Kala SMHT - Solid Mahogany Tenor

Kala SMHT - Solid Mahogany Tenor

Regular Price: $349.99

Special Price $244.99

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Kala KA-SMHT -All Solid Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

Now with a Slotted headstock!

 This all solid tenor is a great place to start your musical endeavor with the ukulele, a great step up from a laminate instrument, or a great backup for those of you with more expensive tenors. It has a very solid construction, but is still relatively light in weight with an excellent balance.

The routing for bindings and purflings is very precise, beating out the competition in this price range with meticulous quality, and now they are making it with a slotted headstock at the same price it was for years with a regular headstock. What a great value! Take a listen-

Voiced to be articulate and still full, this tenor ukulele will give you everything you need. After it goes through our custom setup this model is definitely the model to beat in the under $300 range. Something about an all solid Mahogany tenor is hard to beat. When done right, like the SMHT, it gives a warm full mid-range tone that will have you grabbing your uke and loving the sound! If you just have a starter ukulele step up to an all solid wood one like this and you will truly hear a big difference! Couple that with the setup work we put into it and you will love the Sound and the Feel!!

We are not a marketing focused company. We spend much more time behind a bench making ukes like this one play and feel great. We set up each instrument to ensure you get the absolute best for your money! This includes Saddle and Nut heights, Fret work (usually planing or "dressing"), intonation checks, and a thorough inspection for cosmetic flaw. This is crucial for this middle price range where you can really get close to a high end tenor feel from our work. And always, we are dedicated to giving you honest and expert service and advice!

We always include a humidifier with solid wood instruments. However, if you live in a dry area or use indoor heating or cooling for part of the year, please upgrade to the Oasis humidifier to properly protect this solid wood ukulele.

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Specs

Solid mahogany top, back, and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Wood bindings and rosette, pearl fingerboard position dots. Ebony nut and saddle. Satin finish.

Prices noted DO NOT include case

Model: Kala Solid

Mahogany Tenor
KA-SMHT
Options

When you buy this ukulele you can get a UkeCrazy gig bag, case, or an Oahu case at an additional discount.  (Not required but suggested) The UkeCrazy gig bag and canvas covered hard case, as well as the Oahu hard case can be seen in our cases category under the accessories tab at the top of this page. Other cases can also be chosen there. 

One of the options for this ukulele is to trade out the Herco HE-360, included humidifier, for the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18) at a discount. This is required if you live in a low humidity area.(parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, etc..) or also areas with winter seasons, especially if you are heating the air in your house. For more info refer to the ukulele care link at the bottom of this page. If you think you need to humidify the instrument, then you also need a hard case for a humidifier to properly work, and you need to maintain the humidifier by refilling it as needed. 

Put a note in the special instructions if you need to or would like to let our setup or shipping department know anything. 

After adding this instrument to your cart, you can still create your own package by adding a case or accessories from the website.

Under the accessories tab you can also customize this instrument by adding strap button(s) or your choice of pickup for plugging in. 

Get a free shipping quote by adding this to your cart. If your cart reaches $400 dollars or more, orders to the US will receive free FedEX 2 day shipping. 2 days is the time in transit, your instrument will first go through our setup department so that you get the best instrument for your money. For more information on our setup process, turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below at our footer.

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Brand Kala
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Customer Reviews 15 item(s)

Great sound, great value.
I started out last year with a Mitchell concert and then decided to upgrade to a tenor. After researching on whether to get the $500 Martin or an under $200 laminate I found the Kala SMHT in the middle. I'm blown away with the volume and the sound. I got the low G strings and love the sound.
HMS did a great job with the prep, the price was right and the shipping quick. Also love the slot head look.
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Review by sill / (Posted on 9/23/2014)
buy this uku!!
im not much of a talker.
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Review by jojo / (Posted on 7/30/2013)
Absolute Best in Price Range
Did a LOT of research before choosing this uke. Having played other ukes in this price range, this one blows them away. Nothing too flashy looks-wide but the all solid mahogany makes this uke sing and is not something you will find easily for the same price. The finish is beautiful, and perfectly complements the mahogany and makes it glow. It plays effortlessly and is constructed very solidly with quality materials. I highly recommend this ukulele.
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Review by Logan / (Posted on 3/7/2013)
Nice but
Hello fellow Uke-peeps ! I bought this as an upgrade from my Islander laminate and while is sounds great and looks great it's not great for my hand ! fretboard and neck are to small for my meaty hands ... it's about 1/8 smaller and that's all it takes sometimes. Anyway this is a nice uke and a fair price... great setup just not the right one for me. Good Luck
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Review by Scot / (Posted on 2/27/2013)
Sweet sound
I get a lovely big sound from this well-priced uke. Lots of jealousy in my uke club when people borrow it . . . .
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Review by jangann / (Posted on 2/25/2013)
Highly recommended for students and players alike
This was my first ukulele and it is still one of my favourites. The feel is light but solid and the projection is clear and loud. The mahogany looks good and the construction leaves nothing to be desired. For a first uke or for your first solid uke I highly recommend it.
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Review by Dennis / (Posted on 12/25/2012)
Outstanding instrument for the money!!
After finding out how easy and fun it was learning to play on an inexpensive, entry level uke, I decided to get serious and purchase a better quality instrument. The staff at Hawaii Music Supply helped me pick out the Kala SMHT Solid Mahogany Tenor uke and I am extremely pleased with the selection. Even as a beginner I was able to discern the superior quality of construction and the instrument's full rich tone. My family really enjoyed joining in singing the verses to the Christmas songs I was able to play. I will certainly continue to get my all my uku supplies from Hawaii Music Supply.
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Review by L / (Posted on 12/25/2012)
Sounds great but doesn't look like a solid wood instrument
I love this uke. I put it up against a Collings tenor and the notes are louder, clearer, and deeper. Maybe I got a special one. However, the wood looks like plastic to me. It doesn't look as good as it sounds. Also, after playing for a while the upper bout where my hand lands after strumming looks like its building up oil as there's a shiny spot there. I tried wiping it down after playing but it may be me rubbing the satin finish to a gloss.

If you're moving up to an all-solid instrument, this is a great option.
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Review by NewKid / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Great looking uke with excellent sound
The Kala SMHT solid mahogany was my first ukulele and I've had it for about a year now. I had narrowed my choices down to either the Kala Solid Mahogany or the Solid Acacia Tenor. The folks at HMS were very helpful in responding to my questions and offering their personal opinions regarding the two ukes. I haven't been disapointed in my choice. The ukulele sounded great when I first got it and it just seems to keep getting better with the passage of time. It has a simple but elegant look to it with the solid mahogany body, the simple rossette around the sound hole and the Rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
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Review by Patrick / (Posted on 12/24/2012)
Beautiful Sound, Classy Look, Excellent Value!
I've owned this ukulele for a little over ten months and I couldn't be happier! The setup that was done is superb and I can tell that it truly brought this instrument up to a new level. This is a simple looking ukulele but by no means is it plain. The mahogany grain is gorgeous and I really like the amber finish. As others have said, and can be expected from a mahogany instrument, this ukulele has a warm tone but in my opinion still very pronounced with some "punch" to it - even in the higher register. The notes just seem to pop. In fact, the open E string has a little too much pop and when strumming a chord it tends to be louder than the others if you aren't careful with your strumming. Regardless, in my opinion this is the best value for the money. I have a number of ukulele students who own various brands of ukuleles in the sub $500 range and this one beats them all with clarity and evenness of sound, projection, and playability. Once again, the professional setup was integral to getting this ukulele to perform at its best. Thanks Hawaii Music Supply!
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Review by JJM / (Posted on 12/23/2012)
Great Uke For The Money
You'll be hard pressed to find a better uke for the money. This one projects well and it's loud! Real nice tone and it's easy to play, too! I love playing rhythm blues on this uke while my brother plays harmonica.
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Review by ck / (Posted on 12/23/2012)
Excellent value
Got this ukulele so that I could try a low g string. I have found it to be very well made and sweet sounding. Seems to focus on the low-mid tones. Has a classic look that is not too flashy.
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Review by Kevin / (Posted on 12/23/2012)
Perfect first upgrade!
I have been playing for three months. Correction, learning for three months. I started with a pineapple soprano purchase elsewhere and learned a few things. I started my search having decided I wanted a tenor. I looked at a zillion different sites and ukes. I was leery about buying this online. Reviews from many locations raved about the set up and customer service at the Ukulele Site so I had confidence to move forward. The demonstrations you ate able to view are priceless. After narrowing to three I called directly and was given amazing pressure free advice. They really want you to enjoy your purchasing experience, but even more, the want you to learn and love to play. My uke is great, will buy my next from here as well.
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Review by Lisa / (Posted on 12/23/2012)
Can't be beat for the price
Sounds amazing, projects really well and the setup makes the playability amazingly easy. Awesome ukulele with awesome price. Can't be beat!
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Review by Michael / (Posted on 3/24/2012)
Definetly One of the Best Ukuleles in the sub $300 Range
Ordered this over the phone with MusicGuyMic and got it setup with Worth Browns High-G. Beautiful ukulele through its simplicity, nothing too flashy, the minimal appointments really make the ukulele look nice. However the sound! Super warm, especially with the Worth Brown strings, and I know the tone is only going to get better over time. However it's still very very loud, I play with guitar players often in local library acoustic shows and it's still heard over the others. The HMS setup further compliments the value of this uke! To be honest I was going to get the Islander Solid Mahogany Tenor originally but it was out of stock, but for the same price I was able to get this Kala with Worth Strings and paid shipping so I have absolutely no regrets! Truly an outstanding instrument!
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Review by Josh V / (Posted on 2/25/2012)

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