View Full Version : kala joe brown signature soprano

11-13-2010, 06:45 AM

•What year was it made? Where was is made? (Hawaii, Japan, China etc...)
•How many frets?
•Solid-Top? Laminated top?
solid spruce
•Any pickups or electronics?
•Body and neck woods? ( Koa, Plywood, etc...)
solid spruce top koa back and sides
•Finish (Satin, transparent, quilted top, flamed top, etc...)
satin slight gloss
•Body style (Soprano, Tenor, Concert, Cutaway, etc...)
•Bridge style ( String-thru body, stop tailpiece, etc...)
•Tuners (Locking? Non-locking? brand of tuners - Sperzel, Gotoh, Grover, Schaller, etc...)
not sure of brand , nice black friction tuners
l•Neck/Scale (Fat, Thin, Jumbo Frets, Rosewood, Maple, etc...)
nice slim neck
•Any included accessories? (Case, gig bag, strap, cable, tools, humidifier, etc...)


•How does it suit your music style (and what is that style)?
no style what i fancy good for all styles i think
•What amps and effects are you using it with?
•Is it noisy? On what settings?
acoustically very loud for a soprano

•Rich/Full sound? Bright sound?
lovely full sound i think
•What kind of sounds can the guitar make? How much variety?
•Likes and dislikes?
just sounds great , easy to play
Action, Fit & Finish
sction is perfect fit is superb finish has a few minor blemishes
•How well was the ukulele set-up at the factory? (How was the action?)
perfect for a soprano
•Properly bookmatched top?
not sure
bridge and strings well fitted
•Properly routed bridge?
•Did the ukulele contain any flaws? (misaligned bracing, poorly filed fretwire, finish flaws, poor quality wood, rusted or oxidized hardware, loose tuning pegs, poorly cut nut, poorly fit saddle, noisy pickup selector, loose controls, etc...)
just the slight finish flaws but very minor


•Will this ukulele withstand live playing?
dont get this all playing is live all playing will affecr uke same way?
•Does the hardware seem like it will last?
looks good
•Is the finish good enough to last, or does it seem thin and easy to wear off with lots of playing?
only time will tell
•Can you depend on it?
i hope so only had a week
•Would you use it on a gig without a backup?
dont gig

Customer Support

•If you've dealt with the company, how helpful/friendly were they?
compant i bought from was great , southern ukulele store , bournemouth
•Ever try and get it repaired?
•Was it under warranty?
•How long is the warranty
not sure

Overall Rating

•How long have you been playing?
15 months
•What other gear do you own?
kiwaya ks1
•Is there something you wish you had asked before buying this ukulele?
no , it seemed perfect for me and seems to be
•If it were stolen or lost, would you buy it again or get something else?
at the moment i would
•What do you love about it?
Well , great sound looks stunning , the headstock kala logo is the best ive seen it is carved out and then filled with the finish for an understated look perfect.
side dot markers , all ukes should have these
spruce top with koa what a combo only time ive seen this
, •What do you hate?
That i am not worthy to play it at present
•What is your favorite feature?
everything but mainly i wanted a quality soprano that was a keeper
i took the chance on this because of solid woods and its looks, have not seen a review of it so far
•Did you compare it to other ukuleles? Which ones?
I thought about an hamano or the soilid koa ohana
•Why did you choose this one?
just look it it and see
•Anything you wish it had?
a dot marker on the side for the 3rd fret, joe brown plays it high so he cant see the 3rd fret thats why it was left off.
•Anything else you'd like to share?
Lots of things but not this uke

11-13-2010, 06:49 AM
want to put some pictures on but having trouble .
Have pictures on my desk top any ideas

11-13-2010, 07:04 AM
Click on "Reply" to open reply window. Click on "Go Advanced" to open advanced window page. Scroll down to "Manage Attachments". Should be self ex[explanatory at that point. Or see this post (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?2738-F.a.q.&p=36173#post36173) for another option of posting images.

11-13-2010, 07:32 AM
hers the photos

11-13-2010, 07:33 AM
Thanks kanaka 916

11-13-2010, 10:00 AM
This is a really nice Uke. Not sure if it even in production any more, think it was a pretty limited run. Also I believe the back and sides are solid Koa. Hold on to it, might be worth more over time?

11-13-2010, 10:41 AM
Hold on to it because it is a lovely uke. If its value increases, that's a bonus.

11-13-2010, 10:54 AM
I dont think they are rare!
A Google search throws up quite a few.
southern ukulele did not have one but they got me one within a day or two from kala.
And yes it has solid koa back and sides.