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Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele

4.2 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
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  • Tenor Sized, 18 Frets
  • Includes an easy-to-play rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Includes die-cast tuners for solid tuning, and binding on the top
  • Has aesthetics at a price that will surprise you
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Product Description

The Lu-21T is the best selling Tenor Ukulele offered by Lanikai. With the attention to detail and easy playability it is easy to see why. This handcrafted ukulele is made with Nato wood (otherwise known as Eastern Mahogany) on its 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 in this price point. The LU-21T also comes stocked with die cast tuning machines geared 14/1 for easy tuning. 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. The standard tuning on a Soprano, Concert, and Tenor ukulele is GBEA, and on a Baritone DGBE. If you can play one ukulele you can play them all! With the easy playability, and included instruction booklet written by Mary Lou Dempler you will be playing in a matter of minutes then you’ll see why people are saying Lanikai Makes Me Happy! For more information about this model or Lanikai please visit www.Lanikaiukes.com. For any further queries, please reach out to Lanikai's customer support @ phone: 804-591-3767 | toll free: 1-800-446-6010.

Product Information

Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 26.2 x 9.4 x 3.2 inches
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B001L5U0Y4
Item model number LU-21T
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4.2 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #34,140 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
Date first available at Amazon.com July 10, 2007

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By Elizabeth I. Giehm on February 18, 2010
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Inspired by bands like Beirut and Noah and the Whale I decided I wanted to learn to play ukulele. I bought this one because its the same one Zach Condon of Beirut plays and its a decent price. I am always afraid of being disappointed when I buy things online because pictures sometimes are misleading. Not in this case though; if anything, the picture doesnt do this ukulele justice! Its beautiful, and sounds just as pretty! It even comes with good strings (aquila). 5 stars!
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This is my 3rd Lanikai Uke. I have a soprano and a concert size. I decided to add the tenor to my collection and try playing it with a log G. I know the is a low end instrument and I've heard you get what you pay for and that it is hit or miss with Lanikai. The soprano and concert was excellent sound and shape so I thought I'd order another one. After getting the strings stretched and holding tune it sounded great. I returned it because the quality of the instrument was low. I know this isn't a high end Uke but the fret board was smeared with the frets cut off improperly. The body of the instrument had saw marks that were sanded down before finishing but you could tell it wasn't good enough. The tuning pegs were out of alignment as well. I plan to return it and order from a different vendor.
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Best purchase of 2011. This thing is fun. If you are stuck between soprano, concert, and tenor, and you have bigger hands choose tenor. If you want to pay $100, buy this one. I have not tried the spruce top model, and I don't doubt the sound is great - But as far as I can tell, the LU-21T sounds very good. Out of the box the uke was ready to play. The set up is good - action is not to high. I have not found any buzzing frets or dead notes.

In sum, I am very pleased.
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YouTube made a believer out of me! After discovering the pure joy on the faces of the talented individuals in this video mecca, (Jaaaaaaa, Keonapax, sweetafton53, etc) I decided to purchase an ukulele. I researched and looked at sites and read a multitude of reviews and forums. I decided to go with the tenor size and this one was in the right price range and had the features I wanted.

The binding is nicely done, the tuners work well, it came set up with Aquila Nylgut strings. Nice clear sound to it, cleaner than many I've tried. It holds tuning and I can go for several days without it getting noticeably out of tune, even when I probably get 30 minutes a day on it.

I currently own (in only 6 months!) 5 ukuleles and 2 banjoleles and this is second only to my concert sized Fluke.

The two items I give it a hit on:
1. The wood grain isn't as 'clean' as pictured. I have what almost looks like a spot on the front due to irregularities in the grain. It gives it a bit of character, and no one else is going to confuse it with their instrument, but it wasn't what I expected. If it had been on the back or side, I wouldn't even mention it, but it is right above the sound hole and very noticeable. If you can see the actual instrument you could make your own call, mail order I didn't get a choice.
2. I'd like to have a fret marker on the third fret when starting, but it isn't as important now.
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Not too bad but not excellent either.
I think they shipped it with the saddle cut too low when it should be shipped higher so you have some opportunity to adjust it. After a month of being tuned up the strings started making contact with the frets at the 10th fret. I purchased a Graphtech Tusq saddle and that fixed that issue and brightened the instrument a bit, not much. The instrument is a bit tubby sounding and doesn't produce harmonics very well above the fifth fret. That is just the hefty construction which didn't help much with the neck settling, which will happen.
Not all that cheap and not all that great but certainly good enough for strumming. If you are more ambitious in your playing than just using it for comping go up a level or two for greater playing satisfaction.
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I started playing the Ukulele in April after borrowing one from a friend. I spent some time shopping for one of my own and was trying to decide between a Lanikai and Kala brand instrument. I read other reviews online and finally decided on this Lanikai Tenor.

So far I have been pleased. It took about a week for the instrument to stay in tune for more than 10 minutes at a time, and I was worried it was a faulty instrument. After some reading I discovered it's a natural part of the string stretching process. Since that time, it has done much better.

The instrument itself is good quality and has a decent sound. I sometimes get fret buzz, but that's largely due to my inexperience and improper technique. I would recommend this instrument for any beginner and have had tons of fun learning to play the Ukulele.
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By R. Matsick on August 19, 2013
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Construction is OK. Not the best, not the worse. Tone and intonation are fairly good. I did not know that Hohner co-owned Lanikai otherwise I might have a bought a different brand as Hohner is a brand name which has always been associated with very inexpensive instruments. I bought this for my teenage son and he has really taken to it. My classical guitar teacher also teaches Uke and did some modifications to the nut and bridge to lower the action as it was fairly high. He filed out the lower note strings at the nut and shaved the bridge. It was interesting to discover that when he removed the bridge there was a shim placed underneath it at the factory. Like I said, it's really a Hohner and not a Lanikai otherwise I would have expected higher quality standards.
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