View Full Version : Quality laminate.... baritones or tenors?

11-06-2015, 01:31 PM
I live in Arizona and I prefer laminates for the simple fact that I am lazy and don't want to worry about my ukes cracking. So I've had a few quality laminate ukes over a few years.

The top quality ones, like the Famous ones (FS-5G, FS-1G, FS-0G) that I have are really nice; Famous is Kiwaya's lesser Japanese-only line I believe. The Martin OXK is great too. I've had a Risa solid as well. Also a couple of Flea's. Those are all nice and solid and high-quality, but they're all generally soprano sized.

Is there anything out there in high quality laminate baritones, or tenors? It seems they're all focused on sopranos.

Also, I should mention that I do not like the thicker Flea-like necks/square necks. I prefer them skinnier, more tapered (if that makes sense).

Thanks everyone!

*Edit - I'm well aware of the awesomeness of the Blackbird lineup between the Carbon Fiber Tenor and the Clara Concert. I would love both of those but they're probably just a little too rich for my blood.*

Jim Hanks
11-06-2015, 04:05 PM
I guess "high quality" is relative, but if you want thin necks, I'd say look at the Ohanas like this baritone:

I have a similar tenor version for sale that also includes a (admittedly not so high quality) pickup - see the link in my signature if you're interested.

11-06-2015, 04:07 PM
Koaloha and Kanilea's import lines have pretty nice tenors. not up to Kiwaya standards, but I have an Islander tenor and it;s pretty nice.

11-06-2015, 05:20 PM
If you get a chance to try out an Outdoor Ukulele tenor, that would certainly be a worry free option at less of a price point than the Blackbird. I also like a thinner neck, and the neck on it is fine for me. http://www.outdoorukulele.com/

I also echo the laminate KoAloha KoAlana tenor as another good possibility for you. http://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-by/brand/koaloha/koalana-tenor-kta-0010.html

11-06-2015, 06:51 PM
Thank you - I had forgot about this one as a tenor possibility. Outdoor Uke - in that old school root beer bottle brown looks cool.

And Jim, that seems a good deal on an Ohana baritone... and you get the MIM setup too, which is invaluable.