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Jul 2009

Laka Ukulele by Vintage

HAWAII EIGHT-0... EIGHT NEW LAKA PRO UKULELES GO ON THE MARKET!

ALOHA!
The ukulele resurgence continues unabated, with bands like the superb Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain demonstrating very much the musical potential and serious musical side of the various versions of the ukulele, this new ‘Laka’ series by Vintage is a collection of seriously pro-spec instruments, available in both acoustic and electro-acoustic formats.

Adding extra value to this new Laka series of ukuleles from Vintage is the fact that, to aid instrument tonal resonance and response, the ukes are finished in a tone-friendly open pore satin finish. Additionally, the Laka ukuleles are fitted with premium grade Italian Aquila strings for maximum playing performance and an even, balanced sound. Finally, reinforcing the high-spec nature of these Lakas, the electro-acoustic ukes are fitted with the uke-friendly USA-made Fishman Sonitone preamp systems, a soundhole-mounted style of unit which is totally unobtrusive both visually and physically.

VUS70 LAKA SOPRANO UKULELE
Effectively the ‘standard’ ukulele and the smallest bodied of the family, with the most recognisable uke tone, the soprano uke is the one on which most novices learn. The Laka Soprano Uke is an acoustic model which features a solid mahogany top, with laminated mahogany back and sides. A rosewood fingerboard carries 3mm ‘micro dot’ markers, and check the neat ‘rope binding’ rosette on all the Laka ukes including this soprano one. (Below)

Laka Ukulele by Vintage

VUC70 LAKA CONCERT UKULELE
Physically slightly larger with a 15” scale length than the Soprano’s 13” scale, the Concert is also referred to as an Alto ukulele, with a correspondingly bigger uke sound. The Laka Concert Uke is of an identical spec to the Soprano with a solid mahogany top matched to mahogany back and sides. (Below)
Laka Ukulele by Vintage
VUC80EA LAKA CONCERT CUTAWAY ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC UKULELE
Again a Concert-sized instrument, this version greatly expands the versatility of the uke as an instrument. Here, the solid sitka spruce top is mated to koa back and sides for a different tonal variation from the instrument. Features Grover open gear tuners for improved tuning stability. The cutaway body offers improved upper fret access and being an electro-acoustic, the VUC80EA is fitted with a Fishman Sonitone onboard preamp system. (Below)
Laka Ukulele by Vintage

VUT80EA LAKA TENOR CUTAWAY ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC UKULELE
The Tenor uke is a larger bodied instrument than the Concert, and can sometimes be seen in a variation of string format layouts, with 6 and even 8 string versions available. The cutaway-bodied Laka VUT80EA also offers a solid sitka spruce top, koa back and sides, Grover tuners and Fishman Sonitone system. (Below)

Laka Ukulele by Vintage

VUC90 LAKA CONCERT UKULELE
Boasting a solid koa top and laminated koa body with a mahogany/nato neck, the Grover-equipped VUC90 is a Concert sized acoustic. (Below)
Laka Ukulele by Vintage

VUC90EA LAKA CONCERT CUTAWAY ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC UKULELE
The same solid koa top/koa body construction, this time in a cutaway body format, with Fishman Sonitone preamp. (Below)
Laka Ukulele by Vintage

VUT90 LAKA TENOR UKULELE
Solid koa top, laminate koa back and sides, the big-toned acoustic Tenor-size uke. (Below)

Laka Ukulele by Vintage

VUT90EA LAKA TENOR CUTAWAY ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC UKULELE
The top of the range Laka uke features a solid koa top, with koa back and sides, cutaway body, Grover tuners and Fishman Sonitone preamp. (Below)
Laka Ukulele by Vintage



FISHMAN SONITONE
Designed to meet the needs of Laka ukuleles, the new Fishman Sonitone onboard preamp system features a concealed soundhole-mounted preamp with rotary controls for Volume and Tone. The accompanying Fishman Sonicore pickup comes standard, providing solder-free maintenance with combination battery box and output jack. (Below)