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Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele

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A sweet sounding tenor ukulele with everyting you need to start having fun.

Kanikapila means lets play music, and playing music is an important tradition in Kohala and all over Hawaii. With the Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele you get everyting you need to start having fun. The KP-T is a Kohala uke calibrated for sweet sound and comes complete with a convenient clip-on tuner, a gig bag, and an instruction book that'll get you strumming in no time.

A tenor ukulele is slightly larger than the concert size and has greater volume and tone than smaller ukuleles. It's a great choice size for most performing soloists.

FEATURES
  • Tenor Sized Ukulele
  • Mahogany Construction
  • Chrome Plated Diecast Tuning Machines
  • Body and Neck Binding
  • Includes Custom Kohala Gigbag
  • Clip-on Ukulele Tuner and Kohala Instruction Booklet.

From the beach to the stage, take this one with you. Order today.

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KohalaKP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele
 
4.4

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (31)
  • Consistent (10)
  • Well built / quality (7)
  • Well made (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (30)
  • Back-up (12)
  • Fun (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (15), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Kohala Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele

I think the tone is exceptional . It has a laminated top, bottom and sides, one piece neck, geared tuners, decent strings, excellent fit and finish, well thought out design and...Read complete review

I think the tone is exceptional . It has a laminated top, bottom and sides, one piece neck, geared tuners, decent strings, excellent fit and finish, well thought out design and execution.
The included tuner works great. I enjoyed the Hawaiian instruction book (Da'kine). A person won't go wrong with this pack especially purchased thru a reputable dealer like MF.
The features were very acceptable for this price range. The gig bag is sure'nuff cool blue but some padding would have made this rating a 10.
Fancy woods or finish you won't find on this uke. It is however very straight and solid, yet light weight. The neck hardly flexed when the strings were tightened. There is binding on the top and fretboard. The fit is excellent. The finish is minimal which probably enhances the tone. A person could put any finish over it which wouldn't be the case if it were gloss or some other overdone finish. The action is a little high for me but the neck and fretboard are straight so the saddle could probably be lowered some. The strings are GHS tenor with what I think to be an aluminum wound 3rd string. The intonation on the second string (nylon) is way off as you go up the neck while all the other strings are dead-on. That isn't a really big deal for a ukulele and I think it is because that particular string is stretchy. Everyone says to get different strings, but I'm going to tie on the closest diameter classical guitar string that I have laying around just to experiment with first.
This is a great value as offered to me by MF. I consider this at the upper end of the scale for a first timer, which makes it a good one for a more accomplished player also. (Has anyone noticed how a really skilled player can make the cheapest bottom end instrument sound like a Stradivarius?)

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Great for beginners and the price

This is not a great instrument; HOWEVER, It sounds fine and is very playable. I bought a couple of them as backups for when friends stop by to jam, and they are perfect...Read complete review

This is not a great instrument; HOWEVER, It sounds fine and is very playable. I bought a couple of them as backups for when friends stop by to jam, and they are perfect for this purpose. I think that they are excellent beginner ukes as well, which is good to know as I have encountered some pretty bad ones in the past. As a note of caution, it took a few days to get the tuning to hold, and you will probably want better strings.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kohala Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele

By Howard Taliaferro

from Midwest

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Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

I think the tone is exceptional . It has a laminated top, bottom and sides, one piece neck, geared tuners, decent strings, excellent fit and finish, well thought out design and execution.
The included tuner works great. I enjoyed the Hawaiian instruction book (Da'kine). A person won't go wrong with this pack especially purchased thru a reputable dealer like MF.
The features were very acceptable for this price range. The gig bag is sure'nuff cool blue but some padding would have made this rating a 10.
Fancy woods or finish you won't find on this uke. It is however very straight and solid, yet light weight. The neck hardly flexed when the strings were tightened. There is binding on the top and fretboard. The fit is excellent. The finish is minimal which probably enhances the tone. A person could put any finish over it which wouldn't be the case if it were gloss or some other overdone finish. The action is a little high for me but the neck and fretboard are straight so the saddle could probably be lowered some. The strings are GHS tenor with what I think to be an aluminum wound 3rd string. The intonation on the second string (nylon) is way off as you go up the neck while all the other strings are dead-on. That isn't a really big deal for a ukulele and I think it is because that particular string is stretchy. Everyone says to get different strings, but I'm going to tie on the closest diameter classical guitar string that I have laying around just to experiment with first.
This is a great value as offered to me by MF. I consider this at the upper end of the scale for a first timer, which makes it a good one for a more accomplished player also. (Has anyone noticed how a really skilled player can make the cheapest bottom end instrument sound like a Stradivarius?)

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy for anyone.

By Seth Storm

from NC

Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

LIke I said I would tell anybody to buy this.
The ukulele came with a baby blue gig bag thats pretty sweet, and a really nice tuner that works not only on uke's but also bass, acoustic, and electric guitar. It also came with that sweet ukelele you see. The body is super light and easy to hold, not only that but it's also super soft from other uke's I have played. The body even had the walnut mark on it which is very pretty. There was only a very small scuff on the bottom of the uke. The strings are diffrent from what I've played as well but in a good way. At first they go out of tune pretty quick but after a few hours of playing they don't go out easy. The neck had no problems to it and the strings sit low to the frets which I truley loved.
Best ukelele I have ever purchased. Nothing I could find was bad about it.
Really worth the money for all that you get.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

cute uke

By James

from undisclosed

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Great Fit And Finish
  • Solid
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Beach Party
    • Easy To Play
    • Fun

    Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

    Wanted to get this for my girlfriend and figured a middle priced Uke would be sufficient.Was shocked when it arrived;the fit and finish was excellent,nearly perfect!It's light but very solid and sounds great.Can't wait till the strings stretch in.No uneven gaps,nice binding,satin finish is very nice and probably helps the tone,which is clear and concise.Chrome tuners is a nice touch,and they are precise.VERY satisfied with this Uke,and it came in only 4days.I might get the Limited Edition in Bubinga so we can play duets.Surprised,and tickled!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good product that I would buy again

    By Don

    from Houston, MO

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Good Sound
      • Great For Beginner
      • Practicing

      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

      Bought for Granddaughter who is beginning on the piano and ukulele. Music instructor was pleased with the quality and sound of this instrument. Would recommend it to anyone.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent tone, fit & finish

      By toddsinclair

      from Seaside, OR

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Great quality
      • Machine gear tuning

      Cons

      • Gig bag is baby blue

      Best Uses

      • Relaxing

      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

      I decided to buy a uke to help me relax on the beach. This is a very good uke, easy to play, great fit & finish. I leaarned to play two songs in on day. You just can't make an angry sound with a uke! (Sorry, Jake...even your more intense songs sound happy...)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Ukeman

      from Syracuse, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Quality Instrument
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Needed Some Setup Work

      Best Uses

      • Fun
      • Practicing
      • Small Venue Gigs

      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

      Nice instrument, especially for the Stupid Deal of the Day price!
      I'm a guitar player, with no uke experience. I'm learning fast and having a ball. Love the tone coming out of this instrument. I did lower the action a bit, filing the back of the bridge and the nut as well. Just a little bit of filing has made this uke a joy to play. Puts me in a good mood instantly - a nice vacation from my recent focus on a blues guitar project.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very happy with this instrument!

      By hpylady

      from Elm City, N.C.

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Cute No Nicks And Dings
      • Good Tone
      • Size Just Right
      • Very Easy To Tune
      • Very Fast Delivery

      Cons

      • No Complaints

      Best Uses

      • Play With Friends
      • Practicing

      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

      I was so pleased with this Ukulele. It is just darling! The size is perfect, sound is very good. It was easy to tune and easy to play. No scars, nicks or dings and I ordered it on Mon. and it arrived on Thursday. The pretty light blue bag is so cute too. I will attaché a padding on the inside front and back to protect it better. I liked the no shipping and no taxes. I am a very happy camper!

       
      5.0

      Great Deal

      By Leo Saggitarius

      from Atlanta

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

        I've been playing guitar over 50 years. Got the urge to get a ukulele and found this deal. Tuner, bag, and little instruction booklet. It's all you need to get started. Tuning is probably a problem with all nylon strings. Uke from Hades? No, it doesn't even have painted on flames.

         
        5.0

        Great Place To Start

        By Da Papa

        from Blanchester, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun to play
        • Good Tone
        • Nice Qc And Build
        • Playabilty
        • Strong
        • Stupid Deal Of The Day

        Cons

        • Needs Retuning

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing
        • Student Model

        Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

        Grabbed it as stupid deal of the day. Nice tone and plays well. Intonation is good. Has a sweet tone for laminates. I will upgrade to solid wood in the future but for now this works well and is fun to play. I replaced the strings two weeks ago and it still needs retuning everyday. Don't know if thats the nature of all ukes or the quality of the tuners. Grab one when it becomes stupid deal of the day again.

         
        1.0

        Poor tuning quality

        By dls13

        from Cold Lake, AB

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Goes Out Of Tune Easily

          Best Uses

            Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

            Whenever I play this ukulele, I strum 3 or 4 times and it goes out of tune. Very frustrating to have to retune over and over again.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            The Uke From Hades

            By BrotherDave

            from Albemarle, NC

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Bad Factory Setup
              • No Projection
              • Poor intonation
              • Poor Tone Quality

              Best Uses

              • Dog Chew Toy
              • Firewood
              • Wall decoration

              Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

              I do not ordinarily write negative reviews. While not an amateur musician I am an amateur ukulele player, which means I play uke for fun. Out of over 20 ukuleles I've tried over the past year, right here is the worst one. I'll never touch another Kohala branded anything again. I thought my Lanakai tenor was mediocre but it is appreciated far more now. Even my Makala Dolphin soprano beats this Kohala tenor in tone and playability.

              The Kohala Kanikapilia has lived in my closet since the day it arrived. I tuned it, checked intonation and hit one chord, then into the closet it went.

              The unpadded bag and the tuner aren't the best either but better than the ukulele itself. I bought this as a STUPID DEAL OF THE DAY and thought I was getting a bargain. The neck binding looked sweet and unique. The looks suckered me in. So the question now is, how can a ukulele that looks so good sound and play so bad?

              The setup is pathetic making it uplayable above the 4th fret. Yes, a pro setup probably might fix the action, but that would do nothing about the lifeless tone. In my opinion it isn't worth doing a pro setup because it would still sound like I'm playing underwater. What is wrong here simply won't be fixed by slapping on a set of Aquila Nylgut strings either. It comes with GHS strings and GHS makes good uke strings. I use GHS Hawaiian Strings on my Makala Dolphin of my own free will. I use Aquila strings on two other ukes and know what they can do, but they can't fix this pretty mess.

              Some beginners never get far because they get a ukulele that fights against them. Right here is the Mike Tyson of ukuleles. It is a struggle for me to play even open chords on this thing and I halfway know what I'm doing. If I was a beginner and I had this uke I'd have given up quickly. Do not buy this for a beginner. Instead buy them ANYTHING else. I suggest the Makala Dolphin, a padded gig bag, a Snark tuner and spare strings which will all cost less than this Kohala model, yet will acutally be fun, playable and sound good.

              And for the reviewer hoping the tone would get better with age, sorry but laminated ukes sound the same decades later as they sounded on day one. You are stuck with the tone of it forever.

              To say this Kohala tenor sounds like a toy uke is an insult to toy ukes because I've played plastic toy ukes that sound and play better than this Kohala. It is pretty however, and it would look great hanging on the wall over your rattan Tiki Bar, just don't take it down and try to play it!

              I would not recommend a Kohala Kanikapila tenor model to a friend. I wouldn't recommend one to my worst enemy either. This is the ukulele from Hades.

               
              5.0

              Good beginners uke

              By Kurly B

              from Cleveland OH

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Starter uke

                  Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                  Good uke for the price. If you are looking to try out the ukulele to see if it's for you, you can't go wrong with this one as an entry point. Slap on a set of Aquila strings to make it sound better and you will enjoy it more. Getting this on the stupid deal of the day was a no-brainer.

                   
                  5.0

                  Stupid deal I was'nt stupid went for it

                  By PGermain

                  from Canada

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Binding
                  • Gig Bag
                  • Great price
                  • Great Shipping
                  • Instruction
                  • Super Look
                  • Tuner

                  Cons

                  • None So Far So Good

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Strummer

                  Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                  I wanted a uke and around my part of the world where I live the same type of uke's were triple the price.
                  Shipping and handling was reasonable. Overall I'm a happy puppy. For a novice in ukulele like me, the tuner was a big plus so I can keep the instrument in tune and the booklet with chords gives me a head start.

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Bang for the buck.

                  By Phreebier

                  from Boynton Beach, Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                    Bought this as a gift for a friend. It was the Stupid Deal of the day so I got it for peanuts. He had a lanakai already. I swear this was the same Uke just different brand name. Even came with a tuner and same blue case as the Lanakai for less than half the price. My friend loves it it. Sounds great and plays as well.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent uke for the price

                    By elbarkorox

                    from New Richmond, Wi

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                    Pros

                    • Booklet A Great Help
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Tuner Included
                    • Nice finish
                    • Strong

                    Cons

                    • Goes Out Of Tune Ez

                    Best Uses

                    • Great Beginners Model
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                    Very comfortable uke, sounds great too. Highest string loses it's tuning quite easy and the break-in period (going on about 10 days- just starting to stay in tune)seems quite long. I am new to nylon strings, so this might be normal. Great instrument for the price. Extras are great too- tuner, booklet and case.

                     
                    4.0

                    Great beginner instrument

                    By Bndtchr

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Nicely Built

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Learning

                      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                      While I'm a professional musician, I'm a vocalist and brass player. This is my first ukulele. It's great for its purpose, helping me decide if I really want to play or not. I would recommend it for beginners. Learn on it and step up.

                       
                      4.0

                      Maika' i Mahele

                      By morrobaymike

                      from morrobay,ca

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Nice finish
                      • Shipped Fast
                      • Well Constructed

                      Cons

                      • Accessories
                      • Gig Bag

                      Best Uses

                      • Solid Strummer

                      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                      Good instrument for the money. The tenor is so much more comforable to play than the standard.I really like this little guy and I hope the mahogany keeps getting sweeter.

                       
                      5.0

                      Love it

                      By xoamandakb

                      from St Paul, MN

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                      This is a perfect uke for a beginner like me. Great quality for the price.

                       
                      4.0

                      Nice Little Uke

                      By safetyman121

                      from Florence, Al.

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                          Has a very good sound with a small neck. this uke would be ideal for a woman or child ot play.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Uke!

                          By ksgtrpkr

                          from Kansas

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Good Tone
                          • Great Craftsmanship
                          • Well made

                          Cons

                          • Cheaper Tuners

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Having Fun
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Kohala KP-T Kanikapila Tenor Ukulele:

                          I've been a guitar player for 35 years, I decided recently I wanted to try a Uke out, but didn't want to get too heavily invested in it incase it wasn't for me. I bought this on the Deal of the Day and am very glad I did. The only thing bad about this Uke was the original strings. I switched those out to Aquilas and Off I went. This is a well made instrument and a fun and easy instrument to learn, It will also add to my stage show along with just having fun with it. I'm going to up grade next to a Martin when I get the fret board down. Another good buy from Musicians Friend!

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