Kala KA-SMHTE-C All Solid Tenor Cutaway Electric

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Regular Price: $494.99

Special Price: $389.99

Kala KA-SMHTE-C All Solid Tenor Cutaway Electric

Regular Price: $494.99

Special Price: $389.99

Availability: In stock



From the very popular all solid mahogany series from Kala come this tenor cutaway with pickup. Great solid Mahogany tone with the classic Martin tone and look. This model comes ready to plug in for live or recording use. Corey samples the SMHT-E for us here (not plugged in)

This is pretty much a Martin tenor that was so well loved and used by Lyle Ritz and a bunch of the first jazz ukulele players. Martin stopped making this model many years ago, but the Kala SMH series really takes off from that classic ukulele but with a tie bridge like a Kamaka Tenor. Voiced to be articulate and still full, this tenor ukulele will give you everything you need. 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. This is not an option, and we do not charge for it.


Additional Information


  • 17 Tenor Scale (Distance from Nut to Saddle)
  • 26-3/8 Overall body length
  • 11-3/4 Body length
  • 6-3/4 Upper Bout
  • 9 Lower Bout
  • 5-1/4 Waist
  • 2-1/2 TO 3-1/8 Arched-Back Body depth
  • 1-3/8 At Nut
  • All solid Mahogany top, back and sides
  • Cutaway Body Style
  • Kala Under-Saddle Pickup with active onboard EQ and tuner
  • Faux Tortoise shell binding with black and white purfling
  • 19 Silver-Nickel Frets
  • Fret position Marks at 5th,7th,10th and 12th frets on neck and top of fingerboard
  • Walnut Fingerboard and Bridge
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony nut and saddle
  • Chrome Die-Cast Tuners



When you buy this ukulele you can get a UkeCrazy gig bag or canvas covered hard case at an additional discount.  (Not required but suggested.) The UkeCrazy gig bag and canvas covered 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.


Brand Kala
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Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

I recommend this product regarding its quality, sound, and price range.
I received this instrument for Christmas and it is so wonderful!
Review by hooliki / (Posted on 6/19/2019)
excellent all purpose instrument
I bought this model last year as my first "serious" ukulele and first tenor. I must say I haven't put it down since. First I thought I didn't like it much but after a few weeks the sound began to open and gets better and better since then. Plus, after a few weeks, it seems to stay tuned forever, just a few adjustments sometimes and here we go !

This instrument is very good for funky strumming. Nuances and variations of the sound are very pleasant even when strumming quite hard and fast. It's good for picking too, overall this instrument is quite versatile and can be played in many styles.

Since then I bought a Pono MGT-PC, I must say I still prefer this Kala, for the Pono is excellent for picking but a bit muddy for my ears when strummed, though it costs almost twice the price.

I must say too that since a few weeks, I have a buzz on the C string from the first fret to the fifth.

When plugged, the sound is a bit agressive, but if you simply turn the treble a bit down on both the ukulele and the amplifier it's sweet and mellow again.
Review by Edgar / (Posted on 4/5/2017)
Great Ukulele, Recommend
Great Uke. Sounds wonderful. Havent tried in electrically, but the acoustic is wonderful. A beautiful instrument. I was very impressed.
Review by Kelsey / (Posted on 8/4/2016)
Couldn't resist...
I'm a big fan of Kala ukes. This is my third and I couldn't resist the vintage look. I had been looking for a cutaway and and this one jumped out as a bargain in solid wood with a great sound. I wasn't disappointed.
Review by Lynn / (Posted on 12/24/2012)

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