The New Mainland Ukulele

My beautiful new Mainland ukulele

My ukulele arrived today, and it’s more beautiful than I expected.  I had thought the ropework was a solid color, but it actually looks like thin layers of wood sandwiched together.

The gloss finish is beautiful!  I can’t find any imperfections in it.  And Mike at Mainland Ukes set it up perfectly for me.  The intonation is perfect.

I’m thrilled.  But I have a LOT of work ahead of me to make it sing like the guy playing Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head in my previous post!  🙂

Beautiful gloss finish!

Mainland Uke head

Closeup of rope inlay

Nice low action

The Lanikai Arrived

Lanikai ragged sound hole

The Lanikai ukulele arrived today.  I was really disappointed in the lack of quality.  You can see in the picture to the left that the sound hole has ragged edges.  There was a big blob of glue on the side of the third fret.  The finish had a couple of spots in it.  The action is too high and the intonation is slightly off.  I imagine a good music shop could fix those problems, but I had already decided to return it and order a better quality instrument.  After seeing it in person, I am reassured that I made the right decision.

A blob of glue on the side of the third fret of the Lanikai

I contacted Mike at Mainland Uke today and he assured me that the action and intonation on his Classic Mahogany Concert model will be right before he ships it.

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