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rek001
06-29-2011, 05:19 PM
Hi all, I just received a Kala concert travel uke from an associate of MGM.
Let me tell you, this uke truly rocks, I'm a grinning fool when I play it, lovin' it.

This uke is wonderfully lightweight except the headstock feels heavy, it unbalances the whole feel of the uke. I suspect it's the heavy tuners.

Can anyone kindly give me advice regarding successfully swapping out the tuners for ones that are lighter?

Thanks very much.

didgeridoo2
06-29-2011, 05:35 PM
Get the deluxe friction tuners from Mainland. They fit perfectly. You will have screw holes left, but I just filled them when I had this uke. Some people just put the screws back in, some folks leave em raw. It makes a huge difference and the mainland tuners are very smooth.

rek001
06-30-2011, 09:08 AM
Thanks much for your reply.

Chap
06-30-2011, 09:49 AM
++ On this. Perfect fit, easy swap.

Gmoney
06-30-2011, 09:50 AM
Get the deluxe friction tuners from Mainland. They fit perfectly. You will have screw holes left, but I just filled them when I had this uke. Some people just put the screws back in, some folks leave em raw. It makes a huge difference and the mainland tuners are very smooth.

Second that - that's exactly the route I took too with the same model & it worked great - lighted the headstock as I expected. One thing to note, the thin Kala travel case makes it a bit tighter in the headstock area when zipped up, but causes no real problem. If you want to fill the holes, you can find filler "pencils" at your local hardware store.

rek001
07-02-2011, 08:54 AM
Ordered the Mainland pegs 2 days ago, looking forward to doing this mod.
Thanks again for all your kind replies.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-02-2011, 09:06 AM
Glad the Kala's sounding great for you!

How about a couple pics post mod? Especially a side view...