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Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||24 x 10 x 4 inches|
|Top Material Type||Mahogany|
|Back Material Type||Mahogany|
|String Material Type||Aquila Super Nylgut|
|Item Weight||1 Pounds|
About this item
- Kala’s KA-15S came into the world in 2005 as the answer to a high-quality, affordable, entry-level ukulele and still remains the unrivaled ukulele in its class.
- The KA-15S is well-suited for classroom use, practicing, and acoustic performance. It is the instrument of choice for schools - More people learn to play on a Kala than any other ukulele brand
- A very traditional Mahogany Soprano Ukulele in a satin finish with a bright, warm, full-bodied tone.
- Comes with a beautiful Walnut Fingerboard and Bridge, Mahogany Neck, 12 Brass Frets, GraphTech NuBone and Aquila Super Nylgut Strings from Italy and distinguished by its etched Polynesian-style Shark Teeth rosette
- Kala ukuleles are played by some of the most renowned players around the world including: twenty one pilots, Vance Joy, dodie, EatMyUke, The Ukulele Teacher, and Zac Brown.
- SOPRANO UKULELE – This is the most common size of ukulele, and the smallest, with the shortest scale length and tightest fret spacing – tuned G C E A
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Kala ukuleles have seen the tops of mountains, sat in sandy beaches, floated down rivers and sung under the stars. They are played in classrooms, neighborhoods and iconic music venues. More than just an instrument, they are an extension of you.
Kala Keeps it Simple.
At Kala, our focus is on providing you the best possible instrument for your money. As one of the industry leader, we know that you don't need an excess of accessories to have fun and play ukulele. That's why we stick to the essentials—a better instrument and a frustration free learning experience.
Nestled between Northern California's treasured Redwoods and its coastal waters, our hometown, Petaluma, is a harbor to an eclectic mix of creativity and culture. Since first planting our roots in 2005, Kala has grown to become the most recognizable ukulele brand in the world.
Quality craftsmanship, amazing tone, and the largest selection of models anywhere, makes Kala one of the industry leader of the modern ukulele movement for more than a decade. We value our players and have earned their trust by providing them with affordable, easy-to-play instruments that help them grow as musicians.
Simple and easy to use, our Kala App includes a tuner, play-a-long songs, and easy-to-follow lessons. Download the app to your iOS or Android device. Visit the Learn to Play section of our website to build your foundation and learn basics like tuning, beginner friendly chords, strumming techniques, and songs.
The KA-15 Series
The KA-15 line has expanded to include Satin Black, Spruce Top, Soprano Long Neck, Mahogany Concert & Tenor. Complete with industry standard Aquila Super Nylgut Strings, high-quality tuning machines, GraphTech Nubone Nut & Saddle, plus a great price makes these ukes a great choice for all ages.
In 2005, the KA-15S came onto the market and became the industry standard for an entry-level ukulele. Before this time there were only cheap toys or expensive, custom ukuleles. The KA-15S made the ukulele accessible to everyone - a high-quality constructed Mahogany instrument with warm, full-bodied sound at an affordable price. We have expanded the 15 Series to include: Soprano Black (KA-15S-BLK), Soprano Long Neck (KA-15SLNG), Soprano Spruce Top (KA-15S-S), two with Hawaiian Tattoo laser etching (KA-15S-H1 & KA-15S-H2), and the traditional mahogany instrument now in Concert (KA-15C) and Tenor (KA-15T). Our focus has always been on providing you the best possible instrument for your money.
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2015
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…for those of you who DIDN'T read my previous review, I will say that I've been a guitarist for over 25 years. I have a lot of experience in the construction, setup, and playing of acoustic and electric stringed instruments. Specifically I am a rock and metal player, but cull experience from nearly every genre of music. My wife and I were searching for an inexpensive beginner's ukulele for a 5 year old girl to use for her first foray into music. Upon ordering the ukes, we had them delivered to us so that I could go over them, make sure that they were properly constructed and setup prior to sending to her. Being that I have given MANY lessons in my day, and have encountered many different instruments, I know that THE most common reason that a student gives up on a stringed instrument is if it is poorly set-up [i.e., physically hard to play]. NO stringed instrument should require a Herculean amount of strength.
The Kala Ukulele arrived very well packed…by both Amazon and from the company. Upon taking the ukulele out of it's second inner most packing box, I could immediately see that it was in fact made of mahogany [intentional mislabeling of construction wood is an unfortunate part of inexpensive guitars and stringed instruments]. Not only is this actual mahogany, but it is a very excellent example of mahogany. The wood is a deep shade of brown with a dark black grain running throughout. The pores of the wood [a tale tale sign of true mahogany] are very visible and clearly indicate that this is an excellent example of mahogany.
The fretwork is EXEMPLARY. I've seen $400-$500 guitars have fretwork not as good as this. The brass frets are all properly seated and well finished. For anyone familiar with guitars and stringed instruments, fret ends [the point at which your hand makes contact up and down the neck] can be a very troubling point of contact with inexpensive instruments. However, these frets have been manicured to a level that there is no sensation whatsoever.
Another point of emphasis: the nut. The nut, in my estimation is one of THE most important parts of any stringed instrument. A nut should be properly cut as to allow the strings to move without binding [binding creates issues with tuning and intonation] and the nut slots should be cut as so to allow the strings a downward trajectory into the tuning machines [maximizing resonance and projection of the instrument]. Again, this instrument is exemplary as it relates to the nut. The nut is a plastic "bone facsimile" and it is properly cut with an attention to detail I could never have expected at this price point.
Tuning CAN be a bit tedious with this uke…the tuners are VERY pedestrian, but at $53 [most tuning machine sets cost more than this ukulele did] one shouldn't expect them to be more than utilitarian. Please be prepared for the tuning machines to slip a bit when tuning…it's very easy to get impatient, but if you take your time it will get to pitch. Once you've tuned the ukulele, as with any stringed instrument, it will be important to stretch the strings and then retune at least two additional times before optimal tuning stability will be achieved.
Upon tuning the ukulele, and strumming some chords, I quickly realized what a gem this truly is. The uke is dynamic, resonant, and truly is the sum of all the aforementioned parts. Single notes sing out and have great harmonic content. Chords ring and project very well. I have played every note on the fingerboard and none of them are dead or have any intonation issues whatsoever.
To put this in perspective, I just bought myself a guitar three weeks ago. It cost me $2,500. It is the epitome of modern guitar construction and is arguably the greatest stringed instrument I've ever played. But this $53 Kala Uke has a home, in my home, right next to that guitar. I'm not comparing the two; I'm simply saying that the playability is such that I WILL be buying myself one once this goes to our granddaughter. The "dollars per smile" ratio on this thing is incomprehensible. I can not say enough about this Ukulele and if you're in the market for a Uke PLEASE do yourself a favor and buy one. You will NOT be disappointed, nor will you regret it for one single solitary minute.
The Kala KA-15S is the perfect string instrument to start out on. The qualities that make it so is the fact that it's high enough quality to be easy to play, while not being prohibitively expensive in cost. Basically, it's the best bang for your buck as a beginner.
I got one for me and my sister. Both were in excellent condition. I like mine so much that I got a baritone ukulele so I can have access to a more unique sound in my arsenal of instruments.
This instrument comes properly set up (at least the two I bought did), and prestrung with Aquila nylgut, one of the best in the industry. Some reviewers mistakenly call them toy strings because they are not steel strings, they are just ignorant of the fact that ukuleles don't have a truss rod and are too delicate for steel strings. Even classical guitar strings, though they look like metal strings, are just nylon with copper or aluminum wound around them. Only steel guitars are sturdy enough for steel strings, and you wouldn't want your ukulele to sound harsh like a steel guitar anyway. This instrument is easy to play and if you wanted to could use the same instrument up to expert level (although once you hit that level you might want to invest in a $500 dollar instrument and super nylgut strings as they do in fact sound better).
I've communicated with other ukulele players and a common problem when purchasing an ukulele is that often the instrument itself is functional, but the frets, saddle, nuts, etc are not set up right, making it difficult to play. This can be corrected relatively easily by going to a local Luthier, but most beginners don't know this. The frets should be level and the action should be as low as possible without buzzing (higher action for more experienced players). Beginners will struggle to play on an instrument that is not fit to play and blame their own lack of skill, and eventually give up.
I noticed this when I bought my baritone ukulele. Fortunately the problem for me was that the frets were not level, which is more easily recognizable as the instrument fault not user error. Also the strings were in visibly poor condition. The luthier has it now and says it will cost at least $35 bucks to properly set it up, plus $7 for some decent strings. The funny thing is if I had gotten a kala, it would have only been $30 more and come with a case.
Long story short, if you are new to ukulele this is a no brainier. The quality you get for the price is amazing. The instrument should be fine out of the box, but if you are having a hard time with it try taking it to a Luthier before returning it and giving it a bad review. Mistakes can happen even with the best brands and you might just need a slight adjustment.
By Calvin on April 3, 2018