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kyote
05-26-2013, 10:59 AM
I bought a Lanikai LU-21 off CL about a week ago. I'm wondering where I could have it set up. Also, how much should I expect to pay for this? I was at a local music shop a couple miles away from here, checking out their selection of ukuleles. I asked them if they set them up, and they said there wasn't anything that could be done to them. Thanks.

7warriorlion
05-26-2013, 11:37 AM
David, perhaps if you tell what city you are in then folks could steer you to a possible solution. Cheers

Nickie
05-26-2013, 12:51 PM
Have you tried doing a google search for guitar repairs?

Johnny GDS
05-26-2013, 05:19 PM
Any place that sets up acoustic guitars should easily be able to handle a uke set up. It should cost anywhere from $25 to $40 depending on the needs of the instrument, but I would think closer to the $25 range for a soprano that just needs a little bit of love! It also would depend a little on whether or not the strings were changed at the time of set up, or the same strings were left on.

mm stan
05-26-2013, 07:42 PM
Where do you live first of all...next time pay the extra and go with a seller who does setups free....it may cost more then, but in the long run and getting a setup now will
probally cost as much or more than your uke....big mistake newbies make....but those cheap prices do sound enticing, only thing most are unplayable until you get a set up..
good luck and happy strummings....let us know and keep us informed.....yes pass on the lesson to newbies ahead....

Pondoro
05-27-2013, 03:08 AM
Please don't be offended by this - Do you know that it needs to be set-up? Lanikai had a bad reputation four or five years ago but their factory ukes are much more consistent now than they were in the past. I'm not saying yours does not need some adjustment, just making sure that you know you need a set-up, and didn't just hear that you need one from people on-line.

It sounds like your local music shop knows nothing, or that they simply do not want to be in the set-up business. I recommend finding a ukulele club that meets near you and getting some opinions from the regulars at that group.

kyote
05-27-2013, 03:46 PM
Thanks guys. I'm From Portland, OR. The booklet that came with the uke had a copy write from 2009, so might it be one of the poorly made ones? Did the lesser quality LU-21 come with aquila stings? The strings are black, and fairly thin, compared to the Martin fluorocarbon strings I have on my other uke.

Hikingstevo
05-27-2013, 04:03 PM
What is done to set up a ukulele? I suppose the saddle could be adjusted and the strings changed but what else is done? I've always wondered about that.

Jim Hanks
05-27-2013, 04:05 PM
Well, you said you got it used so sounds like the previous owner has replaced the strings - no telling what they are really although "black and thin" may narrow it down for some of the experts here (Fremont?). You probably can't go by the manual copyright for the date of the uke. As for "one of the poorly made ones" - both my daughters got LU 21 sopranos a couple of years ago brand new for Guitar Center. This was before I got interested in ukes myself recently and learned that these things need set up. Both have quite high action and poor intonation. Frankly, I really can't bear to play them myself in their current state but they don't seem to mind. I'm not trying to make you feel bad about your choice - just trying to relate my own experience. If you can find a local guitar shop to set it up for you, I'm sure it can be greatly improved. If not, you may want to consider reselling it on CL or eBay and get a setup uke from one of the respected vendors on this list. Just an idea.

kyote
05-27-2013, 04:16 PM
Naw, not making me feel bad at all. I got the uke in mint condition, hard to say how much it was played, if at all.

PhilUSAFRet
05-27-2013, 04:22 PM
several threads on UU on how to check the setup on a uke, and how to do one if it needs it. Here's one:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?61309-School-Me-On-Uke-Setup&highlight=checking+setup

kyote
05-27-2013, 07:10 PM
Thank you, PhilUSAFRet!

Pondoro
05-28-2013, 01:41 AM
My worst (of three Lanikais) had thin black strings. TThey did not sound like Fremont blacklines (which I love). Those black strings sounded very bad. Replacing them with Aquilas was a major improvements. As mentioned above the action on that Lanikai was high and I also increased the compensation before that ukes sounded right. One other Lanikai was perfect and the third just had one bad string. So I'd be very tempted to change strings on yours.

Here's a guy who fixed a Lanikai Pineapple and he walks through the entire process:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?79203-Ukulele-Set-up

7warriorlion
05-28-2013, 02:24 PM
Thanks guys. I'm From Portland, OR.
Peghead Guitar Repair - Portland, Oregon
pegheadguitarrepair.com/‎
A full-service guitar repair shop in Portland, Oregon. ... Our job is to build, repair, and setup your instrument to its peak performance, from your father's $4,000 Martin to your mother's $30 ukulele. Let us help your instrument achieve the voice it ...
http://www.bullfrogmusicoregon.com/
http://pacificwindsmusic.com/Instruments/Ukulele/

kyote
05-28-2013, 07:21 PM
My worst (of three Lanikais) had thin black strings. TThey did not sound like Fremont blacklines (which I love). Those black strings sounded very bad. Replacing them with Aquilas was a major improvements. As mentioned above the action on that Lanikai was high and I also increased the compensation before that ukes sounded right. One other Lanikai was perfect and the third just had one bad string. So I'd be very tempted to change strings on yours.

Here's a guy who fixed a Lanikai Pineapple and he walks through the entire process:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?79203-Ukulele-Set-up


I guess I'll try some new strings before anything else. And I'll check out that thread.



Peghead Guitar Repair - Portland, Oregon
pegheadguitarrepair.com/‎
A full-service guitar repair shop in Portland, Oregon. ... Our job is to build, repair, and setup your instrument to its peak performance, from your father's $4,000 Martin to your mother's $30 ukulele. Let us help your instrument achieve the voice it ...
http://www.bullfrogmusicoregon.com/
http://pacificwindsmusic.com/Instruments/Ukulele/


I much appreciate it 7warriorlion!

Karasu
05-30-2013, 07:17 AM
What is done to set up a ukulele? I suppose the saddle could be adjusted and the strings changed but what else is done? I've always wondered about that.

Here you go. A LOT more than you think!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adeFF0nQyzM

7warriorlion
05-30-2013, 09:33 AM
I guess I'll try some new strings before anything else. And I'll check out that thread.





I much appreciate it 7warriorlion!
My pleasure. Good luck to you.
Cheers!

Hikingstevo
05-30-2013, 05:47 PM
Very informative. Thanks for posting

[QUOTE=Karasu;1284523]Here you go. A LOT more than you think!

Ukulele90
06-05-2013, 07:44 AM
I'm a beginner too and I bought a soprano which I like a lot but I just also bought a LU-21C

I'd like to replace the strings when I get the chance but I'd like to talk more about set up or how to test a new UKE or an old one for that manner