Lohanu LU-C Concert Ukulele (Discontinued)
The main feature of the Lohanu that differentiates it from similarly priced concert ukuleles is that it’s made from laminated Sapele as opposed to the more traditional mahogany.
While Sapele isn’t as widely used as other tonewoods, it actually has a tone that’s really similar to mahogany. However, there is a subtle difference between the two, with Sapele having a stronger high-end response. This doesn’t have as much of an impact when Sapele is only used on the back and sides of an instrument, but there is a noticeable difference when Sapele is used on the top. The use of Sapele in this uke gives it a bright character, but it won’t be as trebly as spruce, and it also won’t sound as thin.
Another interesting feature of this uke is that it actually has a slightly arched back. When you arch an instrument’s back it helps to direct the tone outwards further, resulting in improved sound projection.
The hardware of the Lohanu LU-C seems to be in line with what one would expect from a uke in this price range. The bound body and fretboard is a nice addition, as are the pre-installed strap buttons. It also comes with: a gig bag, an extra set of strings, picks, and a tuner.
- Top: Laminate Sapele
- Body: Laminate Sapele
- Neck: Not Specified (Most Likely Mahogany)
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 18
- Extras: Gig Bag, Strap, Tuner, Picks, Strings
Value for money is a common theme among the many positive reviews that the Lohanu LU-C continues to gather. Many are happy with how it sounds, while others commend its playing feel, which many describe as comfortable. Lohanu was also found by us to be the Highest Rated Ukulele Brand by us when we did a study in December 2017.
The usual issues that plague cheap stringed instruments are present, which include minor cosmetic inconsistencies and the use of cheap strings and accessories.
Having said all that, the Lohanu LU-C's reputation makes it very viable for those who are looking to buy a budget friendly entry to mid-tier level ukulele.
Unfortunately the Lohanu LU-C is no longer available, but you can see which alternatives we recommend in our guide to The Best Concert Ukuleles.