LKP-C, List Price: $259.99
SMP-CCA, List Price: $519.99
Lanakai Ukuleles run the gamut from beginner’s packages to professional, concert-ready instruments. On the beginner’s end, the LKP-C Koa Concert Ukulele Pack includes everything you need to start playing right away. A gig bag, instruction book, and tuner are included with this beautiful ukulele. Complete with gold-plated tuners, abalone rosette, and rosewood fingerboard, this ukulele looks more expensive than it is. Often, beginner’s instruments are somewhat difficult to play, due to the neck, or action of the strings, but not with the LKP-C. The wide neck is comfortable, with excellent playability, and is especially helpful when transitioning from the guitar. On the other end of the Lanakai spectrum is the SMP-CCA. The finish on this ukulele is gorgeous, and like the previous uke, it sounds fantastic. Solid monkeypod (it’s a type of wood) top, back and sides provide great resonance, projection and tone. Gold-plated Grover tuners also enhance the look of this naturally beautiful instrument. The SMP-CCA includes a rosewood fingerboard and binding, but adds single cutaway, for access to all of its 19 frets. For instances when more than a little projection is needed, included is a Fishman Sonitone pickup, with controls for bass, treble and volume.