Kala KA-SMHS Solid Mahogany Soprano

by Pete · 2 comments

Picked Up this little gem from my local music store. Couldn’t find them on Amazon at the time but you may be able to get one now. I think I may have just been sucked in with my noob enthusiasm, but I’m still super stoked regardless.

Kala KA-SMHS Head

Kala KA-SMHS Head

I’ve only ever played on bottom end laminates and you can definitely tell the difference between a solid unit from a laminate. There’s much more of a warm full sound to them.

Features

  • Solid mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard and string-through bridge
  • Aquila high G strings
  • Black friction tuners
  • Pearl fret markers top and side
  • Rosewood bridge and nut
  • Matte finish
  • Faux tortoiseshell binding
  • Made in China
  • Finished in clear satin laquer

Sound: 8/10
Compared to the ukulele’s I’ve had the opportunity to play so far, this one has the warmest roundest sound. It even sound bigger and less tinny than my concert spruce top uke.
Intonation is great, I played each note along the fretboard against my chromatic tuner and the 12th fret on all string was almost spot on.
Extremely happy with the sound. So much so, my next uke might be the concert size solid mahogany with a pickup.

Finish 7/10
It is currently my most expensive uke, so I might be over-rating it, but it looks great. I love the tortise shell, the pearl markers and I can’t seem to find any flaws in it. The only thing that looks a bit cheap in my opinion are the friction tuners. I might swap the tabs over for some pearl ones if I can find one. Might have to go to hawaii for this.

Overall 8/10
Great uke and my favourite at the moment. The only drawback the sopranos is it runs out of frets, only 12, but you get that. This thing is going everywhere with me.

Kala KA-SMHS Binding

Kala KA-SMHS Binding

Kala KA-SMHS Bridge

Kala KA-SMHS Bridge

Kala KA-SMHS Neck

Kala KA-SMHS Neck

Kala KA-SMHS Tuners

Kala KA-SMHS Tuners

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

John November 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

How well do the friction tuners work? Does the uke stay in tune well?

Haley June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

I have a Kala as well and I was just wondering…can I swap the plastic strings for metal ones?

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