Lanikai FM-CET Flamed Maple Cutaway Tenor Electro Ukulele
This is a nice looking, wide-neck tenor ukulele, with a cutaway and Fishman electronics for amplification. The nut width is an ample 37.4mm, making it easier for those with larger fingers to get their chord shapes nice and clean. It looks the part too, with attractive flame maple laminate top, back and sides.
The FM-CET tenor electro is fitted with two durable chrome strap buttons, a Nubone nut and saddle for extra sustain and walnut fingerboard. Walnut looks a little strange of some ukes, but really matches well with the pale body of this instrument. Around the body and the soundhole there's some bloodwood inlay which further enhances the looks.
Supplied with D'addario EJ88 strings which add a little punch to the mix, this Lanikai is a very nice sounding tenor. You need that punch as the overwhelming feature of this ukulele is just how mellow and smooth the sound is. It has a lovely, melty wash of ringing depth to it, while still picking out some good trebles. It is an all laminate model, but works out superior in sound terms to a number of similarly priced solid top models.
The Kula system, by Fishman, is one of the better pre-fitted active pickup systems, and comes equipped with tone and volume controls, together wih a built in tuner.
The package is supplied in a great quality gig bag.