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    Default Sketch...yes or no?

    I meant sketchy in my title. Saw this one on Reverb...a Kala Elite tenor, with a serial number which appears to be altered. Why? Red flags here. What say you?

    Kala Elite USA 1KOA-T Ukulele https://reverb.com/item/40406980-kal...ntent=40406980

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    Agree with you. Besides the serial number, the finish on the front looks awful. The joint on the bottom looks poor too.

    I would stay away.

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    That looks pretty bad overall. And, the messed up serial number is just unacceptable. What puzzles me is why anyone would bother to mess around with a Kala. They are pretty ubiquitous Ukes.
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    Note the 1KOA-T was written by a pen nib. The cross horizontal strokes have a calligraphic slant on the ends.

    The serial number was crudely overwritten with a marker where the black spread and bled on the paper. While the label looks to be genuine with the thermographic printing, I suspect that the uke is a blem or second and was not a full-price instrument. And the original serial number indicated it as such. The alteration appears to be intended to obfuscate that fact.

    It is indeed very hinky. I would ask the seller what the facts are and request the serial number so I could verify it with Kala.

    That is, if I was interested, despite all of the problems mentioned by Rainbow21. I don't think it measures up to the quality of a Kala "Elite" instrument.
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    Sketchy indeed.
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    Agree with you. Besides the serial number, the finish on the front looks awful. The joint on the bottom looks poor too.

    I would stay away.
    Saw a counterfeit $5.00 bill one time. Enough people doing weird things, statistically possible to have them surface in any area of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post

    It is indeed very hinky. I would ask the seller what the facts are and request the serial number so I could verify it with Kala.

    That is, if I was interested, despite all of the problem mentioned by Rainbow21. I don't think it measures up to the quality of a Kala "Elite" instrument.
    Yes, I would consider getting more info. I would only consider the risk if it was a crazy good deal

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    If you're considering that uke, contact Kala about your doubts. I can't imagine why someone would post a picture of a messed up serial number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    If you're considering that uke, contact Kala about your doubts. I can't imagine why someone would post a picture of a messed up serial number.
    Maybe the Kala luthier shop has free beer Fridays!

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    Strange....and no so great looking, but the headstock, fret markers and bridge look right.

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