Lanikai Solid Zebrawood (Tenor)
Resonance is the most vital factor when it comes to serious playing on any stringed instrument, the ukulele included. If you’re looking at getting a ukulele for the purpose of purely having something pretty to hold, this Lanikai Zebrawood is a good choice, as it is undoubtedly very attractive. That’s why it’s part of Lanikai’s Exotic Range. However, going back to the serious players, resonance has always been confused as coming from the strings you have, but that’s only the small part of it. Resonance really comes from the wood that’s used to construct your ukelele, and how the combination of wood used resonate together producing your instruments unique voice. The density of the wood is where the sound is derived from, and the tone and volume depends on the amount of vibrations on the top, which goes back to how flexible the type of wood used is to allow the top to vibrate more freely. Bottom line is, it’s better to get more solid wood rather than the thin, lacquered and flimsy types of wood, if you’re looking for quality sound.
The Lanikai Solid Zebrawood Tenor ukulele has its top, back and sides crated from solid zebrawood, which is both reasonably dense and reasonably pretty. It comes with an ovangkol neck and a rosewood fingerboard, with a maple and rosewood skunk stripe. This tenor-sized ukulele, has a slotted headstock with gold plated Grover tuning machines. It is strung with premium Aquila Nylon Catgut strings from Italy, and has a customized wide bone nut for wider string spacing, which makes the playing experience a lot easier and a lot more guitar-like.
Now if you’re a beginner, and you would like to learn on this ukulele, there is an instruction booklet from the famed ukulele instructor Mary Lou Dempler included, which will teach you how to pluck and strum a tune within a day.
The Lanikai Solid Zebrawood Tenor is priced at $425.00.