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    Default Kala Elite Doghair Tenor Review

    Aloha everybody, I've been enjoying playing my new Kala Doghair for the past month and posted a full review on my website with photos and audio:

    https://fraryguitar.com/kala_elite_doghair.htm

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    Thanks for the thoughtful review and for the very musical and artistic performances.

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    Thanks! Great review and sound samples
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    Great review & sweet uke! Did you ever play the Elite koa tenor? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the tonal differences.
    John

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    Mahalo guys for the kind words!

    UkeCaster, I actually own a Kala Elite Koa but it's not a standard model. It's a custom design that HMS ordered, a hybrid of the Koa1 and Koa3 design: satin finish like a Koa1 but the ebony binding and fingerboard of the Koa3. It came with those terrible GraphTech Ratio tuners, 3 of which failed within a month (HMS replaced with UPTs). I think the wood is koa1 grade but it's nicely figured with a little curl. The tone of my Koa Elite is super mellow compared to the Doghair and a level softer in volume (but still very decent projection). It has a beautiful voice for tasto strums but is a little too laidback for single line improvisation in an ensemble (doesn't pop like the Doghair does). If I could only own one ukulele, I'd take the Doghair in a heartbeat.

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    Nice review, nice picking! I love that KALA finally got on the through the body bridge stringing. After a few times, it gets real easy to restring. I can even restring my resonator pretty quickly now.
    I'm glad you let us know that those GraphTech Ratio tuners are crap, now I won't bother with them.
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    Ah dunno, you must be far more skilled than me! I've been changing string-through-bridge instruments for the past year—nearly weekly—and it still takes me much longer than a tie block. The extra time is mainly spent trying to fish the string end out of the soundbox as it often gets snagged in the braces or along the side.

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    Nice review I like your format with description, then embedded sound clips. Being a very good player, yourself, the description on touch and tone and style are great. I’m with Nickie in that I love the string thru bridges. I have all types but really like string thru. I use a tie block , instead of beads or just a knot. Now, that I’ve done it so many times, it’s fast and easy. I’d buy a dog hair in heart beat given this review and your comments on the Koa. I’d rather they shipped with UPT’s. Too bad Graphtech tuners have issues. Hope they adjust. I think for lower end ukes, they have a place. If I’m spending the dollars for a Kala Elite, dog hair or Koa, I want UPT’s.

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    Thanks for another great insight. Your reviews with sound clips have become one of the best resources on this forum. Please keep'em coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    Mahalo guys for the kind words!

    UkeCaster, I actually own a Kala Elite Koa but it's not a standard model. It's a custom design that HMS ordered, a hybrid of the Koa1 and Koa3 design: satin finish like a Koa1 but the ebony binding and fingerboard of the Koa3. It came with those terrible GraphTech Ratio tuners, 3 of which failed within a month (HMS replaced with UPTs). I think the wood is koa1 grade but it's nicely figured with a little curl. The tone of my Koa Elite is super mellow compared to the Doghair and a level softer in volume (but still very decent projection). It has a beautiful voice for tasto strums but is a little too laidback for single line improvisation in an ensemble (doesn't pop like the Doghair does). If I could only own one ukulele, I'd take the Doghair in a heartbeat.
    Interesting! That's exactly opposite what I thought you'd say: that the koa Elite was brighter and louder. Hmmm. Have you ever played vintage Martin tenors? I'd expect the Doghair tenor to be close to those.
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