Kala Tenor Slot Head Eight String (KA-8)

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Kala Tenor Slot Head Eight String (KA-8)

Regular Price: $356.99

Special Price: $249.99

Availability: Out of stock



The eight string tenor ukulele is often used in Hula Halau’s and with Hawaiian music, but it is a really great instrument with any style. You will really love the smoothness of strumming an eight string. Your fingers just glide across the strings. The sound is like two ukuleles playing together. It creates a more full sound. This Kala eight string is at an entry level price, but, after our setup work, it plays excellent, and as you can see, it looks fantastic!

Additional Information

KA-8 8 String Tenor

  • 17 Tenor Scale (Distance from Nut to Saddle)
  • 27 Overall ukulele length
  • 11-3/4 Body length
  • 6-3/4 Upper Bout
  • 9 Lower Bout
  • 5-1/4 Waist
  • 3-1/8 Body depth
  • 1-1/2 At Nut
  • All Mahogany body
  • Gloss finish
  • Traditional White Binding w/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
  • Open Geared classic tuners

Setup Options

Most people shop with us because of the extensive quality control and final setup work we provide at no extra cost on all ukuleles we ship out. However this is time consuming work and creates a delay in shipping. We are now offering an "Expedited Setup" for those wanting to receive their instrument faster. See details on the Full Setup and Expedited Setup options along with current turnaround times for each at the link- HERE.

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

After you add 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 a pickup installed of your choice for plugging in. 

Get a free shipping quote by after 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 turnaround time, shipping, and return policies, refer to the links below at our footer.


Brand Kala
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Why not an 8-string? No sound like it.
I've always wanted an 8-string, but was holding out for Pono, a higher-end option. (There don't appear to be many options for 8-string.) However, lucked out at finding this Kala model on the racks and fell in love with it (they also had 6-string cousin, which is another flavour altogether - I preferred the 8-string as it felt funny under my fingers having 2 of 4 notes with single strings, like something was missing).

It plays well, it's not harder to play 8 strings; although to be honest I think my fingers get tired sooner on this uke. I find I have to tune a couple of strings each time I pick it up, but they stay in tune for that session. There is a little binding at the nut when tuning, nothing too bad, though I could use some soft graphite to fix that, and the tuning pegs could be slightly higher quality but do the job.

The sound is very rich, the best part of course.

As for cases, the uke-crazy hard-shell fits mine well: better, actually, than some other Kala tenors (for which I recommend the Oahu Hardshell for a snugger fit). The Kala 8-string will NOT fit into the Oahu Hardshell!

Note that the Pono has an adjustable truss rod, which this model doesn't. I haven't had the opportunity to play the Pono 8-string.

BTW, you can hear a little of this uke in the mix on youtube if you look under Kelo O' Like Like, recorded with a bunch of Kala's including this exact model.
Review by Alan / (Posted on 12/29/2012)

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