Lanikai LU-8 Ukulele

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If you’re looking for an 8-string ukulele, I wouldn’t go for one any cheaper than this one by Lanikai. There are 8 string ukes with a dolphin motif around that are very cheap. But I’ve had two people tell me that they bought these and the bridge was ripped off them.

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Lanikai LU-8 – $199.00
Lanikai LU-8E (electric) – $249.00


Size: Tenor 8-String
Construction: Nato (laminated) top, sides, and back
Fretboard: Rosewood
Frets: 18
Tuners: Inline Gold with Pearl
Binding: Multiple


  1. C January 13th, 2012 9:18 am

    This was my first ukulele and I absolutely adore it. To be fair, my nephew (the more experienced uke player) had the same model and I decided when the time came, I wouldn’t settle for anything less than the 8-string Lanikai. At only $20 more than the acoustic alone, I got the electric option too. Found it on Ebay for $240, free shipping! That’s 50.00 cheaper than anywhere else on the net that I could find. I highly recommend this ukulele…

  2. Dave July 8th, 2014 12:27 am

    I bought the Lu-8e for something different from my high G 4 string Royal. At first I wasn’t entirely happy with the 8 string sound. I thought it was my style and that I would get better over time. I am a reasonable player. After a year or so I removed the high strings and I now have a low G tenor uke with electric pick up. I I know….I could have just bought a 4 string tenor to begin with. But this actually sounds really good.

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