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iamesperambient
07-17-2014, 05:42 AM
https://www.facebook.com/KalaBrandMusic?fref=photo

"NAMM UPDATE: Stop by booth #1115 and play the new 2014 Kala Tenor Guitar.
Available at Authorized Kala Dealers this September.

KA-GTR ( TENOR GUITAR )
Solid Spruce Top
Rosewood back and sides
Slotted Headstock
Grover Tuners

Want to hear it? Check out this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcrBRL9cuuU

Find your local dealer here:
http://kalabrand.com/dealers.html

The NAMM Show, Nashville Music City Center, #kalabrand, #ukulele, Tenor Guitar Gathering"

got this from kala's FB looks like the kala tenor guitar will be avail in sept. Been waiting for this!

Osprey
07-17-2014, 06:12 AM
I saw that on the Kala Facebook page. It is very intriguing The guy in the video sounds great
Cliff

Mooh
03-04-2015, 04:39 AM
Has anyone discovered case options for this yet? I'm having trouble finding a fitted hard case or even a viable gig bag option for it.

Cool little instrument though. Loads of fun to play.

Thanks!

Captain Simian
03-04-2015, 05:11 AM
Try a classical gig bag or a 3/4 size bag.

TheCraftedCow
03-05-2015, 06:01 AM
Any specifications about string separation space --neck shape and width --price? If the thing is traced on a sheet of paper, ( length-width-height) with knowing what kind of material is wanted, as well as the shock absorbing foam, gig bags are really not difficult to make. You can state what you want for carrying capabilities, pockets, and whatever else you thought a bag should have or be.

I have one made from the sparkly vinyl which was on kitchen chairs from the 50/60 era. It is red-white and blue. Ain't no body gonna pick it up and say that they thought it was theirs. 1000 denier cordura nylon comes in many different colours. My music stand bag is orange with soft black leather ends. GO BEAVS!!

Captain Simian
03-05-2015, 06:43 AM
Not sure it this will help, but the one I played a couple of months ago had a medium D shape neck and was a little narrower than a bari but wider than a tenor. I'm currently trying to scrape up extra funds to get one.

Mooh
04-01-2015, 01:55 AM
Word on the street has it that cases are now available for the Kala tenor guitar KA-GTR. Dealers should be able to get them.

coolkayaker1
04-01-2015, 04:23 AM
Huge trend toward ukulele-makers (Kala, Pono, etc) and performers (Danielle Ate, J Nunez, etc) moving toward the guitar.

#trendwatching

sonomajazz
04-01-2015, 04:54 AM
Couldn't get the YouTube link to work but this here's another...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1psGqsOQiZk

Sounds very similar to my Blueridge BR with K&K mini, tuned C6 a tenor uke. Love that steel string sound...

Price may be a factor...Kala, $329 vs BR, $360-450.

spookelele
04-01-2015, 05:11 AM
Couldn't get the YouTube link to work but this here's another...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1psGqsOQiZk

Sounds very similar to my Blueridge BR with K&K mini, tuned C6 a tenor uke. Love that steel string sound...

Price may be a factor...Kala, $329 vs BR, $360-450.

Armando at Penny Lane is good people.

Mooh
05-02-2015, 07:25 AM
Word on the street has it that cases are now available for the Kala tenor guitar KA-GTR. Dealers should be able to get them.

False alarm, the two local retailers can't find anything about a case or gig bag for the Kala tenor guitar. They don't have anything that comes remotely close to a good fit, never mind the promised cases from Kala.

Captain Simian
05-02-2015, 07:28 AM
I have an Ibanez tenor guitar and she fits perfectly in a Fender electric gig bag. Try that, you never know.

SteveZ
05-02-2015, 08:33 AM
My Blueridge 40T fits well in a Gator gig bag.

Mooh
05-02-2015, 03:38 PM
I have an Ibanez tenor guitar and she fits perfectly in a Fender electric gig bag. Try that, you never know.

Thanks, but there's about 6 1/2" difference in the length of the Kala and various Fender Teles and Strats I have, plus the depth of the Kala is roughly double the depth of the Fenders. The Fender gig bag goes around the body okay but the length is sloppy and the whole point is to travel smaller.

Mooh
05-02-2015, 03:39 PM
My Blueridge 40T fits well in a Gator gig bag.


Thanks, I'll look for one.

I'm wondering about one of the smaller Taylor guitar gig bags...

hammer40
05-02-2015, 11:08 PM
False alarm, the two local retailers can't find anything about a case or gig bag for the Kala tenor guitar. They don't have anything that comes remotely close to a good fit, never mind the promised cases from Kala.

Well, at least one person got one. Try contacting the guy mentioned in this thread at Groth music. Maybe he can get one for you as well.

http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?114865-KALA-KA-GTR-tenor-guitar-cases-FINALLY-!

Mooh
05-03-2015, 02:57 AM
Very helpful. Thanks!

tbeltrans
05-03-2015, 03:49 AM
Huge trend toward ukulele-makers (Kala, Pono, etc) and performers (Danielle Ate, J Nunez, etc) moving toward the guitar.

#trendwatching

If this is really true, it would follow the "fad like" quality that ukulele seems to have had historically with the general public. Over the years, the guitar and piano seem to have been consistent. These days, digital pianos are becoming a larger portion of the piano market, but they still function as "pianos" in general. The types of guitar (i.e. acoustic vs electric) seems to change from time to time, depending on what is popular that week or month, but both are "guitars" in general. So for both these instruments, sales seem to have always been relatively steady. With ukuleles, it seems (from what I have read here and elsewhere) there are periods in history that are marked by a strong and temporary upswing in general public interest in the ukulele. I seem to have gotten into the ukulele during the recent upswing, so I am definitely a part of that, while others in these forums have been playing the ukulele much longer and more consistently.

I have the impression that companies such as Martin and Collings follow the trends in terms of ukulele production. I owned a Collings acoustic guitar (000 12 fret) for a number of years, and did own a 1927 Martin 2-17 for a while too. I never knew either company made ukuleles, or that "vintage" Martin ukuleles were sought after, until I got into the ukulele. Outside of the ukulele crowd, the ukulele seems to have a very small footprint in terms of visibility. The advantage of this is that many people still think of "ukulele" as tourist "schtick" in Hawaii and Tiny Tim with his famous "Tiptoe Through The Tulips", so when I play a fingerstyle or chord melody piece, people tend to pay attention and are constantly surprised that this can be done on a ukulele. It has been done to death on the guitar, so nobody really cares or pays attention anymore to that. I can honestly say that I was equally surprised when I got involved with the ukulele and discovered the depth and history that the instrument has.

Since I am reading in these forums that local ukulele groups, especially among retirees, are growing, I assume that the ukulele is still going strong, rather than going away or diminishing. However, it seems to depend on whose posts I read and the demographic being discussed, as to whether the market is growing or shrinking. I have not dug up statistics to support either claim and am merely observing what I read in the forums. I can certainly ask the next time I am in a music store that sells ukuleles. Around here in the Twin Cities, Guitar Center, Groth Music, and Willie's come immediately to mind though there are probably more since we do have a lot of music stores around here. This is a very musical area with many healthy music scenes going on.

Tony

Captain Simian
05-03-2015, 04:03 AM
Thanks, but there's about 6 1/2" difference in the length of the Kala and various Fender Teles and Strats I have, plus the depth of the Kala is roughly double the depth of the Fenders. The Fender gig bag goes around the body okay but the length is sloppy and the whole point is to travel smaller.

Funny, the Ibanez fits snuggly in mine. Maybe it's because it's a parlor body, I hadn't considered that.

SteveZ
05-03-2015, 04:13 AM
Just visited the Tenor Guitar subforum over at the Mandolin Cafe. One of the folk there posted that he just received his case for the Kala KA-GTR tenor guitar. He says the case' part number is HC-TG . The poster says his case was shipped direct from Kala through "GROTH MUSIC" out of Minnesota.

Mooh
05-11-2015, 04:32 PM
Just bought a Martin "little Martin" gig bag that's a near perfect fit. Elderly Music in Lansing Michigan shipped it in under a week. Kala was no help at all and couldn't even communicate well, claimed they had cases and yet the dealers couldn't get them.

Anyway, at least I'll be able to haul the instrument around for now.

Thanks for your input folks.