Lanikai Tuna Uke: Ukulele Window Shopping

Lanikai have come up with Tuna Ukes as a way of improving the intonation of ukuleles. They have little slidey-doos on the bridge you can adjust. Take a look at Music Guy Mike showing one off at NAMM. I can see them causing more problems than they solve though.

One of these days I’m going to cave in an spend way too much money on a Martin: Martin 3K, Style 2, Martin Tiple.

Kiwaya are getting in on the slimline travel ukulele trend but it’s clear that the next stage of development is the walking cane ukulele.

Lute style ukulele.

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  1. Kyle February 10th, 2012 6:22 pm

    Oh my, loving the cane! Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer needs to get that. :P

    I’m going to blow a ton of cash some day on a Martin 5k – that, or I’ll get Moore Bettah to make me a replica.

    Music Guy Mike looks thin… is that down to his own diet or his illness? :( Hope he gets well soon.

  2. Dan February 10th, 2012 6:59 pm

    I’m glad Music Guy Mike is still alive! He looks alright.

    Those nice vintage Martins make me want to reach for my wallet.

  3. Dan February 10th, 2012 11:39 pm

    That should have been “He looks alright!” :) I’m glad he is healthy enough to go to NAMM.

  4. pepamahina February 11th, 2012 2:16 am

    What exactly is it that the “slidey-doos” are supposed to doo?

  5. Gael February 11th, 2012 11:21 pm

    You can tuna uke, but you can’t tuna fish.

    HAHAHA :)

  6. Ron Hale February 11th, 2012 11:50 pm

    Well, I’ve just started using a cane (4-point quad version) to get about, Al. This is after 13 months of using a crutch along with it. So, I’d like to see a walking cane uke.

    Hand me down my walking cane. Just call me “No knees.” But all I get is a Macy’s ad on a generic page.

    Relating this to the uke…Jake played downtown Napa just last night (Fri., Feb 10), but I wasn’t up to it. That’s three shows in just over a year now I’ve missed. Plus once before I played. Plus once when I had no idea who he was.

    Not up for the uke fest just up the road a few miles, either. Not that I’m a uke fest person.

    I still have no idea what people are carrying on about when they go on and on and on about intonation. Guess you can call me “Tin ears,” too.

    Just tune the thing and it’s good enough for me.
    Hey, it’s only a ukulele.

  7. Hank February 12th, 2012 6:38 pm

    Reminds me of the bridge on my Epiphone. The Tuna-Matic? :)

  8. Woodshed February 13th, 2012 10:07 pm

    Kyle and Dan: It’s a good sign that he made it to NAMM at least.

    pepamahina: They make small adjustments to the intonation so the notes are more in tune high up the neck.

    Gael: Groan!

    Ron: At least that we’re not uke fest people.

    Hank: Yeah, this sort of thing has been around on other instruments.

  9. Eleanore February 20th, 2012 9:07 am

    Hi! I just got my first proper ukulele on Saturday. I had an Ashton that I bought from eBay, but my parents came to visit me at Uni and got me an Ashbury. :O I’ve never played a nicer string instrument! Now that I can play on every fret (my old ukulele used to make me dread anything an the first and second frets because you had to press down so hard), I’ve been browsing this site (where I actually learned to play from, thanks so much for that, by the way. <3), and I found that you had Concerning Hobbits in the rag bag. Are you ever going to finish it, do you think? Thanks again, though. :) I actually love this site. I never comment because I'm a bit of a lurker, but I really appreciate it. :) I have your For Dummies book too. That really helped when I was buying my proper uke. :D

  10. Woodshed February 24th, 2012 4:12 pm

    Eleanore: Sorry, I think that’s as finished as it’s going to get. Thanks very much for the kind words!

  11. Eleanore February 24th, 2012 4:15 pm

    What a shame! Thank you so much, anyway. :) You are all a real inspiration.

  12. freackykit February 26th, 2012 8:14 pm

    Am I the only one fickile or daft enough to actually like the walking cane uke?

  13. Woodshed February 27th, 2012 1:43 pm

    freakykit: I quite like it too.

  14. Jack Brown February 27th, 2012 10:23 pm

    Those Martins are sure expensive….I tell you though I broke down and bought a Kamaka finally. I looked around for a few months and finally found one close to me for $900. Long story short I talked the guy down to $600 so it was a pretty good deal since there is nothing wrong with it and it has the original case. I also have a new Lanikai concert electric/acoustic and the crazy thing is that my little kamaka is about 10x louder than it! But if you dont have a kamaka I would recommend getting a hold of one. They are very nice and sound beautiful.

  15. Woodshed February 27th, 2012 11:41 pm

    Jack: Excellent deal! Congrats on the new uke.

  16. martin scolnick June 8th, 2014 10:28 pm

    Lanikai Tuna Uke: “I can see them causing more problems than they solve though” Can you be specific? I’ve been playing for 1 yr. Started with a crappy Concert instrument, now using a Tuna Concert and am very pleased. I feared that the white thingies in the saddle would get loose when strings were changed, so I made pencil marks, but the mini saddles stayed in place. As far as I can tell, the factory settings provide perfect intonation.

  17. Woodshed June 9th, 2014 7:58 am

    martin: The small moving parts made me nervous about their durability.

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