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Kala MK-B Baritone Ukulele
- Sounds Great
- Great Playability
- Geared Tuners
- Satin Finish
- Great Quality for the Price
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The Kala MK-B Baritone Ukulele offers a fresh approach to ukuleles. The body of the MK-T is crafted of agathis, a wood that is similar in appearance and tonal properties to mahogany, along with a rosewood bridge. The MK-B pumps out a lot of sound, and delivers a warm tone. The mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with 18 brass frets. Guitar players will find the transition easy to the baritone ukulele because of the D-G-B-E tuning, low to high, and they will love the low action and ease of playability The Kala Makala MK-B Tenor Ukulele is extremely affordable and a great way to get started on the ukulele. Case not included.
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As for the Kala itself, it looks pretty, sounds great, and has an adjustable neck. Nothing on it really screamed "Cheap" to me while at the same time it's not too nice where I feel bad taking it to austere environments.
If you play a guitar, you will love this instrument. It literally uses the same chords as a standard guitar (for the most part) you just have to get used to playing without your first two strings and a smaller fret board.
I've been able to play any song I can play on the guitar on this Ukulele.
Now this ukulele is much much larger than even my Tenor. It feels ridiculous at first, and I'm 6'3" but soon starts to feel right. The top frets are very far apart compared to my other ukes. The first 3 frets on my concert size fit in just the first 2 frets on this Baritone. Even with my large hands it's a bit of a stretch on some chords.
(By the way, Baritone Ukes come with different tuning than smaller Ukes, and require different chord shapes - that is why I spent the $8.00 to buy the GCEA tuner strings so I wouldn't have to relearn different chords).
5 Stars! Can't believe what a fantastic value this Makala is. I strongly recommend.
The only issue I had with this uke was with the strings (which is why I only rated this 4-stars instead of 5). The 3rd & 4th strings are wire-wound, which is not unusual, but these particular ones are VERY dead feeling and sounding compared to other wire-wound strings and the 1st & second strings on the uke, which are black nylon. This makes the upper and lower strings contrast in quality quite a bit. The lower strings did improve in sound over time with playing, but I will be replacing all the strings with nylon (not available on Amazon as far as I could tell) soon.
Update 9/3/12: This uke was restrung with all-nylon Worth brown strings. For comparison with the original, a video is on[...]. Now I have a 5-star baritone ukulele.
That said, I was impressed at how well this uke played right out of the box. The strings keep a relatively good tune, but they do require more adjustment than I am used to. The sound is pretty rich. This uke is not a toy. It is also not something a professional musician will want to bring on the road. I give four stars because its inability to keep a consistent tune for more than 20-30 minutes of play does diminish it a bit, but I don't expect a whole lot more out of something that costs less than $80.
This is a really good quality baritone ukulele.
My granddaughter is left-handed so I restrung the Makala to lefty..no problem.
Tuned it up and it plays very well.
The tuners aren't great but they work ok. The finish is nice, I could find no flaws. Neck truss rod is accessed through the sound hole..a plus for a lower priced ukulele.
Overall a very good buy that will last a long time I'm sure.