Lanikai SMP-C Solid Monkey Pod Concert Ukulele
- Concert Sized
- Solid Zebrawood Top, Back, and Sides
- Slotted Headstock with Gold Plated Grover Tuning Machines
- Custom Wide Bone Nut
- Ovangkol Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard
With its exotic body wood, the Lanikai SMP-C Concert Ukulele serves up unique uke tone. You get smooth playability from the SMP-C's bound rosewood fingerboard, while the instruments's geared tuners give you great tuning stability. You'll love monkey pod's distinctive natural resonance and tone. Factor in the uke's beautiful natural finish - accented by gold-plated Grover tuners - and you've got yourself a ukulele that looks as good as it sounds: the Lanikai SMP-C.
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I've spent about an hour noodling about on it and more time checking it very carefully for any sign of a defect. I couldn't find anything wrong, although there is a tiny bit of residual glue on two sides of the bridge.
I'm no expert. I've had an inexpensive Oscar Schmidt OU4 Tenor ukulele for over a year, and lately I've found myself playing around with it more than all my guitars and drums combined. The main difference, aside from build quality and stuff, between my OU4 and this SMP-C is the distance between frets. This early in the game, I find myself stretching my fingers too far and playing some clunkers. With the distance so short, too, you've got to find the sweet spot between frets. If you're not in the precisely correct spot, you're going to pollute the air.
But I love it. Right out of the box, it's perfectly playable. I had to tune it, of course, but intonating it was no problem. Unlike one of the other reviewers, I have no fret buzz at all.
It's really pretty, too. That was, honestly, part of why I bought it. Aesthetics matter to me. This is a well-built piece of gear that -- with the solid wood -- should only sound better as time goes on.
Oh yeah ... this listing states that the body is zebrawood. It's not. It's monkeypod, a tree that's pretty common in Hawaii.