Kala KA-SWG-BL Waterman Soprano Ukulele - Glow-in-the-Dark Blue Matte Bundle with Gig Bag, Tuner, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth
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- Water resistant and durable, Waterman ukuleles play perfectly anywhere
- Easy to keep clean
- Nickel-plated open-gear tuners
- Aquila super nylgut strings
- Soprano size
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|Item Dimensions||—||8.38 x 3.25 x 22.63 in||8 x 21.8 x 3.3 in||3.5 x 8 x 21.5 in||4 x 24 x 9 in||8 x 21.5 x 3.25 in|
Adding value to your purchase, Austin Bazaar bundles your instrument with necessary accessories. Everything you need to start playing immediately comes in one box. Save yourself the hassle and save some money while you're at it. A gig bag is included so you can keep your instrument safely packed away when you're on the go. An easy-to-use clip-on tuner is included so you can keep your instrument in tune. An Austin Bazaar instructional DVD is included so you can pick up some tips while learning your new instrument. An Austin Bazaar polishing cloth is included so you can keep your new instrument in mint condition.
The durable, water-resistant Kala Waterman plays perfectly anywhere.
Top: ABS Composite
Back & Sides: ABS Composite
Neck: ABS Composite
Fingerboard: ABS Composite
Nut & Saddle: ABS Composite
Strings: Aquila Super Nylgut
Scale Length: 13.75 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 21 inches, Body Length: 9.25 inches, Number of frets: 12, Width at upper bout: 4.875 inches, Width at lower bout: 6.25 inches, Width at waist: 3.75 inches, Body Depth: 2.25 inches, Fingerboard width at nut: 1.375 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.625 inches
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There was once a time when: Q: "When do you change ukulele strings?" A: "When you don't need to play your uke for 10 days!" because that's how long a new set of nylon strings took to stretch in. That's become a distant memory with Aquila strings. They stretch out quickly--a day or two, if that. Maybe not uniformly so. I find the second string is taking a lot longer than the others. You can hasten the process by tuning them *slightly* sharp for an hour or so and then backing off. I tend to find Aquila ukulele strings to be stiff. OTOH, a ukulele playing friend who can play rings around me finds lighter/thinner strings sloppy and tells me to change the strings on my other ukes. As they say on the Internet, YMMV.
The gig bag has no padding. A sturdy canvas grocery bag might provide stronger protection, but that's okay because the uke is so heavily built.
I gave the ukulele 4 stars rather than 5 because I find the height of the strings over the fingerboard to be on the high side. The ukulele is made of molded plastic, so one would expect what is true of one instrument is true of all. (If your experience is different, please let me know!) Still, it's a fine instrument and the thought of sending it back never crossed my mind. Still, I would not recommend it as a starter ukulele. With starter instruments, the only thing that matters is playability. Anyone can have a ball with an easy to play instrument, regardless of the tonality. However, the instrument with exquisite tone will sit unused if it's hard to play. It's also not that this instrument is extremely difficult to play but rather that there are many starter instruments that are easier.
The tuner works well and justifies the bump in price for anyone who doesn't already have a tuner.
I spent the extra $10 to get the color combo I wanted, but even $65 is reasonable for uke, hard case, and tuner. I was thinking of getting a hard case for one of my other ukeleles anyways (which seem to run around $35 alone). It still came with the simple drawstring bag as well. I would feel comfortable putting this instrument in that due to its durability.
So far, we've had this for... I dunno, a month or so. And I can't give it a fair review beyond a few facts. First, the strings that came with it were Super Nylgut... Which is what I've purchased and not yet used on my own Ukulele! That said, these things still haven't broken in to the point that they'll hold a tuning. Part of that is my fault for not religiously tuning it everyday, part of that is due to the fact that they weren't even close to tuned when it was manufactured. And I'm not talking a few tones down, I'm saying they were basically thrown on and that's it. They had crazy-wiggle in them, so the tune-up process took 15-20 minutes just to get them close to in-tune. That said, I was hoping they'd break in just a bit quicker, but you've really got to stay on top of them everyday for a few weeks if you want them to break in.. I also can't say they help the tone of the instrument itself; standard Nylguts would probably suffice. I mean, we're talking about plastic here! My wife doesn't think it sounds bad, but compared to an instrument made out of wood, it sounds like garbage to someone who's played stringed instruments most of their life.
Aside from tone, the construction seems very solid. I was concerned that the bridge area would begin to buckle as the strings were tightened, but I've observed little-to-no buckling, so I'm pretty satisfied with it in that regard.
It's light and the dimensions are almost exactly the same as my Luna... Definitely worth the money for what it is, but don't expect a "beautiful noise" out it!