- Warm and Well-Crafted: Outstanding!
- June 04, 2015
- By: marindavid
I have owned six or seven ukes - all tenors and two of them with electronics. When I experimented with an 'acoustic-electric' uke, I got an inexpensive LALA and while I was impressed with how it sounded plugged-in, played acoustically, it left quite a lot to be desired. With an upcoming trip to Maui in mind, I decided to upgrade myself to a solid wood acoustic-electric tenor. Research and experience led me to Kala - and then to this particular ukulele.
It looks and sounds beautiful. The solid wood (mahogany) construction gives off a warmth that only mahogany guitar players can really appreciate - it reminds me, a bit, of my Martin D15M. This uke, though is, by no means, 'plain.' The (man-made) 'tortoise shell' binding adds a touch of elegance and the open headstock and tuners (Grover) give it a classic look and feel.
There is no flaw in the construction or assembly. Though made in China, this Kala has it all. Played either plugged in or acoustically, the sound is rich and surprisingly full coming from such a small instrument.
Of course, you can get a uke for a lot less - or pay a lot more - BUT, I don't think you could find one that looks, plays or sounds appreciably better than this one!
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