Ukuleles for Everyone!
When I bought my first ukulele, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into… having never played a string instrument, I wasn't sure what to expect. Was it going to be difficult to learn - tricky to play in-tune? How do you "strum", anyway?
Luckily I'd done a lot of looking around, and bought a Lanikai LU-21T Tenor Ukulele. Lanikai makes top-notch ukes, and their LU-21 series start at $89.95 (available in soprano, concert, tenor and baritone) meaning my first foray into ukulele-land wasn't going to break the bank. But the Lanikai tenor is no toy; the machine heads are of surprisingly high quality making it easy to tune (and after a few days, it stayed pretty well in tune all on its own, with minor adjustments) the nato laminate body is easy on the eyes, and the sound is rich, resonant and mellow.
Within minutes I was playing simple songs - within days (and with the addition of a great capo) I could pretty much pick out any song I wanted, while occasionally referring to a chord chart. We also carry some great beginner methods, such as James Hill & Chalmers Doane's You Can Play Ukulele Today! (great for younger learners) and Jumpin' Jim's Tips & Tunes (I'll be covering methods more in my next blog).
In addition to the excellent Lanikai ukuleles, we also carry the complete line of fabulously multi-coloured Diamond Head ukuleles (soprano only) starting at $39.95.
Sandwiched between the Diamond Head and the Lanikai are the Kohala ukuleles (available in soprano, concert, tenor and baritone, starting at $53.50) which are actually made by Lanikai (though they don't feature the fabulous Nylgut strings which come standard on all Lanikai ukes).
No matter what your budget or colour preference, we've got a uke for you!