Kala String Solid Cedar Top Baritone Slothead (KA-ABP8-CTG 8)

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Regular Price: $459.99

Special Price: $339.99

Kala String Solid Cedar Top Baritone Slothead (KA-ABP8-CTG 8)

Regular Price: $459.99

Special Price: $339.99

Availability: In stock

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Multi stringed instruments, like this 8 string baritone, are often looked at as "harder to play". Though they take a bit longer to tune, when built and setup correctly, they are a joy to play. Certain aspects, like smooth strumming, can even be easier. This new model from Kala is not only very "playable," but it has a gorgeous deep tone we really like. Take a listen as Kalei gives us a raw sound sound sample of this unique and beautiful instrument.

On top of sounding fantastic, the woods are beautiful! Warm tones of western red cedar and acacia are framed of with the seductive Padauk binding. This is shown off with a thin, glassy finish. The padauk bound fretboard and slotted headstock add to the classy, yet natural, style of this model. An incredible new baritone from Kala Brand Music Company! 

The Baritone ukulele is the same tuning as the high four strings on a guitar, DGBE. The standard ukulele GCEA tuning doesn't do this, and vise versa. Both GCEA and DGBE are the same intervals in different keys, so the same shapes will apply. But you'll find it leads you into different styles of play. This ukulele has the unique 8 string with a high D and low D, high G and Low G, and unison doubled B and E. What you get is something that fills the room with amazing sounds.

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 because you can really get close to a high end feel from our work. No one is more qualified than our crew to do these final adjustments, and unlike your normal retail shop, we aren't afraid to dig in and do some real work for our customers! And always, we are dedicated to giving you honest and expert service and advice!

Additional Information
Specs

Kala KA-ABP-CTG Solid Cedar Top Baritone Slothead

  • SIZE: Baritone 8 String
  • TOP: Solid Cedar
  • BACK & SIDES: Acacia
  • BINDING: Padauk
  • FINISH: Gloss
  • NECK: Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Walnut
  • NUT & SADDLE: GraphTech NuBone®
  • HEADSTOCK: Slotted
  • STRINGS: Aquila Super Nylgut®
MEASUREMENTS
  • Scale Length: 20.25 inches
  • Overall Instrument Length: 31.5 inches
  • Body Length: 14 inches
  • Number of frets: 19
  • Width at upper bout: 7.75 inches
  • Width at lower bout: 10.25 inches
  • Width at waist: 6.625 inches
  • Body Depth: 3.288 inches
  • Fingerboard width at nut: 1.497 inches
  • Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.87 inches
Options

When you buy this ukulele you can get a gig bag or canvas covered hard case at an additional discount. This is not required but suggested. The 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. 

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 now offer "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.

Custom Options

We can install the MiSi with its rechargeable preamp or the new L.R. Baggs 5.0 ukulele pickup. You can add strap buttons by going to the strap button installation listing from the Accessories tab at the header menu, after adding this to your cart.

Extra Options

The Herco HE360 is the included humidifier. You can upgrade to the more expensive Oasis Ukulele Humidifier (OH-18 or OH-5+). This is a must if you live in a low humidity area (parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, etc.), or if you heat the air most of the day and night. For more info see our Ukulele Care link at the bottom of the site.

If you want a different set of strings you can buy them at the strings section, and note that you want us to change them in the Special Instructions.

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Brand Kala
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Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

Awesome
Just delivered to my home in Massachusetts must say Iโ€™m in love with the rich sound. Pickup and setup were spot on. This is my third uke from the uke site and probably not my last
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Review by Drew / (Posted on 5/17/2019)
all posative
just received this beauty I haven't plugged it into the amp yet but already fell in love with the sound. Thankyou all. Great company to deal with
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Review by Drew / (Posted on 5/15/2019)
Opens up new possibilities...
I purchased this from HMS and the setup was perfect, though the string tension on is a bit loose with the stock strings, so that means you need to use a lighter touch when playing this one... I have looked for alternative strings to use but so far have had no luck. I think Kamaka makes an 8 string baritone so I might try their strings on this Kala to see if they add a bit more tension. As for sound, this is an amazing instrument, giving you a sort of 12-string guitar sound with the warmth of nylon strings... The 8 string baritone is really ideal for bluegrass and blues playing more than traditional ukulele style.
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Review by John / (Posted on 10/16/2017)
Unique instrument to explore!
I purchased this from HMS and the setup was perfect, though the string tension an 8-string baritone is a bit loose, and that means you need to use a lighter touch when playing this one... I have looked for alternative strings to use but so far have had no luck. I think Kamaka makes an 8 string baritone so I might try their strings on this Kala to see if they add a bit more tension. As for sound, this is an amazing instrument, giving you a sort of 12-string guitar sound with nylon strings... The 8 string bari is really ideal for bluegrass and blues playing more than traditional ukulele style.
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Review by JJ / (Posted on 10/16/2017)

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