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    Default Another solid-body contender

    These look interesting:

    http://lanikaiukuleles.com/product/m...tenor-ukulele/

    Anyone has tried one of these, or the mango top version?
    In order of purchase:

    Blackbird Tenor
    Blackbird Clara
    Boat Paddle A-style tenor (spruce/walnut)
    Pono TE Mango Deluxe
    Koaloha KTM-00-R
    Kinnard Series 2 tenor (cedar/Honduran rosewood)
    Barron River custom tenor (Huon pine/Aussie Blackwood)
    Outdoor tenor in Bottle Brown
    Outdoor tenor in Camouflage

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    Depends on the quality of the piezo they used.

    It appears to be a passive electric with volume knob (no tone knob).

    A win if they used a high quality piezo.
    A loss if they used the same crappy and often unbalanced piezo that comes on their standard acoustic electrics.

    Either way, if I was to get one, I would open it up to see what type they used. I would replace the undersaddle if they used the crappy variety.

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    Deluxe Handwired Single Piezo w/ Volume
    It's deluxe. It's handwired. How could it be crappy?
    For $700 it better not be.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    It's deluxe. It's handwired. How could it be crappy?
    For $700 it better not be.
    Every piezo is "handwired". A factory worker has to fit it into the instrument and plug/solder it onto the endpin jack.. by hand.

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    Looks like the street price will be more like $600 but I don't see any available yet. That's $100 cheaper than the Pono equivalent. I'll be interested to see a side by side comparison, but I can tell you what my intuition says.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    wow! who'd a thunk? I can see Ponos days are numbered.

    I personally don't like the look of them any more than I did the Pono. I have to admit I do not like the look of the Pono solids. It's a main reason I went with the Godin when I was buying as I was sure the Pono sound was high quality but sometimes looks plays a deciding factor when other things are fairly equal.
    Last edited by Icelander53; 03-25-2015 at 03:27 AM.

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    Hi guys!

    Just wanted to jump in here. This is one of my favorite ukes we've released, we're very excited about these - we just finished picking out the Koa and Mango wood for the next batch last week, it looks great!

    This uke is made in the USA, not overseas, and does not use the same piezo that we use over there. We use Fishman everything in our China, Indonesia, and Taiwan factories. I'll follow up with a link to the exact model for the Mak's and Rabbit Island (Manana... named after our favorite weekend body surfing spot and the island directly off the bay from it), I remember the brand but the model # escapes me at the moment and I have no problem disclosing information on it or how we install it, if anyone has any further questions.

    The ukes have shipped to our customers, you can preorder one on our site or from Elderly (it says it'll be out in May there, but they will have them next week):

    http://elderly.com/new_instruments/n...od--LMAN-T.htm
    http://elderly.com/new_instruments/n...-b--LMAK-T.htm

    If anyone still has questions or wants more information, you're always welcome to PM me! Further, anyone interested in a review piece is welcome to get in touch and I will send you one to try out. For anyone skeptical of it's quality, this might be a great way to answer your questions.

    Here's a quick video I made that talks about the uke and has a quick sample through a Laney A-1 Acoustic Amp:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhpO6seHf5E

    Thanks for your interest!
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    It looks like a Pono. I still like the Risa LP better. Steel is real.

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    All other things being similar to Pono.. one difference is that Ponos have truss rods

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    Being blunt, I have a hard time sticking "Lanikai" and "$700" together. Perhaps I'm being unfair and/or just haven't played their better quality ukuleles. But my experience has left me with more of a "beginner/value" rather than a "higher end" opinion of Lanikai instruments.

    On the other hand, it is made here in the USA and does look nice.

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