Kala Ukulele

Kala Ukuleles are a relatively new ukulele brand, but have made a big impact. They are a great choice for people who want a well-made, quality ukulele at a decent price. They are particularly good for people who are getting more serious about playing the uke and want a quality ukulele without breaking the bank. I have a Kala Lacewood myself and it's one of my favourite ukes. I highly recommend them as a company.

Kala was set up by Mike Upton, who had previously worked for the Hohner musical instrument company.

Kala have recently launched their ultra-cheap Makala ukuleles which have become a firm favorite in the under $50 price range (particularly appealing to kids with their dolphin ukuleles). And at a similar price there's the Kala KA-S.

High profile users of Kala ukuleles include Nevershoutnever's Christofer Drew Ingle, Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Joe Brown (Kala have a Joe Brown signature ukulele) and Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Their website also boasts Julia Nunes as a Kala endorser but I don't remember ever seeing her play one.

On Video

Kirk Shimabukuro (no relation to Jake) demonstrates a Kala KA-T.

On eBay US

On eBay UK

Kala Models

Kala KA-S - Kala's introductory level soprano ukulele.
Kala KA-C - Kala's introductory concert size uke.
Kala KA-T - One of the best places to start in tenor ukuleles.
Kala U-Bass - The size of a baritone ukulele, the range of a bass guitar.
Kala U-Tar - Kala's version of the guitarlele.
Kala Travel Ukulele - Extra thin ukulele for when you want to take your ukeing out on the road.
Kala Acacia - Wood from the koa family at a much lower price.
Kala Spruce - Their spruce top ukuleles are some of the best value solid ukes around.
KA-SC - Solid spruce top ukulele at knock-down price.

Kala KA-MT Mango Tenor Review

I recently took my first trip to the islands with my wife for our fifth anniversary. I knew before departing that I would be returning with a ukulele, though not which of the many makes and models that are available of the noble instrument. Seriously, i've been bit by the flea! And, in a way not at all unlike when a trip to europe many years ago reminded me of one of our other 'grand designs'; the bicycle, to which my childhood attachment had been lost roughly around the time I was old enough to begin driving an automobile.

Anyway, after a bit of internet scouring, I came across a ukulele dealer/collector/enthusiast by the name of Music Guy Mic, who has both a 'real world' store in Kaneohe, as well as a brisk online business, with a huge contingent of buyers via Ebay. I ended up calling and, eventually, (island time!) spoke with him (Musicguymic@aol.com) directly. He, like so many of the islanders I met in the two and half weeks I was there, was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely kind, eventually guiding me into my purchase of a KALA KA-MT Mango Tenor.

As a beginner, I decided that I needn't go into debt on buying one of the superior offerings also available by Kala, or the numerous other companies that he had great understanding, as well as inventory, of. And to his testament, he withheld nothing regarding the origin or nature of construction. While a strikingly attractive instrument with the crazed 'burled' mango top sides and back (with contrasting wood binding), they are, apparently, in fact, a laminate or ply. Most purists hold the notion that this is inferior and most pricing of instruments comparatively will wholly illustrate that belief. But one recent 'perspective' that I was given was that laminates and plys often fair well in climate changes, where solid wood tops and sides can dry and split. I had never considered this, but it is somewhat understandable. A compromise of sorts, perhaps, but one that I can definitely favor.

Prior to shipping, the KA-MT received, as do all instruments sold through MusicGuyMic, an individual setup (including fretwork, if necessary from the factory) and stringing with Aquila premium Nylgut strings. To my 'inexperienced' ear, it sounds wonderful with a nice balance of highs and mids, and has, very importantly, spot on intonation. The new strings took a while to settle in, but the sealed gear tuning machines work wonderfully, and similarly to the 'notion' of many of the 'top end' makers, seem to be found on nearly everything considered to be of professional grade/quality/performance.

The instrument I purchased came as part of a 'package', by design, for the beginner who may wish to 'hit the ground running', i.e., accompanied with a hard-case, pitch-pipe, and the brilliant "Discovering The Ukulele" book by Herb Ohta J. & Daniel Ho. All for a price that was $100.00 less than any other resource I had theretofore come across, and, (here's the kicker) free shipping. I was staying in Volcano Village on the big island for the first week, and made arrangements to receive it there during our stay at a bed and breakfast. in lieu of making a 'preemptive' purchase (in ignorance) and lugging it along, I decided it best to make my pilgrimage and see and speak to people who have generations of understanding with the native instrument. With the option available to me to actually travel to Hawaii, the decision was nearly a no-brainer. For anyone else, I would recommend relying on the help of the many knowledgeable and experienced people out there. The internet is an amazing resource, and the ukulele community seem to be all fine and welcoming. I can't believe that it took me 42 years to get into it, but I'm admittedly obsessed.

As I had said in an email to Musicguymic following my return from the islands: "Just wanted to thank you , again, for making my 'island experience' complete. My purchase kept music in my hands (as well as my head) during my two weeks in Hawaii."

Review by Jason

KALA Kiwi Review

The Kala Kiwi is a member of the Kala Novelty series, and is essentially the 'sister' model to the Pineapple Uke. Aside from being cute as a neon green ukulele could possibly be, it is seriously fun to play. The Kiwi is a soprano sized Uke, measuring in at a petite 21 inches. It comes with geared chrome tuners with pearly white knobs, and a rosewood fingerboard. The fret wires are finished smoothly, and did not require any fine tuning with a file to make them less 'catchy' and more functional. The Kiwi's finish is a glossy nearly neon kiwi green, with a rather neat silk screen of the interior of a kiwi. Where the white center would be rests the sound hole. Pearly green binding completes the rather neat design.

This Uke is just plain fun to play. It attracts people, and will draw many comments before you even strum a note. Once you begin to play, you can appreciate the rather decent sound it puts out. The Kiwi sounds best at moderate volume-- I've noticed that if you go too loudly, there is a generalized buzz. The stock GHS strings have a pleasant sound, but make sure to look at how they're attached before you initially tune the instrument. Unfortunately, my A string was attached incorrectly at the tuner and popped out during my initial tuning. On a brighter note, this Ukulele is incredibly easy to string (I managed to do it in under 10 minutes after I got some replacement strings, and I never did it before on any stringed instrument). The Kiwi stays in tune rather well, from what I've read about other Ukuleles daily re-tunings are the norm, but this model will take some rather harsh playing without dropping out of tune. The tuners are in a fairly standard position for geared tuners, but I tend to notice they seem to get in the way while attempting some chords. Odds are this is due to my inexperience, but its really nothing that can't be fixed by changing the position of your hand by a few millimeters. The Kiwi's finish is very, VERY glossy and slick, a firm grasp is important if you're standing as this Uke can slide around on you if you're not careful. I've remedied this by putting a small square of foam tape on the bottom of the Kiwi.

As for durability, I will let the reader know, I am a klutz-- I admit it, I've dropped my Kiwi. Aside from a teensy little dent up near the tuning pegs (it actually got the dent when I tried to catch it and ended up slamming into a wooden kitchen chair between the tuning pegs), it survived without injury. Other minor bumps have not dented or dulled the Kiwi. This instrument is indeed klutz friendly.

The Kiwi is a reasonably priced Uke, retailing for between $73 and $78 on E-Bay. I'd recommend this Uke for other beginners, as it is a fun, cute, and easy to play. For the advanced Ukeist, this is an awesome addition worthy of any collection.

Review by Barbara.

Kala KA-T Ukulele Video Review

Review by Donald C.

Kala Ukulele Review

I have just recently purchased a Kala solid mahagony electric/acoustic concert Ukulele with cutaway and it is glorious. The tone is bright like a Uke should be but it has a warmth to it that is rare in the few ukes I have played.

It came with ghs strings that for the time being sound quite lovely, I have been recommended the Aquila strings and would love to read if anyone has feed back on those.

The factory set up for this particular Kala is fantastic the action makes playing up the fretboard smooth and easy and yet there is no fret buzz to speak of. All in all a terrific buy and a beautiful matte finish makes the wood stand out. It has faux tortoise shell accents and I got a great 1920's looking tweed hard case from Ukulele World to keep it protected.

I have been in transit since I bought this Uke and have not had a chance to really plug it in and "rock out" but the electronics work very well for recording purposes on my Mac. It could put out more sound unplugged but that might mess with the lovely tone so for me I would rather sacrifice some noise for some beauty.

Anyway that is my review I know it's glowing but I am so happy with the Kala Ukulele and it is a great solid instrument for the price.

Review by Denny Paschall.

58 Comments

  1. Joseph November 21st, 2009 5:41 pm

    I am a beginner learning from the Hal Leonard books, YouTube teachers uku underground, so maybe my review doesn’t amount to a more professionals hill of beans. I initially bought a soprano Ibanez brand uke, for a couple weeks enjoyed it, what I know now is my E string buzzes. After learning more on the tube in those couple weeks I immediately wanted a tenor for the sound, and got the Kala KA-T model. I love it. I still idolize the kanile and kamaka ukes, and if I ever got good enough to deserve one, I will never get rid of my Kala! It has a clean sound, I can draw out that distinct island sound be altering my strum a bit… Still experimenting a bit. It even sounds a like a simple nylon string guitar if I want it to. Very versatile, and when I compare to the professionals on you tube sound, my Kala sings!

  2. Colin Emslie January 19th, 2010 12:52 pm

    I have recently bought a Kala KA – FMC concert uke. I had a less expensive soprano before, on which I have done my best to get some kinda handle on this amazing instrument…..i’ve only recently discovered the ukulele, with a bit of a background on guitar and fiddle.
    My Kala is AWESOME…..The sound blows you away!!!

  3. Fred March 21st, 2010 5:45 pm

    These ukes are brilliantly made and reasonably priced. My first uke was a Kala Jazz archtop electric. Probably a little expensive for a first uke but well worth the money. I love the two tone sunburst color and the F hole style. Sounds great too. I just ordered the Kala pineapple silk screened model (KA-PSS)just because it’s so pretty and I will soon be buying the Kala U-Bass as I am also a Bass player. Looks like the first 3 ukes will be Kalas!

  4. Damocles Jones March 26th, 2010 10:53 pm

    Just bought a Kala K6E 6 string semi-acoustic “Mando-uke.” The deep A-string dominated sound and was very hard to pick, so I replaced it with a high A. Now plays (in the words of someone I read of on the net who’d done the same thing) like BUTTER. Beautiful sound, rich, sweet and hypnotically resonant. I am now an object of envious curiosity amongst musos. Worst thing about it is that it smells like a Chinaman’s armpit where, from the “made in” label, I gather it has spent some time.

    So I’ve given it full marks, in the flush of first love and in ignorance of the finer points of uke construction.

  5. Ben March 29th, 2010 2:59 am

    First of all my first ukulele is a Kala. I am in love with it. It is mahogany and it sounds amazing. It is a laminate ukulele but seriously… it sounds like it is solid. I can’t express how good Kala is at making ukuleles. I gave it five stars in everything… granted i haven’t had a whole lot of playing time and i may not have the most knowledge of ukulele construction but of the ukes i have played and the ukes on you tube and the ukes i have played with, my Kala is my favorite. If you buy a well setup Kala with Aquila strings you will not be disappointed.

  6. Mat July 30th, 2010 8:15 pm

    I just purchased a Kala KA-MT and it’s absolutely fantastic compared to my old uke, although that’s not a great achievement considering it was just a cheap mahalo. Nonetheless, I just put some Aquilla strings on it and the sound is crisp and clear.

    The ukulele itself is gorgeous to look at and the inotation is spot on. A word of advice however, make sure you tighten the screws of the tuning pegs after replacing the strings or they shake alot.

    Personally I’d be happy just looking at it all day, but it also sounds great.

    With a hard case and set of Aquilla strings the total price came to £227.

  7. Newke August 21st, 2010 4:32 pm

    I am on holiday in America, an whilst in New York, i bought the Kala travel uke. It’s thin, and downright gorgeous, but it also has the best sound i have ever heard from a uke. Even thought it is branded as a travel ukulele, it is still a great instrument, and i will be using it for as long as possible. 5 stars for everything :D

  8. ANDY August 25th, 2010 5:34 pm

    JUST RECEIVED MY KALA KA-ASKS FROM MGM. beautiful highly figured solid koa, I can’t stop lookong at it, and it sounds beautiful too. almost flawless, one small scratch on bottom.

  9. ANDY September 8th, 2010 6:11 pm

    bought a makala dolphin for a present and liked it so much I bought one for myself.the body is actually plastic, with a lam top and there was some paint slopped on the underside of the soundhole, but come on, for under 40 clams it is awesome, looks so cool and plays reasonably well.

  10. Eiríkur September 11th, 2010 9:27 pm

    I have a Kala KA-15S (I’m not sure, but I think it might be identical to the KA-S but without the binding). 5 of my friends have ukuleles in and around the same price range, and none sounds as delicious as mine. I got it for $55 CAD (after taxes) and it was well worth it. The Aquila strings make a HUGE difference, as does the mahogany (compared to most entry-level plastic ukes). Perhaps you have a different set of strings in your KA-S video, the intonation seems noticably different…although I really can’t quite tell why. My uke is well balanced, full-sounding, and very resonant. Guitars at this level rarely sound this good. It’s a beautiful instrument.

  11. Laouik September 18th, 2010 11:58 pm

    Just picked up a Kala KA-SMHCsolid mahogany concert uke! I splurged and also got the tweed Kala hard case. This is my second uke, the first was a Mahalo I picked up to see if I would commit to learning and… I guess this means I have!

    There’s an annoying buzzing sound from the C string (especially second and third frets) but I’m sure I’ll find the reason sooner or later (hence 4/5 for sound). Other than that, I love this uke!

  12. pete October 15th, 2010 9:40 am

    I have been given a Kala smhc for my 70th bithday. This was from my son – (a thoughtful lad)I play guitar and soon picked up the rudiments of this little gem. It is well made and sounds good.I know nothing about ukes but I can appreciate its look and finish- main thing is it’s more fun than work and good for an old grump like me!

  13. Bob DuBo November 6th, 2010 1:42 am

    I have 5 ukuleles so far. Two are KALA and they are an excellent value. I highly recommend them for beginning and intermediate level players. I think they are a great choice for quality and value a low to mid price ukulele ($100-$400 price range). I have a KA-FMT (beautiful wood spalted maple with spruce top tenor) and also the soprano sized maple with spruce top travel ukulele (has a compass in the headstock) Both have bright and clear sound. They available online plus at many local dealers. Do your research online and check pricing on the model you are looking at so you are sure you are paying a reasonable price.

  14. TAD KRAJEWSKI December 5th, 2010 5:22 pm

    WHILE SURFING THE WEB I CAME ACROSS JASON’S REVIEW OF HIS KALA KA-MT UKE. I HAD A CONCERT AND A SOPRANO, BUT FELT THEY WERE TOO SMALL FOR MY OVER SIZED FINGERS AND WAS LOOKING TO BUY A BARITONE UKE FOR THE SIZE. I MET SCOTTY SHAPIRO IN HIS STORE ON KAUAI TO LOOK FURTHER. I ENDED UP BUYING KALA MT-KA TENOR MADE OF MANGO LAMINATE. SCOTTY HAD A SOLID MANGO BUT IT DID NOT HAVE THE TONE QUALITY THAT THE LAMINATE HAD. I PLAYED A GREAT DEAL MANY YEARS AGO AND DECIDED TO TRY IT AGAIN. THANKS TO SCOTTY, I AM AGAIN ENJOYING THE UKELELE.

  15. TAD KRAJEWSKI December 5th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I HAD RECENTLY BEEN TO KAUAI. I PLAYED THE UKE MANY YEARS AGO AND WAS INTERESTED IN TRYING IT AGAIN. I MET SCOTTY SHAPIRO AT HIS STORE AND ENDED UP WITH A KALA KA-MT MODEL. I CHOSE THE MANGO LAMINATE VERSION BECAUSE OF THE BETTER TONE QUALITY THAN THE SOLID MANGO. I HAVE BEEN HAVING A BALL WITH THE RENEWED INTEREST IN PLAYING THE UKELELE. THANKS TO SCOTTY FOR ALL HIS HELP.

  16. Conan December 6th, 2010 12:03 am

    I bought a Kala KA-PSS (Pineapple) four days ago and love it. Sounds great, looks awesome and gets lots of attention. I had some reservations about buying a Chinese made uke but it has proven to be superb.

  17. Don Roy December 8th, 2010 5:13 pm

    I have two Kalas. The spruce tenor travel uke and the solid acacia tenor. The travel tenor is fun to practice with and easy to take with you. The solid acacia wood, tenor ukulele is smooth. I had the store owner set it up and WOW. Great sounds and easy play. No complaints here If their $400 ukes sound this good…Can’t wait til they come out with a $1,000 uke. They are My first ukuleles since the 1960′s. Don’t remember the brand but it didn’t survive college.

  18. Alex McCumber January 2nd, 2011 5:22 am

    Bought a Kala KA-TEM from Tom Lee Music on Dec 21. Looked beautiful and sounded amazing but the bridge came unglued Dec 27!

    What Gives? On inspection the glue connection was pretty thin. Hopefully they will replace this instrument under warranty for me.

  19. kent January 8th, 2011 11:23 pm

    I upgraded my christmas gift uke for a Kala KA-KS Koa wood uke (from Tom Lee, 220CAD). It sounds great and is a beautiful object despite being chinese made. I would recommend this to any intermediate or advanced player.

  20. ukefroggie January 22nd, 2011 11:44 pm

    i have another sister of “kiwi uke girl”…the watermelon! i wanted to learn, i wanted to have fun and look adorable doing it. mission accomplished – the lil’ melon IS AAAA–dddorable! “-)) it’s like having a trained chipmunk sitting on my knee, that talks.
    “AWWWWW…OOOHH…that is SOOOO CUUUTE!” it’s also happens to be a decent little instrument that stays in tune and has aquila strings. a great first uke! “-))

  21. Noel January 24th, 2011 3:36 am

    Alex…I feel your pain. I also bought a KA-TEM a few weeks ago and my bridge popped off too. Not while being played…in the case. It looks like they finished the soundboard with sealer before they applied the glue…….not a good idea. The little UKE was really neat to look at and sounded great….until it broke. I can’t decide whether to see if Sweetwater will replace it or if I need to fix it myself. If they won’t replace it I might reglue and counter sink a couple of small brass screws to add strength.

  22. Hoyanani February 15th, 2011 8:47 am

    I just started playing the ukulele again thanks to my best friend who gave me his Kala Mahogany Tenor TE with equalizer after I picked it up and started strumming it. I really loved the mellow, full sound of it. But then he and I went to our first lesson together with slack key guitar master Walter Carvalho who introduced us to the Kala FMT Flame Maple Tenor and I was blown away by this instrument. Not only did it sound great in the hands of a master, it sounded great in mine! And it’s a beautiful looking ukulele. So now we are a Kala duo, me with the Flame Maple Tenor and my best friend with his Mahogany Tenor.

  23. chariton seguban February 23rd, 2011 5:53 am

    Bought my kala uke model no. KA-CE 1003 No return – No exchange store policy. I barely use it because of sharp frets, the handle was constructed with glued gap joints,regret to say that I’m really disappointed for the quality. maybe I’ll just keep this instrument forever as ugly souvenir.

  24. Grayderby February 25th, 2011 5:21 pm

    Hi

    Ukulele players out there. I have no experience playing the Uku! But I bought me a KALA KA-FMC! It sounds great, looks good and made well. All I have to do is to learn how to play this beatiful insterment.

    grayberby

  25. Emily Wadds March 20th, 2011 5:07 pm

    i have the kala watermelon.
    I LOVE IT!! it sounds great and all my friends love it!! just looking at it can make someone smile!! i really want the green paisley from the new line of ukadelic…. ill let you know how that goes later on

  26. Bill Raddatz April 1st, 2011 5:26 am

    I bought a Kala U bass about a month ago and I really love it. I used it at a recording session with an engineer/bass player who said he loved its “deep, woody tone”. I highly recommend the U bass to anyone who wants a booming bass voice in a small light package. My Fender P bass is 40 inches long and weighs over seven pounds while the U bass is 30 inches and about two pounds. This well-built baritone uke is beautifully finished, and the urethane strings are easy on the fingers. It’s a great new way to play bass in any application.

  27. Jan April 27th, 2011 12:33 pm

    I recently bought a Kala KA-FMT tenor with spalted flame maple back and sides and a solid sitka spruce top that came with a case for € 239. The instrument is well-made and looks and sounds great. I have no complaints whatsoever.

    The uke sounds clear even when I play it loudly, something the Lanikai S-TEQ, which I had considered buying, did not. Even though the Kala is “Made in China”, which might lead one to expect some flaws, I did not find any yet.

    Something that needs getting used to, perhaps, is the lightness of the instrument. Kala actually advertises how thin the wood is, which apparently is one of the reasons for the instrument’s great sound, but I still find it a little odd every time I pick up my new uke.

    All in all, I too love my Kala.

  28. Joseph Daniels May 13th, 2011 5:21 pm

    I completely agree with the high praise for quality but if you ever find yourself ordering a uke that’s not in stock and is back-ordered . . . pick your money up from the counter and walk away. After a 3-month wait I finally had to cancel the order. This is no reflection on the distributor that I ordered from but rather a complete lack of information from Kala on the Left Coast. After being told that I SHOULD have the uke by the end of May but would DEFINATELY have it by the end of June I had to cancel the order. Again – if you have to back order – think twice.

  29. Ray May 21st, 2011 7:04 pm

    I just bought my first Uke…A travel electric tenor with a EQ. I Love it so much I had given it a name…..It has such a nice solid sound for only being 1 1/4″ to 1 3/4″ thick. I use it primarily in electronic drum and bass ocean music.

    I also am a employee at Kala and let me tell you how much love and quality control goes into each ukulele before it is even shipped out. You have to be a seasoned musician to even work there.

    All of the back orders are now being shipped as quickly as possible. I love reading everyone’s feedback about this great brand of instruments.

  30. Carolyn June 7th, 2011 9:56 am

    I just started playing the ukulele back in March, I bought a Makala MK-S from musicguymike on EBay, it already came with Aquila strings, and I just love it! For being a first time player I guess I don’t have much experience with other ukuleles’, but so far with the experience I have had with the makala I can bring nothing but joy! I bought it for $50 dollars, and for 50 bucks you really get something! I’m so surprised, I have accidentally dropped it several times, and there has not been a wear or tear at all, which is a big hooray for me!

    I’ve grown to love my uke so much, I’ve named him Renaldo, and Renaldo does play beautifully, I’m just so happy with my purchase!

  31. Hoyanani June 20th, 2011 10:41 am

    Aloha everyone! I raved about my Kala Flame Maple Tenor earlier this year and just recently purchased a Mahogany concert (gloss finish). I go to the beach a lot with my tenor and worried about it being damaged or worse, stolen, ’cause it did attract a lot of attention. I also was having a tough time getting used to some of the trickier chords that required a bit more finger extension (Dbm or Gbm anyone?) So I decided to purchase a less expensive, smaller uke. I first tried a number of Kalas, then Mahalos, Lanikais, and even a few Ko’olaus and Kamakas just to compare. I chose a Kala that sounded incredible for a small price. And my best friend who first got me hooked earlier this year? He went out and bought a Flame Maple Tenor too!

  32. Diane September 9th, 2011 2:11 am

    My first Kala was a KA-KB, a satin-finished baritone in Koa wood. I already had a soprano and a tenor from one of the high-priced brands but loved the tone of the Kala so much that I had to buy it. The baritone is a wonderful instrument that stays in tune and sounds great whether the humidity is high or low.
    This would be the perfect “first stringed instrument” for anyone who finds most guitars too big.The change to a small guitar would be simple once a learner became comfortable with the baritone ukulele.
    The next Kala was a total impulse buy. I saw a video of the tiny KA – PU – SSFM, a travel ukulele made of spalted maple in its own little gig bag with the embraidered Kala patch and decided that I needed a uke that could go with me anywhere because it was so little. It isn’t the loudest ukulele but it is perfect for times when I want to entertain myself “on the road”.
    My third Kala is the one that sold itself to the kid in me. I saw a picture of the KA – WTML, a watermelon so cute and cheery that the one I bought almost never goes back in its bag.
    It makes me smile – and not just because it is so cute. The Watermelon is very well made for such an inexpensive instrument and while I bought it so that kids visiting our home would feel comfortable enough to try to play it, I end up playing it because it has a lovely tone and needs only a quick tuning at the start of a session.
    All my Kala’s are well made and give me excellent sound and playability for their price. I’ve been so pleased with the quality that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kala Ukuleles to anyone who wanted to buy one – whether they were beginners or experienced musicians. Kala’s are like salted peanuts – it is very hard to stop at ‘just one’!

  33. RONNIE December 30th, 2011 11:56 pm

    hi all bought my kala ka sstu -c no, 110 travel uke in waikiki may 2011 ..love it ….as a guitar player for the last 50 years ….was easy to pickup and self teach the uke. …the kala has a fantastic sound and very well made ..i have several ukes ..an old harmony ….a old regal. and a aria….. my next will poss be the kamaka hf 2 concert or the concert bell delux HB 2D NEED A PRICE ON ONE OF THESE … THANKS RONNIE GOLD COAST QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA

  34. James Cook January 29th, 2012 11:43 pm

    I’ve had my Kala-FMT for about 3 weeks now and it is fantastic. Thanks to the guys at Hawaii Music Supply and Music Guy Mic for the advice and set-up. My old arthritic fingers were getting a bit too stiff to comfortably play my guitar but the uke is just right! Rearranging some of my fingerpicking tunes for the uke has proved to be a real joy and learning clawhammer style a challenge, but also a thrill! Well done Kala. [PS: The uke LOOKS magic too]

  35. Jay February 7th, 2012 11:44 pm

    I’ve got a Kala KA-JTE/2TS Archtop Tenor. It is my favorite uke to play.

    It’s fairly well constructed and sounds great.

    By the way I think this is the one that Kala refers to when they say Julia Nunes plays one.

    She uses it in this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHhMbMdYjXE&context=C33ab97fADOEgsToPDskL-QY02wNk4VxLnowxe8IM-

    and this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9A3fupyjsk&context=C350f396ADOEgsToPDskL0D5I6Y3YotgdZwbJBaY8s

  36. Brittany March 3rd, 2012 12:44 am

    Just got my Kala, and I’m in love.
    It’s my first uke, and I haven’t been able to put it down, and I only just got it today! It’s brilliant, and I’m sure I’ll have this uke for quite a while. :)

  37. Jasmine April 6th, 2012 11:35 am

    I just got a kala pocket ukulele, I think it’s a soprano???
    Anyway, this ukulele’s sound was amazing, I really like it, even though it is quite small

  38. Mikki May 13th, 2012 10:58 pm

    Bought the KALA KA CEM.in UK..couple of weeks ago..nice sound..color..changed from sop..to..concert…more space for fingers..just learning..and have problems changing chords..but time will cure..and enjoying making music..at last..!!

  39. Aaron J. Shay May 20th, 2012 7:32 pm

    My first ukulele was a Kala soprano, my second was a mahogany Kala concert size. I’ve been thoroughly pleased with their intonation, projection and durability. I gig with the concert and it’s an absolute pleasure to play.

  40. Harry Stead May 21st, 2012 7:34 pm

    Kala KA-FMS Soprano Ukulele Spalted Maple back and sides Solid Spruce Top: looks beautiful. When I first bought this ukulele i really enjoyed the punchy and light hearted sound, but after awhile, it started to dawn on me that the sound issued wasn’t all that mellow. This is however the only thing wrong with this ukulele. The durability is good, and it has taken a few hard hits, which it has emerged from without bearing any visible scars, and is a great uke to carry around with you, and generally have a strum with. It is well constructed and stays in tune well.

  41. Hubert Kulele June 1st, 2012 1:51 pm

    I recently bought the Kala KA-KC as my first Ukulele and I’m very pleased with it. It looks and sounds (most importantly) GREAT, with good intonation up the neck, something that, as a Pro’ trained Brass Player, would have really put me off if it was not up to scratch.

  42. Andrew June 3rd, 2012 8:19 am

    I replaced my Ovation Applause Soprano with a Kala KA-FMS Spalted Flame Maple Soprano (had to return the Ovation because of buzzing and it couldn’t be fixed).

    The KA-FMS is a lovely instrument to look at and pleasant to play, with a clear bell-like tone and plenty of sustain. The intonation is very good but not perfect — the Applause was better in that regard but the Kala blows the Applause out of the water for tone. The solid spruce top obviously helps it ring brightly and it’s a nice tonal contrast to my solid mahogany Ohana tenor.

  43. Char July 14th, 2012 5:42 pm

    I am a 12 year old girl that is about to get a ukulele. I was wondering if the UKULELE MAKALA DOLPHIN is a good ukulele

  44. Janet July 17th, 2012 9:12 pm

    I’ve just bought my second ukulele, having been learning to play on a cheap one for the past 12 months. I’m now the very proud owner of a Kala KA-FMS – an absolutely beautiful ukulele – both in looks and sound. I just can’t put it down! Well worth the money for the pleasure it is giving me.

  45. Jackson July 22nd, 2012 4:05 am

    I bought one of the pineapple (painted like a pineapple) Kala’s, thinking it would be great to pack on motorcycle trips.

    I have to admit, it is a major league piece of S…

    I don’t think intonation could be any worse then on this uke. I had to sand down the saddle on the bridge a whole 16th of an inch. Haven’t deal with the nut yet but it needs to be filed quite a bit too.

    With lowering the saddle and installing a new set of strings, the intonation is slightly better, and as soon as I purchase a nut file I will deal with that. If that doesn’t help, it’s going in the trash.

    Measuring the saddle to the 12th fret, and from the 12th fret to the nut, the bridge is set about 1/8 inch too far back. Ryan at Kala says that’s within spec…. (well, if you say so). But would be nice if it was right on. How hard can that be? I mean, you have to set the bridge, why not set it correctly in the first place?

    I may send this back to Kala in CA and let them deal with it.

  46. kaizersoza August 8th, 2012 6:17 pm

    Ok, I love Kala ukuleles, I have owned 2 dolphins, still got 1 which is about to die, but still playable, I own a Kala travel thinline uke, My next workhorse one the dolphin dies, I own a Kala SMHS solid mahogany soprano uke which for the money is a steal, it is such a classy instrument soundwise and also lookwise with its fake tortoiseshell binding, this uke is loud and proud, sweet n neat, I own a Kala flamed maple concert uke with solid sitka top, this is another loud n proud uke which plays so sweet, and looks the mutz nutz, if I were starting out in the uke world again I would certainly look at the Kala range of ukes great value for money, now lets look at their new walnut model………….

  47. chashu October 20th, 2012 7:59 am

    I bought the Kala ka-teme in oahu a couple of years ago. I hardly played it at all cuz i didn’t get going until recently. It has an EQ and tuner. When i plugged in the uke, the tuner didn’t work anymore. I changed the battery also. Is there somebody that knows how to fix it? It’s really no big deal since i have another tuner. At least the EQ works. The tuner worked when i got it. The lights don’t go on.

  48. Bruce October 27th, 2012 11:26 am

    My first ukulele was the KA-S, Great little soprano and goood value entry level.I have a Spruce Travel soprano and a KA= SMHCE-C. a great solid mahogany mellow ukulele. great plugged into an amp.

    I paid for and have on order a Solid Acacia soprano which I ordered and paid for on the 20 April 2012. Six months later I’m still waiting. What a shame Kala have no idea about customer service.
    In this day where business is tough repeat business is built on trust, shame we no longer have old fashioned values and service.

    My other uke is a Fire fly banjo uke, what a lot of fun. So light, well made and easy to play. I should have got the geared tuners. Bruce

  49. Paul December 12th, 2012 11:35 pm

    Got a Kala KA-TE. I am very weary of buying an instrument mail order… but in the end, I just couldn’t resist the 80 bucks I would save buy doing it. I told the ebay seller/music shop of my concern and asked if he could assure me it was set up properly etc and he said yes he had looked over it. So I get it and am pleased with the look, and feel but dissapointed in the playability. The E string buzzes badly from the 4th to 10th frets, the C string up around the 10th fret, and the G from about the 1st to 5th. If it were an electric guitar, I could sort it out, but I have no idea how to fix this. Lesson learnt! DO NOT buy an instrument over the internet…… Having said, I’m happy with the overall quality etc, if it would have been set up properly, I’m sure I would have given 4 or 5 stars for everything.

  50. Paul December 13th, 2012 5:48 am

    In relation to what I said about my new KALA-TE, scratch it (or just take down my comments). After playing around a bit more I realized its not fret buzz but vibration in the plastic input. With a cable plugged in it goes away! Something in there is vibrating and I’m confident I can stop that, so I reckon that means I’m all happy with the Kala

  51. Lynne Marie Hoyt January 29th, 2013 11:25 pm

    I just brought home my Kala KA- 8. I am so in love! It has the sweetest voice; volume like crazy and sustain you just can’t believe. Intonation is spot on all the way down the neck. The G strings are high/low (wound string), C’s are high/low and E and A are just doubled. If you’ve never seen or played an 8 string ukulele – go find a Kala KA-8. I was very interested in acquiring a Ohana Tiple, but you just can’t find one anywhere… I stumbled across the Kala KA-8 by accident… or so I thought. Now I say, “Who needs a Tiple?” Was it a match made in heaven? Very possibly… I’m so happy I MUST be in heaven! Thank you, Kala!!!!

  52. tony February 13th, 2013 11:35 pm

    kala concert in tune on open strings sounds shit on chords

  53. Peter Griffith April 9th, 2013 9:12 pm

    I first purchased a KA-MT and was really happy. Purchased a KA-GATG-CT after a week. Wow, I love the sound of the Cedar top. The sound difference is big. The priving on both was great for what you get. I’m impressed with the brand. Great value. It’s also great that they are a Petaluma based company!

  54. Sandy April 19th, 2013 10:21 pm

    Thanks Matt for your comment about tightening the screws of the pegs. It seemed to help a lot!!

  55. Stu_not_who April 29th, 2013 6:44 am

    Have just acquired a KA-STE-C (to replace an anuenue tenor that had developed some problems) and I am absolutely delighted with this uke. Build quality and finish are exceptional I just love the crisp, clear tone of the sitka top and the volume and projection out of it is superb, even unplugged. Plugged it plays clean and true. The action is a smidgeon higher than the anuenue so brain and fingers have a little adjusting to do, maybe I’ll have it lowered a bit but I’ll give it some time before deciding. Overall I’m happy as a pup with two tails…two thumbs up Kala!

  56. Esther October 16th, 2013 3:14 am

    Brand new ukulele player here. I just got a Kala KA-CG a couple of weeks ago and it’s absolutely wonderful. I did my research first, and lucked out on a hardly used one on craigslist. Paid $85 including hard case, clip-on tuner, strap, and Aquila strings. This thing is the shiz. It stays in tune like crazy and has a great look and sound. Couldn’t be more pleased.

  57. Ronaldo October 19th, 2013 3:02 am

    After two years with a concert sized Lanikai starter, I decided it was time to upgrade. I scouted the Uke dealers in my area and narrowed my choices down to the Ibanez UEW30RWE (Rosewood with a pick-up), the Luna High Tide (Koa with a pick up) and the Kala Spruce top flame maple. I was leaning towards the Ibanez when my birthday came up and my wife got me the Kala. I played the Kala for several hours last night and I’m liking it a lot. Today I went back into the shop and played the Ibanez again, this time with an amp. I don’t foresee me having much opportunity to plug in on my own, but I do like having the option. The action on the Ibanez works for me. It seems like some of the chords I often have problems with don’t buzz like they do on other models. The drawback is that without the pick-up it’s not very loud. I suspect the Luna is going to have the same issue. All three are gorgeous instruments. In order of aesthetic preference I’d rank them 1.Ibanez, 2.Luna, 3. Kala, but my bonding session with the Kala last night has me thinking I’m likely to stick with the flaming Maple and maybe pick up something with a pick-up a couple of years down the line. I’m told I have a couple of weeks to return the Kala if I change my mind, so I thought I ‘d throw my situation out there and see if anyone had a strong argument for going in a different direction.

  58. Ronaldo November 25th, 2013 9:47 pm

    Well, it’s a month later and I just wanted everyone to know that the only way I’m parting with my Kala is if someone pries it out of my cold dead fingers. I just love this instrument. I’m still a novice player so you should probably take into account that the five stars I give it in every category may not mean as much as it might from someone who’s played on more ukuleles. Still, this is a real instrument compared to the toy I was banging on two months ago and I am very, very happy with it.

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