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uke552
05-16-2010, 05:46 PM
I own a few and have played several Kala ukes and have always wondered....the label visible through the sound hole, in the bottom right corner, has three numbers (I have never seen more or less). Is this the production date? Example 905 (September 2005?)

mds725
05-16-2010, 09:16 PM
Contact Kala through its website and ask them there. I've found the people at Kala to be very responsive.

AC Baltimore
05-16-2010, 10:08 PM
I've found the people at Kala to be very responsive.

2nd that. Even when I am asking dumb questions lol.

ashleychantel
05-17-2010, 07:22 AM
I'm not sure what it is but I know it isn't the production date because I just got a Kala and it says 912...

Chris Tarman
05-17-2010, 08:53 AM
I'm not sure what it is but I know it isn't the production date because I just got a Kala and it says 912...

Unless you have a Kala from the FUTURE!!!!! That would be so awesome!

ashleychantel
05-17-2010, 09:00 AM
Unless you have a Kala from the FUTURE!!!!! That would be so awesome!

never thought of that! maybe I do have a Kala from the future!!

Skottoman
05-17-2010, 09:01 AM
My Kala Flame Maple Concert says - 712.

Ukulele Jim
05-17-2010, 09:20 AM
My money says it's a serial number.

uke552
05-17-2010, 09:37 AM
Thanks anyway all....now another sleepless night wondering...
I will contact Kala. I had yet to see a number mentioned above. Everything I have seen is 10 or less making me think it was month and year.

Chris Tarman
05-17-2010, 11:19 AM
Thanks anyway all....now another sleepless night wondering...
I will contact Kala. I had yet to see a number mentioned above. Everything I have seen is 10 or less making me think it was month and year.

Let us know what they say. I have 3 Kalas and they are all under 10 as well, so I also assumed it was a date. Now I'm curious, but also kind of disappointed. I like knowing the dates of things!

casarole45
05-18-2010, 12:26 AM
My money says it's a serial number.

nah, when I had issues with my Kala, a load of people replied saying they had exactly the same number, maybe batch.

uke552
05-18-2010, 03:41 AM
I heard from Mike at Kala. He said that the numbers are "production date numbers." For example 809 would have been produced in August 2009.

happyslappysoong
05-18-2010, 03:43 AM
Very interesting! Ive got 905 here...

Pukulele Pete
05-18-2010, 03:47 AM
I'm not sure what it is but I know it isn't the production date because I just got a Kala and it says 912...
Wow..........you really do have one from the future.

uke552
05-18-2010, 03:57 AM
Wow..........you really do have one from the future.

Yes, very interesting.....now we have to consider two questions. One - Our fellow uker's with the futuristic numbers on their Kala's are really aliens. Two - Did they come in peace? :eek:

SailQwest
05-18-2010, 04:05 AM
I heard from Mike at Kala. He said that the numbers are "production date numbers." For example 809 would have been produced in August 2009.

My understanding is that the first number is the year, followed by the month.

809 = Sept 08
905 = May 09
912 = Dec 09

Skottoman
05-18-2010, 04:35 AM
So mine is 712, that means Dec 07?

What happens for '10 and up? They go 4 digits?

Cheers,
Skottoman

nscafe
05-18-2010, 04:45 AM
So mine is 712, that means Dec 07?

What happens for '10 and up? They go 4 digits?

Cheers,
Skottoman

Makes sense. They would have had to do that for ukes made in October thru December if everyone's original assumptions were correct anyway.

Chris Tarman
05-18-2010, 12:11 PM
Makes sense. They would have had to do that for ukes made in October thru December if everyone's original assumptions were correct anyway.

Well, sort of... Ukes made in '10 will start with "10". But ukes made in October thru December of '09 would be "910", "911" and "912". Remember the YEAR is first, then a 2-digit number for the month. So "912" would be December of '09, NOT September of 2012.

bigchiz
01-08-2012, 03:40 PM
My Kala KA-T was purchased at the local music store in April of 2011 and has a number 1012, which means it was manufactured in December of 2010. These Aquila strings are original and holding up fine.

What about my Ubass acoustic spruce top, fretless? It has a double stamp, one below the other.

One line says KA-UBASSFL, the the "FL" being a little offline compared to the rest, like it was stamped later. Guessing FL means fretless.
Below that is 1107, and staggered down a little and to the right is 1992. As if the 1992 were a subscript. Maybe it's a July 2011 build, and the 1992 means...??