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Thread: NUD: Kala 8-String Cedar/Acacia Slothead Tenor

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    Default NUD: Kala 8-String Cedar/Acacia Slothead Tenor

    I got a Kala 6-string tenor last week, and then I saw that there was an 8-string, so I thought that would round out my set of 4, 6, and 8 strings. (I don't need the 5-string.)

    I think the Kala cedar/acacia slothead tenor is one of the best buys in the ukulele world. This beautiful body with eight strings costs $330. The four-string model is $280. It's beautiful, it's well-made, and it sounds great, regardless of the number of strings. As someone said, it sounds like two ukuleles playing - lots of sound. Tuning isn't as bad as you might think. I use a fingernail to pluck a single string, but it's easy to hit two strings at once. G and C strings are each an octave apart, while the E and A strings are doubled - same octave.

    I'll be putting strap buttons on this and bringing it to our weekly session today.

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    It looks great. Does it have a wound G (the Kala 5 string does)?

    Are the lower octave strings above the higher ones? Or is the higher note string the leading string on the downwards strum? I'll need to check my Ohana so we can compare. We have the 5 string for both Kala and Ohana and they're string differently.

    Enjoy the newest edition and happy strumming
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    Quote Originally Posted by keenonuke View Post
    It looks great. Does it have a wound G (the Kala 5 string does)?

    Are the lower octave strings above the higher ones? Or is the higher note string the leading string on the downwards strum? I'll need to check my Ohana so we can compare. We have the 5 string for both Kala and Ohana and they're string differently.

    Enjoy the newest edition and happy strumming
    The low G string is wound, but it's very thin. All the others are nylon (or whatever). Both low strings are below the high strings.
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    My first uke!

    I had no idea what I was doing when I bought it on the Mandolin Cafe marketplace. I couldn’t handle the stretches and after picking up a couple of more comfortable alternatives, I sold it to a former guitar player who preferred 12-strings but could no longer handle stretches himself. He loves it. You should too, Jerry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hendulele View Post
    My first uke!

    I had no idea what I was doing when I bought it on the Mandolin Cafe marketplace. I couldn’t handle the stretches and after picking up a couple of more comfortable alternatives, I sold it to a former guitar player who preferred 12-strings but could no longer handle stretches himself. He loves it. You should too, Jerry.
    That was a brave move for a first uke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    That was a brave move for a first uke.
    I got it for an insanely low price ... $150. I was going to buy a uke eventually, so why not that one?

    No regrets.
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    Have you tried other strings on this ukulele? I have just ordered one and was thinking about trying Worths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30svintage View Post
    Have you tried other strings on this ukulele? I have just ordered one and was thinking about trying Worths.
    Replacing and tuning eight new strings is not something I'd be looking forward to.
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    How are ya gonna play it, Jerry? I strum my Kala for singing, but I haven’t played it much lately. Nowdays, singing makes me cough (Asthma), if I get carried away with it. I was playing with the idea of tuning it like a mandolin, but I don’t know if that can be done.

    Anyhow, have a good time. I hope you enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Replacing and tuning eight new strings is not something I'd be looking forward to.
    Ha Ha! Good point - especially with tie string ends

    Any tips on playing this or on songs for the eight string? I thought I would work up "Wish You were Here"

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