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Clobbersaurus
05-21-2011, 09:21 AM
I just received my Kala ASAC-C that I recently purchased, but I have a concern. The back has kind of a groove to it. It is not totally flat. Should it be like that? I'm worried that the wood warped or something. It doesn't look bad, it just has a sort of raise in the wood. Should I be worried?

hoosierhiver
05-21-2011, 09:27 AM
Could be potential for a crack, hard to say without looking at it.

Clobbersaurus
05-21-2011, 09:46 AM
Could be potential for a crack, hard to say without looking at it.

But should it be totally flat?

If I take pics do you think that could help?

PhilUSAFRet
05-21-2011, 09:52 AM
But should it be totally flat?

If I take pics do you think that could help?

Only way the knowledgeable guys in UU can tell! Take good pics, send to tech support, just above luthier's corner

mm stan
05-21-2011, 10:00 AM
Are you saying the back is arched???

Clobbersaurus
05-21-2011, 10:00 AM
Are you saying the back is arched???

Very very very very slightly. But enough to notice.

savagehenry
05-21-2011, 10:03 AM
I'm pretty sure that the Kala Solid Acacias come an arched back, is that what you are seeing?

Clobbersaurus
05-21-2011, 10:05 AM
I'm pretty sure that the Kala Solid Acacias come an arched back, is that what you are seeing?

It's possible. If you rub your hand across the back you can feel a sort of raise. But it is so slight that I don't know if I can capture it in pics. this just goes to show how much of a noob I am even though I've been here for a year. haha

savagehenry
05-21-2011, 10:08 AM
It's possible. If you rub your hand across the back you can feel a sort of raise. But it is so slight that I don't know if I can capture it in pics. this just goes to show how much of a noob I am even though I've been here for a year. haha

I'm not saying that there isn't anything wrong, but it's an arched back ukulele so that sounds right. Kala lists the uke as
•2-1/4 to 2-3/4 Arched Back Body depth
so that may be what you're feeling.

Clobbersaurus
05-21-2011, 10:10 AM
I'm not saying that there isn't anything wrong, but it's an arched back ukulele so that sounds right. Kala lists the uke as
•2-1/4 to 2-3/4 Arched Back Body depth
so that may be what you're feeling.

Okay, you just made me feel a whole lot better. I'm still going to take pics to get opinions, but I am feeling a bit better now about this. Thank you for posting that!

savagehenry
05-21-2011, 10:11 AM
Okay, you just made me feel a whole lot better. I'm still going to take pics to get opinions, but I am feeling a bit better now about this. Thank you for posting that!
No problem, I only know that because I always look at the Kala Acacias, keep thinking about getting one... excellent choice.

Clobbersaurus
05-21-2011, 10:13 AM
No problem, I only know that because I always look at the Kala Acacias, keep thinking about getting one... excellent choice.

You should have gotten one before me apparently. hahaa

SweetWaterBlue
05-21-2011, 10:35 AM
Most decently made ukuleles have arched backs. The arch gives the wood somewhere to move with humidity changes, instead of cracking or splitting out a glue seam. All my tenors and soprano ukes have had arched backs. Of course the back should be convex, not concave.

GKK
05-23-2011, 04:35 AM
Arched back Ukulele body's also, help project the sound louder and is a desirable feature many high end ukulele manufacturers use.

Here's a picture of my Kala KA-ST with arched back body and a picture of a Kala KA-TEM without the arch. Playing both one after the other, the Arch Back body ukulele is a lot louder with the same Aquila strings.

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/karengarret/IMG_3852.jpg
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/karengarret/IMG_0405.jpg
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j179/karengarret/IMG_0406.jpg