Koa Concert

Zebra Wood vs. Monkey Pod Wood?

I am looking at getting a Lanikai Ukulele, and love two similar models that have these woods. What are the differences? Any wood preference?

Hmmm ..... talking different woods is a tricky business; everyone has their own personal preferences - mine are Koa and Mango. If you are going to spend above $300-$400 it sometimes comes down to which one looks better. But aside from the actual looks, these are two different tree species with two different acoustic properties -- they each will sound different even though they are the same size and design. My idea of which sounds "better" would be different from yours.

If you are a beginner, you probably will not notice the difference in sound. And you probably wouldn't notice the difference in sound with their lower end model made of "nato" wood, which is a specialty type of plywood. The "nato" Lanikai ukuleles are probably the best value for a beginner since the plywood does not expand and contract with humidity like a solid wood instrument and they are pretty dang rugged and sound great for around $100.

http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lanikai-LU21T-Tenor-Ukulele?sku=512522

http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lanikai-LU21C-Concert-Ukulele?sku=512521

But Koa is what the best ones in Hawai'i are made of. This is a good deal:

http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lanikai-LKPC-Koa-Concert-Ukulele-Pack?sku=423850

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