Reviews and Problems with KALA Makala Tenor Ukulele
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13 January 2012
Summary: My thirty-year-old daughter told me that she wanted a ukulele for Christmas! The only clue that I had for finding the perfect uke was that she wanted a ukulele that would ease her into playing the guitar. The first website that I went to was Amazon, of course. I did visit other websites but came back to Amazon. After much searching for that uke, (do you know how many brands of ukeleles are out there?); I did my homework and purchased the Makala Tenor Ukulele.
Summary: I bought this as a gift for my step-father for Christmas 2011. It was the best rated ukulele on Amazon for what I considered to be a reasonable price so despite not knowing anything about ukuleles, I took a chance. When it arrived I took a look; it wasn't a flashy instrument but it had it's own simple beauty. My step-father was really excited when he opened his present and he immediately started playing it after a quick tuning.
Summary: I bought my first Ukulele being greatly influenced by the glowing reviews for the Makala Tenor Ukulele. But, I'm sorry to say that for me, the Makala proved to be a load of rubbish and not worth the money. I will explain. The varnish around the soundhole is incomplete and leaves the circular cut of the soundhole edge 3/4 without varnish. The fretboard near to the soundhole has been square cut but the finished cut is poor leaving the edge dog-eared.
Summary: When I first received this ukulele, the strings were VERY loose. I had to tighten it up, then tune it. However, no matter how hard I tried, it would not tune properly. The sound that comes from this instrument is absolutely horrible. It sounds nothing like a ukulele. What an awful waste of money! No matter what song is played, they're all completely unrecognizable.
Summary: This Ukulele is fun to play. The included strings are cheap, i suggest replacing them. The uke sounds nice, it's made of agathis, and i like the satin finish. The body seems a little bit thin and fragile, so i'd be careful and not toss it around. overall, its a pretty good ukulele.
Summary: Made in China but you would never guess it. The set up was very well done. The strings seem to be an up-grade, compared to other ukes in this price range, and stay in tune very well. And the sound is bell-like and very clear. A really good deal.
Summary: I'm a beginner, looking to upgrade to a tenor from my inexpensive soprano, but not break the bank. This really is a beautiful uke, nice wood, good strings (black nylon, not at all toy-like), nice rich sound. No complaints.
Summary: I've played guitar for a few years but recently have been bored of it but still wanted to play music. I visited a friend who had a ukulele and thought it was so much fun I had to get one. Originally I was going to get the Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele but when I went to my local music store to try one out I played a bunch of different sizes and liked the tenor the best.
Summary: I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now and purchased a Makala MK-T as my first ukulele. Overall I am very pleased and would definitely make the same purchase again. As it is my first ukuleke, I don't really have anything to compare it to, but a friend of mine who has a few higher end Kalas said that it is a very solid ukulele for the price. I do want to note that I did not purchase the ukulele on Amazon - I bought it from MusicGuyMic on eBay.