First off,I want to tip my flapper/pirate wench hat to the Luna company for calling this what it actually is: a 6 string ukulele. Not a mini guitar,or guitalele as some uke purists would attempt to label it.....but a ukulele,plain & simple.
My initial surprise was at the size of this thing. My Yamaha is much smaller-it falls somewhere in between a concert & tenor size uke. The Luna? It's a little over 31" in length....slightly bigger than the usual baritone. The scale length is 20" and it sports 19 frets on it's stunning walnut fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Dots are also on the side of the neck,making navigation effortless.
The mahogany body and neck are simply beautiful. The C shaped neck is nice and thin making more complicated chord forms & melodies easy to play- especially for those with petite hands. The action is low,making playing very comfortable indeed.
This instrument packs a lovely rich tone and packs a lot of volume. The intonation is great. the tribal design is sooooo cool!
It has open machine heads that are very smooth. The tuner buttons are a bit small,in my personal opinion,for this size uke,but they work,and that's what counts.
I'd like to see folks start taking their 6 strings to workshops and uke jams. To bust another myth put forth by 4 string purists is you'd need to take both a 4 & 6 string to a uke fest to be able to participate. Not so. Take your 6 along and simply don't play the two lower strings in 4 string uke workshops. Easy as pie.
Bear in mind this will be equivalent to playing a uke in G tuning with a low G. To hit the higher G as it's needed in melodies here & there,simply fret the 2nd string at the 3rd fret instead of hitting the 4th string open.
For those with the misguided opinion that fingerboards on 6 string models are too dinky to play more complex stuff,this will blow that idea clear out the water. Fingerpicking blues as well as playing classical is a delight on this.
Two friendly suggestions for the Luna company would be to put a strap button at the bottom of the instrument and to include a gig bag with it. Looks like I'll be shopping for a baritone gig bag for mine.
I'd like to ask my 6 string playin' readers is to start requesting classes/workshops for the 6 string uke at fests and other gatherings. Email upcoming uke fests and ask for these classes! I get the feeling that those who run uke fests may be unaware of it's popularity,or possibly turning a blind eye to it altogether-although this is my personal opinion. ;-)