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Kala KA-EBY-TE Ebony Tenor Acoustic-Electric Ukulele
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Part of Kala's Ebony Series of ukuleles, the KA-EBY-TE is a tenor-size uke featuring light figured, reddish-brown stripes along its striped ebony bod...Click To Read More About This Product
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Striped ebony gives it striking looks, while active electronics give it exceptional plugged-in performance.
Part of Kala's Ebony Series of ukuleles, the KA-EBY-TE is a tenor-size uke featuring light figured, reddish-brown stripes along its striped ebony body complemented by subtle maple binding. Providing deep, rich, powerful tone, the KA-EBY-TE comes with the popular mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, a Graph Tech NuBone for better resonance, and the UK-300-TR pickup system. This gives you a 2-band EQ with chromatic LED tuner so you can have a quality experience when you need to plug in.
Body size: Tenor
Top: Striped ebony
Back and sides: Striped ebony
Fingerboard material: Rosewood
Fingerboard markers: 5th, 7th, 10th, and 12th frets
Frets: 18 Silver Nickel
Side markers: White dots
Tuners: Open geared with black buttons
Nut and saddles: Black Graph Tech NuBone
UK-300-TR Pickup System
Features: 2-Band EQ with Chromatic LED tuner
Input Impedance: 22 mOhms
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20KHz
Bass: +/-12dB at 100Hz
Treble: +/-12dB at 10KHz
Battery Status: LED
Power Supply: 2 X CR2032 Coin Battery
Only EQ: Over 200 Hours
Tuner on: Over 100 Hours
Pickup: Omega II Piezo Cable pickup
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Comments about Kala KA-EBY-TE Ebony Tenor Acoustic-Electric Ukulele:
I do a lot of small solo coffehouse/winery gigs and mostly play acoustic guitars - I wanted to add some variety to the set and incorporate some ukulele songs and was looking for a decent acoustic/electric model. This thing fits the bill perfectly. First, it looks sharp - it's obviously not a toy. Second, it sounds really nice and full just playing acoustically - much more so than the cheap uke I had learned to play on. The difference in sound quality between this and my old uke is significant. I play through a small PA just to balance the sound, and the onboard pickup and controls work perfectly. I don't use the bass/treble adjustments too much - I typically keep them level and use the PA to manipulate the sound, but I do use the volume control. I just plug directly into the line input on the PA and add a tiny bit of reverb and it's concert ready. I LOVE the fact that there's an onboard tuner, and when it's engaged it mutes the output. This is a great feature for performance, as I can avoid having to run it through any other pedals just to control the tuning.
It stays in tune reasonably well - much better than my old uke - but I still find myself having to tweak it every few songs. That's been my experience with most ukes, so I'm not going to knock it too much. I also tend to strum pretty hard, so that contributes.
Another minor gripe is the location of the input jack - it's on the bottom right (at the "5 o'clock position" if that makes sense). I don't wear a strap and just set this thing in my lap when I play, so a straight instrument cable is kind of at an awkward angle. My solution was to use an angled cable, so it's more or less flush with the instrument.
I also wish this came with a gig bag or custom case - and I would have paid more for something that specifically fit this instrument.
You could pay more for a better uke, but I think this maximizes value and is totally suitable for a semi-pro performer.
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