These new Kala cedar and acacia models are really ace! I was only recently lamenting the discontinuation of their previous cedar and acacia models but these easily fill that void and more. Every time Kala introduce a new model I notice that their production quality goes up and this is no exception. For a factory produced model at this price the finish is superb. The whole uke just feels quality in the hand with a neat gloss finish, perfect black and white purfling and attractive abalone rosette. They’ve even copied something great makers like Kanile’a do by finishing the neck in a satin finish so it is incredibly smooth and easy to play.
I also really like the tuners. Gone are the sideways protruding geared tuners that many don’t like (they can look a bit like ears!) and in come planetary tuners that look like friction pegs but worked like geared tuners for smooth and accurate use.
The sound is just what you’d expect from cedar and acacia; a really great volume and an excellent dynamic range that suits everything from gentle fingerstyle to aggressive strumming.
Hats off Kala. These are great.