More and more I’ve been seeing ukulele references in pop culture; Train’s “Soul Sister”, Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs”, a Tiny Tim reference in Insidious and recently I’ve seen a “Uke Jam” on my local Craigslist.
I knew I wanted to dabble into the uke world, but I had no idea where to start. There’s ukuleles in all shapes, sizes, voice ranges and prices. If I were to put a tag on the LM-T by Lanikai I’d call it the high end budget line of ukes. It sounds as beautiful as it looks, plays great and doesn’t cost a fortune.
The LM-T boasts a solid mahogany top, back, sides and neck and a rosewood fingerboard. The tuning pegs are vintage gold Klusons. Most importantly the uke came with a handy manual on how to get started. The tenor uke is a four stringed instrument tuned GCEA. The manual also showed me some easy chord shapes. Within minutes I was tuned up and already making music.
It helps if you have some basic guitar knowledge. Fretting techniques and strumming patterns are very similar. With a 1.4″ nut width and a 17.25″ scale it was tighter than strumming an acoustic guitar, but nowhere near as cramped as I thought, much easier to play than a mandolin.
Lanikai Ukuleles are distributed by Hohner Inc. and can be purchased straight from the website; http://www.lanikaiukes.com or at many local and online music shops. There are plenty of accessories available; tuners, cases, gig bags, stands etc.
Here’s a quick sound clip to give you an idea of it’s tone. Really listen to the bottom end and midrange this isn’t there on most ukes in it’s price range.
Street Price: $249.00