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Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele

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  • Soprano Size
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  • Has 12 Frets
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Product Details

Style Name: Ukulele
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 6.6 x 2.4 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001EL6I8W
  • Item model number: LU-21
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 2, 2008

Product Description

Style: Ukulele

Product Description

Just learning to play the uke? Wanting a quality instrument, at a nice price? Well well well, you've found it! The LU-21 offers an awesome sound, thanks to its all-nato body and its rosewood fingerboard. It's a warm, sweet sound you're going to love. This ukulele is built to last, too. That's a good thing! You'll want to take this baby everywhere you go. Don't wait around trying to find a better deal on a first uke than this one, get the LU-21 ukulele!

Amazon.com Product Description

Celebrate a place where heaven meets the ocean when you strum on this soprano ukulele (model LU-21) from Lanikai's LU series--one of its most popular and affordable ukuleles. Offering a classic, sweet island sound, it's a great choice for first-time players or for acoustic multi-instrumentalists looking to expand their tonal palette.

Lanikai LU-21 Ukulele

The LU-21 uses nato wood for top, back and side construction and rosewood for its fret board. Reddish nato wood, also known as eastern mahogany, is often used in more affordable guitars and ukuleles and offers many of the same acoustic properties as mahogany. This package includes an instruction booklet that will guide into a lifelong enjoyment of this instrument.

Specifications

  • Size: Standard
  • Scale length: 14 inches
  • Width at nut: 1.375 inches
  • Top construction: Nato
  • Back/side construction: Nato
  • Fret board construction: Rosewood
  • Frets: 12
  • Machines: Chrome/ivoroid geared
  • Binding: White

Ukulele History

The Ukulele is actually the descendant of a four-stringed musical instrument known as the machête or, less accurately, the braguinha from the Portuguese island of Madeira. There are many theories about how the ukulele got its name. The two most-circulated stories include one about an English army officer, Edward Purvis, who became quite adept at playing the machête. Because he was small and sprightly (as opposed to the markedly larger frames of the Hawaiians), he was nicknamed "Ukulele," which in Hawaiian means "jumping flea" (also translated as "bouncing Flea" or "leaping flea"). A more literal theory likens the fingers of an accomplished player flying nimbly up and down the fretboard of the machête to the movement of "jumping fleas."

Customer Reviews

The sound is great and it's nice looking.
Ann
I recommend this to anyone who is beginning and isn't sure they want to buy one of the amazing and high quality ukuleles.
Zachary Henry
The strings are great, but in the beginning it takes a bit to get the strings to stay in tune.
rogelyosep

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By rogelyosep on August 13, 2009
Style Name: Ukulele
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.
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By koba22 on June 15, 2009
Style Name: Ukulele
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.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kitchen on April 18, 2009
Style Name: Ukulele
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!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Woodcock on August 24, 2010
Style Name: Ukulele Verified Purchase
Pay no attention to the comments about tuning issues. Those people have never played synthetic gut strings. A little hand stretching takes care of it from falling out of tune. But anyway, now for my review. I bought this because I have wanted a uke for years, but every time I have been around uke players they all had handmade koa ukes and I just wasn't looking to spend 500-2300 on an instrument that I always thought was a toy with musical capabilities. I have had this Uke for 36 hours and I couldn't have been more wrong. Don't expect a handmade quality instrument for under 60 bucks and you will be pleasantly surprised. As an avid guitar player for the last 15 years, I find the action, sound and enjoyability of playing all to be 4-5 stars. It's just so friggin cute and playing chord progressions for songs I know on the guitar and translating them using my trusty uke chord guide(google is great) I have been able to pick out soprano versions of my favorite songs on this, and it actually sounds good. It has been less than 2 days since this little guy showed up at my house and I am already looking into getting my next. I am that happy with the performance and fun of the instrument. Honestly, the only flaw I have found with it, is that it is not finished as well as I am used to(bumps in the lacquer, sides don't match with the top evenly in some places). But I wouldn't expect a 60 dollar instrument to have the same craftsmanship as my Taylor guitars....So if you want to get your foot in the door and fall head over heels in love with playing uke, you can't go wrong with this lanakai.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Michael on January 12, 2010
Style Name: Ukulele
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.

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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,

-Michael
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Consumer on June 2, 2011
Style Name: Ukulele Verified Purchase
I received two of these. One plays well and sounds great. The other has a string that pops out of place (nut groove not deep enough and or neck out of alignment), it has a tinny sound compared to the other, when the two are placed back to back this one's neck is off center by about a quarter of an inch, there is a cut in the white binding on the back near the neck, and the fretboard has a finish with some cosmetic flaws.

It's hard to say if LU-21's are good or bad. If I only ordered one and it was the good one that showed up, I'd be happy. If I only got the bad one, I'd never give a Lanikai a second consideration. As it stands, I hope to get a replacement shipped and end up with two good ones. I really wonder about the factory tolerances when there is such a difference between two supposedly identical items.

Is a Lanikai LU-21 any good? - I guess it depends on your luck of the draw.

EDIT - It's pretty clear to me these things are mass produced junk with poor quality control and manufacturing tolerances. I received my third one today. It's a piece of crap too. The G string won't stay in tune. It keeps going flat. Over a period of about three minutes, I made almost a full revolution of the tuning peg trying to chase the in tune G. I tried stretching the string, leaving it alone, and tuned it back over an over again. It keeps going flat within a minute. The fretboard is all dried out and has whitish smears on it. The frets stick out and grab my fingers when I try to move them down the neck. There are a couple of gouges that were filled in with a much darker putty before sanding the head. The back of the neck had a poor blend of the two pieces that were glued together to make it.

So, I have three LU-21's. One of them sounds good.
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