Kala KA-SCAC-T8 Solid Cedar Top 8 String Tenor Ukulele
The Kala KA-ATP8-CTG has long been the benchmark other brands have worked against when designing the perfect mid-priced 8 string ukulele. And with very good reason, these 8 string tenor ukuleles are really something special.
The 8 string ukulele market is so much smaller than many of the other sizes, that particular Kala model always stood out with its combination of cedar and acacia. Which, in itself is not revolutionary so much as it is an evolutionary chapter in the history of the ukulele, our ears have learned not to treat them like mandolins and ukes like this really hit the spot for so many people. If you want a confident sound suitable for complex noodling, fingerpicking, classical or just a good loud stummer; Kala have had this model up their arsenal.
Kala are one of those brands that really make the effort needed to stop their ukuleles getting a bit samey or boring and a popular opinion about these models and other recent new releases were that replacing the slotted headstock with a similar looking but slightly trimmed and lightweight slotted headstock. The tuners are lighter than they used to be too which would make it more comfortable to many players and better balanced overall.
Switching the red padauk binding to a darker, more elgant looking rosewood is a lovely touch as well that gives the Ukulele a more grown up feel to match the sound it produces. This model is now known as the KA-SCAC-T8.
Finally, Kala have changed the neck and headstock to satin but kept the body as a high gloss so you get the feel of a lived instrument and the sound and brightness of a spangly bright new one at the same time.
Top: Solid cedar
Back and sides: Laminate acacia
Finish: High-gloss body, satin neck
Tuners: Lightweight geared inline
Strings: Aquila super nylgut
Nut and saddle: Graph tech NuBone®
Scale length: 16.9375 inches,
Overall instrument length: 27.0 inches,
Body length: 11.75 inches,
Number of frets: 18,
Width at upper bout: 6.875 inches,
Width at lower bout: 9.125 inches,
Width at waist: 5.5 inches,
Body depth: 3.0 inches,
Fingerboard width at nut: 1.5 inches (38mm),
Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.875 inches