Laka VUS50 by Vintage Ukulele Review -
This is a mahogany soprano with a rosewood fingerboard and a nut
and saddle made out of "Graphtech Nubone" which is claimed to bring
out the bass frequencies. Graphtech has a great reputation in the
guitar world, so we'll take their word for it here as we don't have
one without a Nubone nut to compare it with - but whatever the
reason, the Laka sounds pretty good!
Fitted into the side of this uke is a whacking great big LCD
tuner which shows your tuning progress not just by the virtual
needle, but by changing colour too. It is very accurate and
visible, but I think a tad too visible. It's enormous. That would
be valuable if you were gigging this uke, but as it doesn't have a
pickup you're unlikely to take it to the stage and I felt a more
compact unit would have been a more practical option. Having said
all of that, it is a surprisingly inexpensive instrument, and for
the money we maybe ought to be grateful for getting any kind of
tuning implement at all! The frets on our sample were well finished
and the tone is more than adequate for a small soprano body. The
logo is carved into the headstock, which makes a refreshing change
from a transfer (decal), and it really captures the "fun" element
that is what the uke is all about.
In order to produce an instrument at this price, some corners
just need to be cut but Vintage have cut the right ones here and
produced a very nice instrument for the money.
Check out the full review of the Laka VUS50 by Vintage
Ukulele by John Howlett featured in Issue 15
Guitar Interactive Magazine.