Lanikai Designer LSM-C Ukulele

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The concert size of Lanikai‘s mahogany ukuleles. For a solid mahogany ukulele, it’s very much on the cheap side.

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Lanikai SM-CE (electric) – $399.99


Size: Concert
Construction: Solid Mahogany top, back, and sides
Fretboard: Ebony
Frets: 19
Tuners:: Gold Geared


  1. Ray Miller November 28th, 2010 12:34 am

    Well, yesterday I bought my first ukulele, an
    LSM-C. The reason I paid $187 is because of its absolutely beautiful and pristine appearance – it is faultless. I figured that I would be more likely to pick it up and play, or just fondle it more frequently than I would if it were less appealing. I have a short attention span at age 76 and need all the help I can get to focus on the task at hand. I was tempted to get a natural Koa model by Cordoba, but it had a satin finish at higher price, and just didn’t have the sophistication of my new Lanikai. If I remember, I’ll report back in a year to let you know if I have conquered this instrument and/or a lady or two. By the way, this milestone in my life is going to be (hopefully) a major chapter in my first best seller auto-biography. Aloha, Ray Miller, or as they call me in Mexico Rey Ray.

  2. Craig March 17th, 2012 7:05 pm

    I have the LSM-C solid mahogany. It’s a beautiful uke. It sounds good, but doesn’t project sound as well as high end ukes. Good parts: For the price, very good intonation down the fretboard. It’s a very sharp looking uke. I didn’t realize how bad the intonation on my laminate Kala was until I bought this uke. Bad parts: Mine came with a buzzing E string and I had to get the fret wires filed down. (neck angle wasn’t right) It didn’t have any fret markers on the top of the neck. Given the price, I just made my own (don’t have to worry about resale value!!!!!) I find the A string (#1) a little too close to the edge of the neck, and sometimes I rolled the string over the edge when I first started playing it, but I got used to this. Given the fact these are mass produced, you might get one wihtout these flaws.

  3. Ed Pilkington December 13th, 2012 3:38 am

    Great buys. I bought two LSM-Cs, one S-C, one S-T and one LSM-T. They are magnificent with the right strings. It tool a year of trying different ones to match the personality of the Ukulele. I also bought at bargain prices on e-bay bidding wisely and was fortunate.

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