View Full Version : NUD: Kala Solid Acacia Tenor - Love It!

frets alot
08-05-2012, 04:22 AM
I've been doing my homework to purchase a solid wood tenor uke. I have a Kala Thinline Tenor which has a nice bright sound and is great for music festivals. I'm a chord/melody, fingerstyle player. So, I went to Elderly Instruments, my "candy store". I wanted to try ukes out before I bought. I would recommend that to anyone, because there is such a difference in sound, feel, workmanship, etc. I really liked Kala's solid mahogany, but it sounded too much like the thinline...I wanted a different sound. So, I tried many different ukes in varying price ranges. I won't mention what I tried, because I don't want to imply they weren't good ukes....they just didn't click with me. The Kala Solid Acacia met all my criteria (price, etc.) and had a nice warm tone. The Kala's have the feel that fit my hands wonderfully. That's why I'm glad I tried before I bought. I know there are better built ukes out there, but for the money, I thought it was a good uke to own. It's really fun to play, has the sound I was looking for, has spot-on intonation up the fretboard, and has great looks. It found its way into a nice new case, came with a new set of strings, and was on its way home with me to Northern MI. I'm really happy with my new uke....it will make a great addition to my other instruments. I have to find a cure for this Acoustic Aquisition Disease that I have! :rolleyes:


08-05-2012, 06:18 AM
Beautiful addition to your collection. I love the woodgrain. Hope the two of you make much beautiful music together.


frets alot
08-05-2012, 08:16 AM
Thanks vanflynn!

08-05-2012, 09:44 AM
I think that you can find absolute happiness with a uke in any price range if it "clicks" with you as you have said...I've been lucky enough to own some high end stuff, but I often reach for my Kala laminated exotic mahogany that cost less than the cases did on some of the more expensive ukes I've owned....! Have fun!!

G Hill
08-05-2012, 10:46 AM
I have one of these ukes and have to say that you have made a great choice.

08-05-2012, 10:48 AM
The concert version was my first ukulele. Great choice, frets alot! You have hours of happiness ahead of you. :)

08-05-2012, 01:55 PM
It is a lovely piece; kudos on your purchase. :)

frets alot
08-05-2012, 03:52 PM
Thanks everyone! I appreciate your comments. :)

08-05-2012, 03:59 PM
Great choice; I have one and I love it.


08-05-2012, 04:12 PM
That's a beautiful uke, congrats!

08-05-2012, 04:54 PM
Congrats on the new uke. Got one just like it. :)

08-05-2012, 07:20 PM
Congratulations! This model was the first tenor uke I owned. (I purchased mine from MGM a few years ago, when he was on eBay, and it's now on loan to a work colleague's son, who recently became enamored of all things ukulele.) It's a great choice, with, as you indicated, a slightly richer and more mellow tone than Kala's solid mahogany ukes. I hope you're as happy with yours as I've been with mine! Happy strumming!

frets alot
08-06-2012, 01:29 AM
You all have been so supportive and kind. Thank you.