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6 and 8 string ukuleles

The stringing in pairs really changes the quality of sound, giving a mandolin or perhaps bouzouki sound quality. Some pairs are in unison (both strings play the same note) and some are in octaves. The instruments presently listed use the standard ukulele tuning of G-C-E-A, so if you can play a standard ukulele the Kala 6 or 8 string will present no change for you with all the familiar chord shapes the same. The only difference is that some strings use a double row.

Setting up is very important on a 6 or 8 string. If the action is a little too high, you will really feel it as you are pressing down more strings. All of our ukuleles benefit from a professional and extensive set up, where we attend to height of the strings at both the top nut and saddle as well as fret leveling and finishing.

Cases for these are easy - a Kala or Kinsman tenor case fits perfectly. Don't forget that we always have an offer for buying both together, please contact us for current offers.

Kala 8 string ukulele KA-8 Kala 8 string ukulele KA-8 Ref: ukuleleKA-8

Please click on the image opposite to see detailed pictures of the front and back.

Specifications
Mahogany top, back sides and neck
Black and cream binding on the top
Cream coloured binding on the back and the fingerboard
Full Gloss Finish
Rosewood faced Fingerboard
with 18 nickel frets and 4 decorative dots
Slotted headstock with decorative maple insert and rosewood facing
NuboneTop Nut and bridge Saddle
Aquila Nylgut Strings

Dimensions
Overall Length 692mm
Lower bout 234mm
Upper bout 177mm
Speaking string Length 431mm

The KA-8 has a mandolin like sound quality which is totally addictive. Although based on a tenor ukulele and uses ukulele tuning with low G, It really sounds like a completely different instrument . Chords sound more interesting, but when picking, the sound really shows a new dimension. When these first came out, I thought that it was perhaps a bit gimmicky, maybe the makers trying to extend the market - how wrong I was, after setting one up and starting to play it, I did not want to put it down. The double stringing also makes this quite a loud instrument if you ask for more volume
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Price: £215.99

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Kala 6 string ukulele KA-6 Kala 6 string ukulele KA-6 Ref: UkuleleKA-6

Please click on the image opposite to see detailed pictures of the front and back.

Specifications
Mahogany top, back sides and neck
Black and cream binding on the top
Cream coloured binding on the back and the fingerboard
Full Gloss Finish
Rosewood faced Fingerboard
with 18 nickel frets and 4 decorative dots
Slotted headstock with decorative maple insert and rosewood facing
NuboneTop Nut and bridge Saddle
Aquila Nylgut Strings

Dimensions
Overall Length 692mm
Lower bout 234mm
Upper bout 177mm
Speaking string Length 431mm

The KA-6 has a bouzouki like sound quality and athough based on a tenor ukulele, really sounds like a completely different instrument. Like the 8 string, chords sound more interesting, and when picking, the sound really shows a new dimension. The extra strings also contribute to quite a bit more volume. The chord shapes are the same as when playing a standard ukulele with G-C-E-A tuning, so if you can play a standard ukulele, the 6 string presents no change for you with all you familiar chord shapes the same. The difference is that the C has a high octave string added and the A has a low octave string added. These really are a lot of fun.
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Price: £199.79

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