Lanikai Custom SM-T Ukulele

3.71/5 (2)

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The SM-T is part of Lanikai‘s more recent move into higher quality, solid wood ukuleles. Spalted mango, because of its striking looks, is becoming an increasingly popular wood to make ukuleles out of.

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Musicguymic playing a song using the Lanikai Custom SM-T Ukulele.

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Size: Tenor
Construction: Solid Spalted Mango top, back, and sides
Fretboard: Rosewood
Frets: 19
Bridge:: Rosewood
Neck:: Flame Mahogany
Tuners:: Gold Gotoh tuning machines


  1. Tom December 5th, 2010 1:54 am

    I love this uke. The wood is strikingly beautiful.. After lowering the action just a bit at the nut, the response and playability is incredible. SM-T is great.

  2. mark December 12th, 2010 12:59 pm

    Anyone else have that same issue with the Lanikai’s? I have an S-TEQ and need to lower at the nut…seems really high. What should I expect to pay to have this done? Any suggestions?

  3. Smitty July 26th, 2011 9:35 pm

    Well worth the money spent. The action for me is about right, any lower and I would get fret buzz. All I plan to do in the future is to install a Mi-Si Pre-amp. I have already dressed it up a bit (Courtesy of Jockomo) and right now couldn’t be happier with the instrument.

  4. Smitty August 16th, 2011 2:37 pm

    I purchased this instrument and upon receipt gave it a close once over with the following impressions/thoughts.
    1. Looking at the grain pattern advertised, I thought mine to be a little plain… until I realized that Spalting made the wood more fragile so mine actually was a better choice. It still looks great.
    2. When compared to my Lanikai LKP-T Tenor Koa, there seemed to be less volume upon playing, but a sweet sound. Tests with a sound meter tended to agree. No problem in that I installed a Mi-Si Acoustic Trio aand now the output does whatever I want it to with NO PROBLEM.

    Am I happy with the purchase… You Bet. For pictures of how I dressed it up a little contact me.

  5. Dantes December 3rd, 2012 9:19 pm

    I bought the Lanikai Custom SM C for its looks basically. And yes, it is beautiful… BUT:
    1. The wood has a lot of seams. After a close look from a luthier, I’ve been told it wouldn’t last. It will eventually crack open.
    I got it on sale, so I don’t regret buying it, but I did have to change a tuner, which came stripped. I am now playing my other ukes during the gigs or at home. This I have it for… well, to show to my guests haha…
    Bottom line: gorgeous uke to show off, the sound is not that great, and the quality… dunno, maybe I had bad luck.

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