Lanikai LU-21 Standard Ukulele
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71 of 72 found the following review helpful:
Wonderful. Aug 13, 2009
I was skeptical on what ukulele I should get as my first, and I consulted plenty of things: uke owners, reviews and various other things. After plenty of searching, I came to the conclusion of getting this one because it was recommended by uke owners and its reviews were good. It was definitely a good choice. The strings are great, but in the beginning it takes a bit to get the strings to stay in tune. It's such a wonderful tone, and the size is just about right. If you're getting your first uke, I recommend this one.
98 of 103 found the following review helpful:
Great starter Jun 15, 2009
Experienced ukulele players like to bag on the Lanikai, but it's been a great starter ukulele for me. The stock strings (aquila) have excellent play and once you get past the initial couple of days, hold it in tune very well.
It has a classic ukulele sound, but does have a full textured sound (it doesn't sound like a tinny toy).
This is a production model, so there won't be much of a sense of individuality. Every Lanikai LU-21 is the same, and since the solid wood top is made from a wood that lacks much grain, that sense is increased (you better put your name on it if you know you're going to be around other beginners).
The one thing that I don't like much is the tuning pegs. There's a bit of play in them which can get wearisome when you're close to being tuned but are making some fine adjustments.
54 of 59 found the following review helpful:
Amazing Soprano Uke Apr 18, 2009
By Scott Kitchen
After spending two days using a brandless ukulele from a music store, this little baby came in the mail, much to my delight. With Aquila strings, low action, and beautiful craftsmanship, the quality of this product is apparent before even the first strum.
If you're looking to start playing ukulele or are switching from a larger uke, this is the way to go. Love this uke!
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Great first Ukulele Oct 22, 2009
By Michael M. Carvalho
I am very pleased with this purchase. I was looking for a inexpensive Ukulele, but not a cheaply made toy. This model seems solidly constructed and sounds great. I use the Guitar Toolkit app for iPhone and it tunes it perfectly. I usually have to tune it before every time I play it, so if you don't already have a tuner, I'd suggest picking one up with the Ukulele.
I must admit though, I was really caught off guard when I found a "Made In China" sticker on the back. I thought Lanikai was based out of Hawaii, but I guess they outsource the production of their Ukulele's (or maybe just the lower end models) to China.
I'm a lefty, and had no problem flipping the strings. It didn't require filing down anything either.
26 of 28 found the following review helpful:
Tuning your Ukulele Jan 12, 2010
I have the concert model of this Ukulele and love it. The strings do take some time to stretch out. After a few days of playing, they work themselves out. I still tune mine before each session, usually just a little turn here and there.
What I wanted to share was how I tune mine. I don't have a great ear so I got a little clip on tuner. I'm using the Intellitouch PT10. I clip it over the logo on the end of the instrument so it faces me from the back while I'm holding the instrument. All I do is pluck a string, read the note value, make a small adjustment, and repeat. The face of the unit goes from red to green when you reach a whole note. Stock tuning calls for GCEA (from the top down). The G is actually higher than the C and E, but lower than the A. This is called re-entrant tuning. The G, in this case, is the same as the G (3rd from the bottom) of a Guitar.
This whole process takes about 30 seconds and my Ukulele is always in perfect tune.
The tuner uses vibration, rather than sound. This is great as I don't always have a quiet environment to tune in.
Here is a great video on how to tune a Ukulele. He uses a similar tuner in the video.
I'm getting this model Ukulele for my grade school son. He loves mine, but can never get any time on it ;-)
I hope you have as much fun as I,
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