So, the night before I went on a little mini-vacation to Wisconsin, I got my 6-string Aquila string set in the mail. So, I strung up my new OU-26T 6-String Tenor Ukulele so I could show you guys how it sounds with the proper strings on there. I think you'll agree that the sound differences between my 6-string tenor uke and my low-G tenor uke are pretty dang dramatic!
If I don't seem as perky in this video, it's because my wife and two boys had been gone for over a week at this point. So, if you have kids, then you know how that goes. It's like 2-3 days of late nights, beer, bad movies and video games and then the rest of the days are spent moping around the house. I honestly missed the sound of the boys screaming at each other. Heh.
Also, I'd thank you to not look up my shorts during the whole video.
So, I had an e-mail this morning from a person looking for an 8-string Tenor Ukulele. They weren't having an easy time searching my site for such a uke. Well, I could see why. I pretty much just list Ukuleles by Brand. That is... I did. Until today!
So, now if you are looking to buy (or maybe just look at some pretty pictures of) different types and sizes of Ukuleles, then check out these new sections on the site.
Let me know if you think I'm missing a section. I actually created a section for Tiple Ukuleles as well, but there was only one listed, so I didn't add that to the my Navigation on the side. So, if you are looking for a new Ukulele, hopefully this makes your quest even easier.
I've never seen a Lanikai SM-T Tenor Ukulele before. In fact, I'll go one further and say that I've never seen a spalted mango ukulele before. I love it! But, what does it sound like? Well, I did some searching on Youtube and found this video of a guy playing a Lanikai Spalted Mango Ukulele, but I couldn't verify the model.
This ebay auction for a Lanikai SM-T pretty much just got listed, so keep your eyes on it.
I honestly think that I'm not exaggerating. I do believe that this is the prettiest ukulele I have ever seen. The inlays are incredible! I was just wandering through eBay while I was drinking a cup of tea (I'm freaking still getting over this cold) when I see this MAKANI SURF TENOR UKULELE FULL KOA CUSTOM by Kazu Mori.
Reading the auction notes, this ukulele looks to be custom built by Kazu Mori. Apparently Kazu's father is a master builder himself. The wood is Koa and there are beautiful inlays all over this thing. Check out the surfer near the sound hole. Also, there are abalone fret markers and the neck is bound in ebony? Dang! Unless I hit the lottery, I'm going to have to live with just looking at the pictures. But, the pictures are so pretty that I might be able to live with that. Also, if I did own this thing I'd almost be afraid to touch it, let alone play it. It's like skateboarding on the roof of the Sistine Chapel or something.
So, this morning I headed over to Musician's Friend to see what was on clearance. Oftentimes their ukulele deals don't get the big splash that their other specials get, but it's still worth the search because sometimes you find something really special. For example, today I found this
Lanikai LU-21TE Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele Rosewood Fretboard.
It's only $99.99 and that includes free shipping! Also, there are 10 reviews and the average rating is 4 1/2 stars! Someone was just asking me, on Twitter, about good deals on Tenor ukuleles. Well, this is it! You need this one!
From the product description:
The Lanikai Tenor Ukulele features Shadow electronics for rich, amplified tone. It has Nato top, back, and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge with die-cast geared tuners and binding on the top.
Lanikai ukuleles including the LU-21TE uke, have great playability, sound, and aesthetics at a price that will surprise you.
I, personally, own a Lanikai tenor acoustic-electric and I love. But, I'm pretty sure I paid $399 for mine. Dang!
Update: Some of the reviews of the pick-up in this ukulele aren't especially favorable, which is weird because the overall ratings are very high. But, I think this is boiling down to price. It's a little bit tricky to find a tenor acoustic/electric ukulele for under $200. The other Lanikai model that hits this price point is the Lanikai S-TEQ.
But at $189, it's nearly double the price of the Lanikai LU-21TE over at Musician's Friend. Also, after doing some reading, I believe that it uses the same pick as the LU-21TE, so it might not be the best way to spend your extra $99.
To make it more confusing, if you want to spend a little bit more, you could get the exact ukulele that I own, the Lanikai CK-TEQ.
Now, I know that $279 is a lot of money, but it's only $90 more than the Lanikai S-TEQ, albeit it's $180 more than the Lanikai LU-21TE. I've owned my CK-TEQ for something like 5 years and I play it almost every day. I love it to death! So, I'm not sure if that makes your decision any easier, but it looks like the world isn't exactly overrun with budget acoustic-electric ukuleles. And, that's unfortunate. I can tell you that the CK-TEQ doesn't use the same pickup system as the other two ukuleles. Mine uses a 9-volt battery, and not a watch battery and I don't have any complaints with it. I like the sound I get out of it when I go into an amp or PA.
Anyway, I wish you the best on your acoustic-electric tenor ukulele purchases. It might be time to talk to Santa, right?
So, a friend of mine is really into Travis Bean guitars. You might even say he's obsessed. But, it makes sense, they are beautifully made custom guitars. So, I get to thinking, what's the ukulele equivalent of a Travis Bean? You know what I mean? Let's say I hit the lottery and I want to buy a fantastic NEW ukulele. Who is making those? Who are the ukulele master craftsmen?
Well, I'm not sure I have the definitive answer, but I definitely think ASD Hawaii is in the running for the title. Here's a snippet from their webpage:
one look and you will see a difference in ASD ukueles. ASD ukuleles are different. but they are not different for the sake of being different. instead, as form should follow function, so does the design of ASD ukuleles. each component of the ukulele has been purposely designed to maximize sound quality and playing comfort. ASD ukuleles are created differently in both sight and sound and may change your preconceptions about ukuleles.
Well.. I certainly like the sound of that. I did some searching on eBay and found this beautiful Tenor Ukulele that they make. It's like a work of art!
I can honestly say that I've never seen a ukulele body shaped like this tenor ukulele. Wait, I know what you are wondering. Where is the sound hole? Well, go to the eBay auction page and look at the other thumbnails (I haven't figured out how to link them here, yet). Go ahead... I'll wait. 😉 Pretty cool, right?