Kala Mahogany Soprano Ukulele with Binding
The Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding has great looks and, for the price, delivers on tone. It's an entry-level instrument that I think will keep most intermediate players happy, as well. The price point is low, but the quality is very good and this isn't a toy instrument or a cheap instrument by any means. Kala makes good quality instruments that are ideal for those who want to find out if the ukulele is right for them or for experienced players who need an all-around practical instrument.
The Mahogany Build
It is made out of a wood that is legendary for its tone characteristics and its durability. Mahogany is used in a variety of stringed instruments. On a fingerboard, it provides an excellent, hard surface on which to fret the strings and can hold up to years of abuse from finger oils and environmental conditions. Its weight tends to add some sustain to the instrument, as well, which is a welcome quality on an instrument as small as a ukulele.
It comes strung with GHS black nylon strings, which are great all-around starter strings. GHS strings are used by a quite a few professional players, but the Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding is good enough of an instrument that you can experiment with different strings and get different feels. You can determine what works for you and what doesn't and customize your sound in this way. The instrument is definitely high enough of a quality where different strings will be noticeable.
The Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding has a 12-fret design that gives you a full octave of on the chromatic scale. This is the standard design for a ukulele and, for a beginner, the 13-11/16 scale is small enough that you'll be able to hit the notes clearly and get the clear, bell-like tone that characterized the best players. The body has 2-3/8 depth, so you'll find that the lows on this instrument are rich and that the instrument can sustain a note for a good long time. With many entry-level ukuleles, this is an issue but the Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding does a great job of making sure your sound is professional. Even if your playing isn't when you first pick up the instrument, you'll be rewarded when you improve by the fact that you're playing a real instrument that is capable of producing the mellow, warm sounds of a good ukulele.
It comes with die-cast chrome tuners. These are standard for good instruments and will hold the tension on your strings. The chrome can take a lot of abuse and isn't subject to the tarnishing or rusting that less expensive metals sometimes exhibit.
The instrument is also provided with the traditional white binding that gives ukuleles their appeal. This instrument has classic looks and, while it might come at an affordable price, it doesn't look like it, by any means.
The Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding should prove a great instrument for beginners and even intermediate players. You may want to consider getting some accessories to go along with it, however. A gig bag is a good idea, especially since the Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding is make out of mahogany and you'll want to keep that wood from getting dinged up and damaged. You'll also appreciate a tuner with this instrument, as it makes it easier to get ready to play and most certainly makes things go easier if you're playing in an ensemble.
The Kala mahogany soprano ukulele with binding comes at an affordable price, offers great playability and gets good reviews all around from most of the players that pick one up. This instrument does a good job of representing the traditions of ukuleles as affordable, but high-quality, instruments.
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