Kala KA-SA-T All Solid Acacia Tenor Ukulele
Before they opened their California workshop and started their Elite series, this all solid model was the top of the Kala range of ukuleles. Its slotted headstock and decorative fingerboard inlays were a refreshing addition to a market that, at the time, was devoid of good quality mid-level ukes. And while there's still a lot of competiton, the model formerly known as the KA-ASAC-T has stood the test of time. (The name change came about when rosewood became restricted and walnut was used for the fingerboard and bridge instead).
The tone is rich, yet mellow, with a nice chime and complexity to it. While it is fitted with Aquila strings which are on the brighter side, that warmth clearly comes through. I've tried these with fluorocarbon strings too, which really capture the rich tone from the all solid acacia.
The body has smooth, maple binding and there's some lovely, herringbone inlay around it too, which also features on the attractive, and different, soundhole rosette. The inlays that mark the positionson the fingerboard are really different too.
This KA-SA-T from Kala has a black nubone nut and saddle and Grover-made Kala branded geared machine heads - good bits of kit.