View Full Version : New (to me) uke day! Lanikai LU-21TE

04-12-2012, 04:32 PM
Got a barely used LU-21TE, great condition, looks nice, makes me happy.

One thing I did learn (and it caused me some concern for a while) is that a stereo jack will not close the battery circuit so no output unless you use a mono jack. But that is no problem and I am having fun!

One thing is that the sound is far brighter than my Dolphin, and I thought I would have a mellower sound with the tenor. I suppose that is the strings. I do not know what kind came on this but I presume factory standard.

Can anyone recommend a warmer, more mellow set of strings?

04-14-2012, 06:19 AM
Can anyone tell me about the strings? Thanks

04-14-2012, 07:13 AM
Congrats on your new Uke Pootsie. Lanikai uses aquilas out of the factory. I'm not sure which type of aquilas though.

Have fun and happy strummin

04-14-2012, 08:19 AM
Thanks, van

04-14-2012, 08:41 AM
Nice uke! I have the non-electric version and love it.
You could try worth strings. They seem a tad mellower.

04-14-2012, 06:55 PM
Thank you philxbx.

Anyone else know of a suggestion to mellow the sound?

04-14-2012, 06:58 PM
I agree with philxbx. Worth strings are mellow.

04-14-2012, 08:08 PM
Merci beaucoup!

The brown ones, right?

Can anyone please suggest a good seller to go through?

04-14-2012, 08:22 PM
Actually I use the clears. KoAloha ukulele carries a full selection of them. You'll have to call them to ask though, as they don't list them on their website. In addition, my strings are low 'g'. That's another choice for you. I think that makes for a really mellow sound.

04-14-2012, 08:24 PM
By the way, are you close to Columbus? That would put us about 2 hours apart via US 23!

04-15-2012, 07:14 AM
Yup, Columbus.
Thanks for input

04-15-2012, 05:51 PM
It's nice to "meet" somebody fairly close to home here in the forums! Happy strummings!!

04-15-2012, 10:11 PM
well done. That's my uke. I like her a lot. I've got a little Rolan amp that suits her we;;. Mines been well used and starting to show a few marks now.
I'm a thrasher and really just strum (I have to have a bit of oomph in my sound because I play rhythm in a duo with a soloist who uses a pick.
I've tried Aquilas - liked them but didn't like it when they changed to the new bio nylons - thought they were a bit dull.
D'Daddario (J53 I think) - nice bright tone but for me didn't "ring"
have Worth clears now which are lovely, chiming strings but probably a bit lihght for my style. Would be perfect for a more acoustic, finger picking style.
I think I'll try the D'Daddario titanium strings next.
Or maybe I should start playing with a pick........................

04-16-2012, 05:00 AM
Ta, Ron!

Does anyone else have a thought on wamer-sounding strings?