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    Default Lanikai Concert Ukulele advice

    Hello everyone. I've been clunking around for the past week on my kids' Amahi Soprano Ukulele. As an Upright Bass player, I've quickly realized I need a larger Uke to learn on. My work (local truck driver) has Safety Points where you can buy things through their website (supplied from Best Buy). There is a Lanikai - All Solid 4-String Concert Ukulele - Mahogany that I could get and have been looking at. Model Number: GTSMASC. I can't find much about this Ukulele. Does anyone know anything about it or maybe be able to point me in the right direction, as I'm brand to the Ukulele world. I will include the link below for reference.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lanikai...?skuId=6289322

    Since these are safety points, it has to be through their website, unfortunately. Is this a good Ukulele? Thanks.

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    I have a Lanikai Concert Koa that I really like.
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    Cool! So this should be a good Ukulele for a beginner to learn on?

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    In my opinion, yes. Hopefully others will come along with their thoughts, too . . .
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    The strap buttons and walnut fingerboard tell me this is a newer Lanikai, likely a 2018 model. Lanikai basically dumped their entire line and started making them like this just over a year ago.

    I haven't played one in person; many of the former Lanikai dealers I used to visit no longer carry the brand.

    I own three older Lanikai ukuleles, the entry level soprano and baritone models, and the Spruce/Koa Tenor UkeSB, which I love because it records directly into my iPad. All three are great ukuleles; they aren't my best, but they aren't bad.

    The knock on Lanikai was that they were a little overbuilt; as a bit of history, the brand used to be owned by Horner, and then was sold to KHS.

    The new models introduced at NAMM this year looked nice; again, I'd want to play them.

    If you're getting the ukulele for free, it is a solid mahogany ukulele, it is concert scale (just a little larger than soprano), and it comes with a gig bag and a lifetime warranty (I think that's a new development with the new models). It may still be overbuilt, but for a starter ukulele, this is much better than the average instrument someone will start with. And if it doesn't work out, you can always sell it for some cash later--but a ukulele will be lucky to get 60% of its original value upon resale.

    As it is solid, however, if you are in a dry or cold climate, you'll want to learn about how to humidify your ukulele.
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    Just a follow up. My new Ukulele arrived and I love it! The tone is so beautiful! Now to learn how to play this thing.

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    Congrats! Enjoy the learning!
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    Congrats on your new baby!
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