Gold hardware
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LanikaiLU22CGC Concert Ukulele
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Materials, Poor Out of Box state

Overall I'm very happy with this purchase. However, when I first took it out of the box, the instrument was hardly playable. I got this as a sort of lounging around instrument,...Read complete review

Overall I'm very happy with this purchase. However, when I first took it out of the box, the instrument was hardly playable. I got this as a sort of lounging around instrument, so I wasn't expecting much, but the intonation was so off that it could not be used in any fun or practical sense. The string action was set too high so any note you played went off pitch. The strings were also poor quality, way too dark sounding and would not settle into tune even after some good stretching. The instrument was also as dry as a piece of firewood.

Since I'm confident in my guitar fixing capability, I figured that sanding the bridge saddle down would fix the intonation and lower the action at the same time. Take the strings off, and carefully remove the saddle. Once out, use some fine grain sandpaper to slowly whittle it down from the bottom. It's better to be safe than sorry for this and try to err on the side of not sanding it down enough. This is a non reversible destructive procedure so be careful and use a fine ruler to determine how low you can go before the saddle won't clear the bridge slot. My saddle ended up clearing the bridge by about 3mm for a great setup.

To revitalize the body, I stuck some guitar moisturizers inside and taped over the soundhole. I also marinated the every surface in lemon oil as the instrument is entirely unfinished (which is awesome). I let this stand for 2 days in a dark closet before stringing it up with some Martin Florocarbon strings.

After all this, this uke sounds amazing. The materials are all great quality from the tuning hardware to the unfinished mahogany top, back and sides. The sound can be described as warm and soulful, especially when strummed near the neck. It also plays very easily after my action adjustment, and has great intonation.

After some work, I have a really great instrument. Perhaps you will luck out with an instrument that comes in better condition, but if not just put some work into it. Giving this 4 stars despite the shoddy factory state because it really sounds excellent. Now I'm considering investing more into it by installing a pickup of some sort.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

First time ukule owner and player

Sale priced, so I saved ... looks very nice, a little twangy but I guess that is expected in a ukulele, got a set of new nylon clear strings also on sale....Read complete review

Sale priced, so I saved ... looks very nice, a little twangy but I guess that is expected in a ukulele, got a set of new nylon clear strings also on sale. Have ordered from MF for years and always pleased with purchases
Excited to learn to play my ukulele

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Materials, Poor Out of Box state

By SixStringSlinga

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Long Life

Cons

  • Not Consistent

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

Overall I'm very happy with this purchase. However, when I first took it out of the box, the instrument was hardly playable. I got this as a sort of lounging around instrument, so I wasn't expecting much, but the intonation was so off that it could not be used in any fun or practical sense. The string action was set too high so any note you played went off pitch. The strings were also poor quality, way too dark sounding and would not settle into tune even after some good stretching. The instrument was also as dry as a piece of firewood.

Since I'm confident in my guitar fixing capability, I figured that sanding the bridge saddle down would fix the intonation and lower the action at the same time. Take the strings off, and carefully remove the saddle. Once out, use some fine grain sandpaper to slowly whittle it down from the bottom. It's better to be safe than sorry for this and try to err on the side of not sanding it down enough. This is a non reversible destructive procedure so be careful and use a fine ruler to determine how low you can go before the saddle won't clear the bridge slot. My saddle ended up clearing the bridge by about 3mm for a great setup.

To revitalize the body, I stuck some guitar moisturizers inside and taped over the soundhole. I also marinated the every surface in lemon oil as the instrument is entirely unfinished (which is awesome). I let this stand for 2 days in a dark closet before stringing it up with some Martin Florocarbon strings.

After all this, this uke sounds amazing. The materials are all great quality from the tuning hardware to the unfinished mahogany top, back and sides. The sound can be described as warm and soulful, especially when strummed near the neck. It also plays very easily after my action adjustment, and has great intonation.

After some work, I have a really great instrument. Perhaps you will luck out with an instrument that comes in better condition, but if not just put some work into it. Giving this 4 stars despite the shoddy factory state because it really sounds excellent. Now I'm considering investing more into it by installing a pickup of some sort.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Blues Society -Instruments for Kids

By Melody Mic

from Walla Walla Wa

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • We Provide Instruments Fo

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

      Musicians friend has huge selection and choises. We provide instruments to kids that can not afford them. This uke went to a school music class where the kids are learning music.It will get used every day by several young kids.

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't go wrong.

      By cbdann

      from Michigan

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Great Review On Youtube

      Cons

      • No cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Great Uke
      • Practicing

      Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

      This is my first ukulele so I don't know alot about them. I do know that it looks good and sounds very good. This is a better starter uke that you will find anywhere. This uke was made for the Guitar Center and I think its probably a LU-21 C with gold tuners..Check with the Guitar Center..

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great uke for the price. Very fast delivery.

      By Yankee

      from Georgia

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

      I love playing it. It looks good, sounds good, and was a great deal.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      After Jake Shimabukuro's concert

      By Uke Kook

      from Highwood, IL

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

        The library I work at bought ten of these ukes. The reserve list was so long, I decided to buy my own. Thank you for making that possible. I love it!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Uke!

        By Steph

        from Napa, CA

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Pretty

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

          I've been practicing off and on with a similar one for the past year and really liked the ease of the strings and the size is perfect. Now that I have my own, it's been working even better than the one I borrowed.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele

          By Deenoze

          from Honolulu, Hi

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Decent Finish
          • Gold Tuners

          Cons

          • Mass Production
          • Not Koa

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Student
          • Travel

          Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

          Although not Koa, plays well, sounds decent. Not sure about how strong it is or if it will have a long life but its a fun one to travel around with without worrying about busting up a real expensive one.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          First time ukule owner and player

          By debbie

          from NW PA

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

              Sale priced, so I saved ... looks very nice, a little twangy but I guess that is expected in a ukulele, got a set of new nylon clear strings also on sale. Have ordered from MF for years and always pleased with purchases
              Excited to learn to play my ukulele

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Ukelele arrived in perfect condition! Best customer service!

              By Heidi

              from Bluefield WV

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

                Incredible customer service!!! I was given a price match with no problem!!

                 
                5.0

                Easier to hold. Nice sound. Looks like a more expensive uke.

                By Harp Gal

                from Eastern Oregon

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life

                Cons

                • Tuning Head Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Lanikai LU22CGC Concert Ukulele:

                I received this ukulele yesterday. It has a nice voice that I think will mellow with time. The fit and finish is superb. After playing guitar for many years, the ukulele is a nice change. This particular brand was the first ukulele I was introduced to. I like the way it feels in my hands.

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