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RobinUke
03-08-2009, 03:39 AM
Hey everyone!
I'm going to buy a new ukulele and i'm wondering which ukulele is the best between the Kala KA-KT( cutaway) and the lanikai CK-TEQ ?
I know that kala is a brand which only makes ukulele while Lanikai belongs to the brand Honer ( which products several different instruments ) . Therefore , I ask you to tell me which brand provides the best quality.
For the moment , I would rather buy the Lanikai ( I saw a 320 dollars one on Guitaronline.com with free shipping ( I live in France)).
Please help me ! Thanx !

Captain Google
03-08-2009, 03:45 AM
Since you want it the most, get the Lanikai. You can always get the Kala later.

grappler
03-08-2009, 04:16 AM
i think you should get a lanakai =]

Uke Republic
03-08-2009, 04:17 AM
Mon ami, Kala would be my biased opinion.

generem
03-08-2009, 05:35 AM
I have tried both models and with the standard strings, I thought the Kala sounded better and louder but the Lanakai has a pick up so you cant really go wrong with either one. I liked them both

Good luck

Oswegan
03-08-2009, 06:40 AM
I would by Kala over Lanikai having owned both. The solid Kalas sound really nice. For example there is a ka-asmt on eBay now for 208. Even though it has no pickup it is a beautiful sounding uke and a screaming deal. For me the biggest concern with active pickups is the cheap consumer electronics drilled into the side of the instrument. For that reason I personally would choose a passive pickup or no pickup at all. Just my opinion.

Lori
03-08-2009, 07:28 AM
I would by Kala over Lanikai having owned both. The solid Kalas sound really nice. For example there is a ka-asmt on eBay now for 208. Even though it has no pickup it is a beautiful sounding uke and a screaming deal. For me the biggest concern with active pickups is the cheap consumer electronics drilled into the side of the instrument. For that reason I personally would choose a passive pickup or no pickup at all. Just my opinion.

I hope you can see in-person a ukulele like the one you are buying. Those pickups with the controls on the outside are dull plastic. I personally am bothered by the application of those plastic parts on a beautiful wood grained instrument. Passive pick-ups are almost invisible, and can be added to most any ukulele (as far as I know).

Get the one you think you would be the most excited about owning. You will play more if you have that emotional attachment to pick it up and play 10 times a day.

I have the Kala Mango Tenor, and love the way it looks as much as the way it sounds. I find myself picking it up a dozen times during the day, and practicing songs (work has been a bit slow lately).

–Lori:music:

Hogger
03-08-2009, 07:30 AM
I just ordered the Lanikai after I tried a bunch of different ukes at Bob's in Waikiki. I thought the Lanikai sounded a little better than the Kala, but everyone has different ears.
Keep looking around, I found the CK-TEQ for $279 with free shipping.

Oswegan
03-08-2009, 07:51 AM
I personally am bothered by the application of those plastic parts on a beautiful wood grained instrument. Passive pick-ups are almost invisible, and can be added to most any ukulele (as far as I know).

I totally agree - a great example is a K-1 Kanilea that is on eBay right now selling well below its value because there is now a big hole in the side of it from a broken plastic preamp for which the owner couldn't find a replacement. I think that if you put cheap Chinese electronics in an instrument then there is a chance there won't be an exact replacement available when it breaks.

This is solely a personal opinion and in no way meant to offend those who own instruments with plastic preamps drilled into the side - I am sure many of them sound great! :shaka:

DoodlesMcDeezleLippy
03-08-2009, 09:50 AM
I say if either has a solid top get that one, otherwise if they seem relatively the same get the Lanikai since you like it better

nikolo727
03-08-2009, 10:20 AM
i have a ck-teq and i absolutely love it. jake shimabukuro just signed mine last night at his show lol! the only thing i dont like about it is the pick-up system. i wish it was an under the saddle pickup and the hole is in the wrong place too. as for quality in the two instruments, they are both sturdy, and either one would be great, just look at where the pickups are on both of them and decide which one you like better.

Hobgoblin Steve
03-08-2009, 03:08 PM
personally I like the Lanikai. I have a Kala and the Ck-teq, and I really like the CK.
and it looks purty too!

RobinUke
03-09-2009, 10:11 AM
Thank you for all your answers !
I think I'm gonna choose the Lanikai !
And If you know an online shop which sells it for about 280-300$ with an international free shipping I'll be grateful to you !
Tank you all ! :shaka:

Pippin
03-09-2009, 10:23 AM
i have a ck-teq and i absolutely love it. jake shimabukuro just signed mine last night at his show lol! the only thing i dont like about it is the pick-up system. i wish it was an under the saddle pickup and the hole is in the wrong place too. as for quality in the two instruments, they are both sturdy, and either one would be great, just look at where the pickups are on both of them and decide which one you like better.

I just want to say, great picture.

Hogger
03-09-2009, 12:27 PM
Nobody seems to have the Lanikai in stock. I've checked all over the web. They are all predicting a March 23 arrival date, and are $279 to $299.

I tried Music123, Woodwind and Brasswind, and Musicians Friend, plus a bunch of other shops. I ended up ordering from Musicians Friend, now I just have to wait...:(

Captain Google
03-09-2009, 01:02 PM
Nobody seems to have the Lanikai in stock. I've checked all over the web. They are all predicting a March 23 arrival date, and are $279 to $299.

I tried Music123, Woodwind and Brasswind, and Musicians Friend, plus a bunch of other shops. I ended up ordering from Musicians Friend, now I just have to wait...:(

Welcome to the world of Delivery Anticipation Syndrome. :cool:

It's hittin' me pretty hard right now, waiting for my Kala baritone.

mmanalo
03-09-2009, 08:28 PM
Check ebay


nobody seems to have the lanikai in stock. I've checked all over the web. They are all predicting a march 23 arrival date, and are $279 to $299.

I tried music123, woodwind and brasswind, and musicians friend, plus a bunch of other shops. I ended up ordering from musicians friend, now i just have to wait...:(

Hogger
03-10-2009, 09:03 AM
Ya, I've been watching ebay, and scanning some of the craigslist sites.

Oswegan
03-10-2009, 11:16 AM
There's a guy selling one on this forum in Ukulele Marketplace right now. CK-TEQ right?

Hogger
03-10-2009, 01:29 PM
Yes there is, but it's 2 years old, and for $15 or $20 more I can get a brand new one.

RobinUke
03-15-2009, 02:15 AM
Hey ,
The guitarhotline.com Ck-TEQ is very appealing but i've a problem with it .
Indeed , they sell it 320 dollar with free shipping but when you look at the photo it doesn't have the same pickup as the one on the official Lanikai website .Moreover , it isn't situated on the same place .
Therefore , i'd like you to tell me if it's an old version of this uke , or even , if it's a genuine one ?!:cool:
Mahalo !!
:shaka:

PickNStrum
03-15-2009, 07:57 AM
Lanikai's look pretty but don't sound nearly as good as the Kala brand. Of couse this depends on the model you're choosing. With all the chinese instruments however I would disregard what it looks like and go for the best sound for the buck. Save your money for a more beautiful and better sounding locally made instrument later such as Koaloha, Koolau, Gsting etc...

RobinUke
03-19-2009, 07:37 AM
:confused:
Please ! reply !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek:
Besides , I own a Greg Bennett concert Uke , will the Lanikai CK-TEQ have a better tone ? Is it a lot better than the Greg Bennett ?
:shaka:

Hogger
03-19-2009, 01:10 PM
I know that just about everyone is out of stock on the CK-TEQ. Plus I know you can find them alot cheaper than $320. Music123 and Musiciansfriend will have them 3-23-09 for $279 w/ free shipping.
Not sure about the pickup, but it's possible Lanikai made a swap. My baritone has a UK2000 pickup, and all the new ones advertise a Shadow 3. Although I ended up buying the used TEQ on here, it's 2 years old and has the Shadow 3.

SuperSecretBETA
03-19-2009, 04:53 PM
I would think, for that price, you'd be looking into a solid mahogany (Kala, Hamano, Ohana, Mainland) instead of a laminated koa, but of course, I'm not the one buying.

On your question about the picture of the pickup on guitarhotline and the picture of the pickup on lanikaiukes, the pickup on guitarhotline seems to just be a generic stock photo of a pickup because it's the exact same pickup picture on the mahogany. In fact, the photo of the CK-TEQ doesn't even look like a glossy finish. I would email guitarhotline to see if they can send you actual pictures of the one they would send if you were to buy one.

RobinUke
03-20-2009, 06:52 AM
Originally it's not a gloss finish uke:old:

TIN510671GUAM
03-20-2009, 07:29 AM
I have the LANIKAI and i love it...its the loudest uke out of my 4..louder than the kamaka...with aquila strings it sounds awesome...heres how it sounds hooked up to a LINE6 AMP with REVERB... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPbwcS38lro

carpekd
03-20-2009, 07:31 AM
I've never played a lanikai, but I absolutely love my kala

Hogger
03-20-2009, 10:00 AM
My TEQ just showed up. I love it, even better than I remember from the test drives.
Thanks Del, and nice playing Justin.

ukudele
03-20-2009, 11:00 AM
Glad you like her bud, she deserves a good home. hope all was in order.

RobinUke
03-21-2009, 01:22 AM
THANKS YOU! :worship:
I took all your advice in account and I'm gonna save for the Kala KA-KT-CT including a solid top ! :cheers: