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Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele   

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With its solid monkey pod body, Lanikai's SMP-CCA concert ukulele has incredible projection with an exotic and enviable appearance. Gold-plated Grove...Read More

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Exotic monkey pod body and Fishman technology provide a performance-driven concert ukulele.

With its solid monkey pod body, Lanikai's SMP-CCA concert ukulele has incredible projection with an exotic and enviable appearance. Gold-plated Grover tuning machines ensure long hours of stress-free strumming.

The acoustic-electric concert uke produces clear ukulele tone, with more projection than the standard soprano body. It's ideal for on-stage performance”whether rhythmic strumming, or working out some inspired melodies, the projection and clarity of this Lanikai ukulele is significant.

Unadorned by synthetic enhancements, this series captures the pure essence and beauty of the natural world. The Lanikai Exotic Series features a solid top, back, and sides, slotted headstock, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, maple and rosewood skunk stripe and an ovangkol neck. A custom wide bone nut was used to increase the string spacing, making this acoustic-electric ukulele more comfortable for guitarists who are expanding their sonic palette with a Lanikai uke. And thanks to the cutaway design, you have comfortable access to the instrument's entire fretboard at your fingertips.

This acoustic-electric ukulele comes equipped with a Fishman Sonitone undersaddle pickup, and a Sonicore preamp. The amplification is clear and powerful, with slider controls for treble, bass, and volume. Battery replacement is quick and effortless with the easily accessible compartment.

With the easy playability, and included instruction booklet written by renowned ukulele instructor Mary Lou Dempler, you will be playing in a matter of minutes. If you have never played ukulele before, get ready for a world of fun. The ukulele is an addicting instrument that can, and will be, taken everywhere. If you can play one ukulele you can play them all.

This Lanikai SMP-CCA concert ukulele is strung with Aquila Nylgut strings.

FEATURES
  • 4-string cutaway concert body
  • Solid monkey pod body
  • 15" scale
  • Ovangkol neck
  • Rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • 19 frets
  • 37mm nut width
  • Fishman Sonitone undersaddle pickup
  • Fishman Sonicore preamp
  • Gold-plated Grover tuners
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Natural finish
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LanikaiSMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele
 
3.6

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Great product at an amazing price!

By The Artful Dodger

from Portland, Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

      I wanted to add a classic ukulele sound to my studio and this purchase has been excellent so far. The Fishman pickups are phenomenal and really capture the sound of the instrument. I don't need an external mic!

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      5.0

      Should have bought two of them, nice.

      By nope

      from Omaha Nebraska

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

        nice product.

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        4.0

        It is my first Uke. Sounds great

        By HarveyHarp

        from New Orleans

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • electronics sound great
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

            There was not paperwork on the electronics. Intonation is off, which I will have to figure out how to fix

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Had crack from screw holding battery door plate. Returned.

            By nnn

            from Hemet, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

            N/A

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Great looks, poor workmanship

            By Bowtie Frankie

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Neck Too Thick
              • Poor Tone Quality
              • Poor Workmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

                The neck on this instrument is too thick for comfort and the workmanship is sub-standard. This is the second Lanikai I buy, and both are hard to play.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Uke

                By Picky Buyer

                from Detroit Rock City

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Bright Tone
                • Good intonation
                • Light weight
                • Nice finish

                Cons

                • Headstock A Bit Thick
                • Perhaps A Bit Fragile

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

                  I recently added this Lanikai to my stable of ukes (yes, I suffer from UAI - ukulele acquisition syndrome), and am very pleased with it. Right out of the box, the action was nice and low. Beautiful wood, cut thin for great "sparkle" and projection. The satin finish is very thin, which some will argue is better for tone. A few tweaks were necessary to get it to my complete liking. All the edges around the body, the headstock and the nut felt a little sharp, so I radiused them slightly with a small rubber sanding block. I filed a few fret ends that felt rough, and deepened the nut slots a bit to lower the strings at the nut. I then went over the whole uke with 0000 steel wool, particularly smoothing the back of the neck. It is a wonderful, bright-sounding uke. The monkey pod wood (solid wood everywhere) is beautifully grained and figured. The uke is not as fancily adorned with inlays as some others in the price range. As noted earlier, the wood cut thin for resonance. If anything, it may be a bit fragile. As is typical of slotted headstocks, it is a bit thick in order to mount the Grover tuning machines. The neck is a bit thicker and wider than some other concert-sized ukes, which makes it easier to finger with my big hands. The electronics are a nice bonus, but I haven't tried them. The cutaway body is cool looking, but not really that functional as the frets are really close together that high on the neck. Definitely a 5-star uke, but I gave I 4 because of all the tweaking I had to do to perfect it.

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                  4.0

                  Try it, you'll like it!

                  By Doc K

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Aquila Strings
                  • Attractive
                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Grover Tuners

                  Cons

                  • No Knob For Strap
                  • No Paper On Electronics
                  • Sharp Edges To Knut
                  • Sharp Edges To Nut
                  • Sharp Ends To Fret Wires

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

                    Playing for 2 years.
                    To my ear, good on projection, resonance, sustain and intonation.
                    Very bright sound.
                    Only 4 stars because I plan on spending a long time finding my 5 star uke.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet Monkey Pod Tone

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                    By BilySpit

                    from Southern California

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Good Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Practicing
                      • Uke Jamming

                      Comments about Lanikai SMP-CCA Solid Monkey Pod Concert Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:

                      This Uke was purchased just for fun, but, it is a really sweet sounding instrument & mine has very nice intonation. Not all uke's are created equal, I say this having just played about 20 different ukulele's at the 2015 NAMM show including one that would cover about 8 months of my mortgage! This particular model has a couple of great things going for it. 1) Tone, Tone, Tone! A very musical, sweet tone. In fairness I haven't plugged it in yet (I've owned it for over a year) so I can't comment on that. 2) It looks really cool. I was in the market for a monkey pod uke for sentimental reasons, but, other than some of the gorgeous koa wood models out there this one is very nice to look at. It is very lightly finished with an extremely light varnish, the grain is still very open and visible (in fact it might not be varnished at all - maybe oil or wax rubbed?) I don't use the cutout for actually playing, just for fooling around when I pretend to solo, but it looks really cool. 3) The instrument is very playable - I don't find myself fighting the frets or having to work too hard to get good contact with the neck. So far I am really pleased with my Lanikai!

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