Lanikai Ukulele: KP-B Kanikapila Baritone
by Guitar Guru
”An Affordable Baritone Ukulele With the Beginner in Mind”
A Lanikai KP-B Kanikapila Baritone Ukulele combines the sultry flavors of Hawaii with solid quality construction to bring you a baritone ukulele that you will be proud to own!
Made out of mahogany, this baritone sized ukulele is larger than the ukes that you usually see featured in Hawaiian style music. Thanks to its larger size, however, the KP-B has a sweeter tone than most other baritones thanks to Lanikai’s attention to quality construction and the use of mahogany wood to create the KP-B’s body.
While not a solid top model, this instrument holds its tune fairly well, though it helps if you replace its strings with a better quality of string when you first receive shipment. And while Lanikai’s usually get good reviews, the Kanikapila does not rate as high due to its tendency to buzz a bit, especially on the higher frets.
At only ~$119, the Kanikapila Baritone is hardly expensive. This means that it is a great deal for the beginning player who might not want to spend a great deal on an instrument that they may (or may not) continue playing. And the good news is that the Kanikapila comes with a Kohala Gig bag
as well as a clip-on ukulele tuner and a Kohala instruction book so that you can get started playing the uke faster than you ever thought possible!
Of course if you want an even better sounding uke, you can opt for the Lanikai LU21BE Baritone AE Ukulele
, which holds its tune even better (and sounds even richer!) than the Kanikapila and costs just $30 more! But if you want to keep your costs as close to $100 as possible, then the Lanikai KP-B Kanikapila Baritone Ukulele is definitely a good instrument to start with.
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