Solid Spruce Top Striped Ebony Baritone Ukulele w/ Cutaway & EQ

Model: KA-SSEBY-B-CE

$449

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
11 Reviews
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The elegant, Solid Spruce Top Striped Ebony Baritone has everything: excellent tonewoods, well thought out appointments, ornate herringbone rosette, and purfling framed in Mahogany binding – to give it that extra something, something. Spruce is known for clarity and is consistent, balanced, and has great response, while Ebony provides a strong bass presence and responsive highs for a well-rounded sound profile. This ukulele has a broad dynamic range that works well for both strumming and fingerpicking. The baritone model comes with a rounded, smooth Venetian cutaway and Fishman® Kula preamp.

Bag and Case Information

Fits ALL Kala BARITONE bags and cases

Specs
Size: Baritone
Top: Solid Spruce
Back & Sides: Striped Ebony
Binding: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Finish: Satin
Fingerboard: Striped Ebony
Headstock: Standard
Nut: Bone
Saddle: Graph Tech NuBone®
Truss Rod: Yes
Strings: Aquila Super Nylgut®
Electronics: Fishman® Kula
Measurements

Scale Length: 20.0625 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 30.25 inches, Body Length: 13.875 inches, Number of Frets: 18, Width at Upper Bout: 7.6875 inches, Width at Lower Bout: 10.1875 inches, Width at Waist: 6.5625 inches, Body Depth: 3.125 inches, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.5 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.875 inches

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11 reviews
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    Todd J.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    Very professionally built!

    So far it’s a great stage uke. I like the sturdiness and bigger neck. It’s my new main ukulele now.

  • JK
    Jason K.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    There’s a positive and negative to everything

    I’m very glad I asked Will about upgrading from my Curly Mango , he was very right about the Spruce top. I’ve only been playing for a little over a year but now I have 7 ukes in total. I say that because I really like these instruments. My new Spruce top hasn’t gone on the wall yet and the others haven’t come off, except to record and compare to my first Kala! I’ll be getting the Curly Mango b-tone soon. That one is also very nice but I didn’t get to play it much , like one minute. Freak accident. Sounded and felt nice, ante up time! Therefore, I consider the Spruce top my first Kala. What I first noticed about the Spruce top was that it was very ‘soft’ to move along the neck. I compared it to my others and uhuh!! Not as ‘soft’. Smooth, soft, easy, whatever it’s called. Especially high on the neck, chords and notes up there were noticeably easier to play , shape of the head I guess. I’ll get to appearance later. Secondly, the sound makes me want to keep playing, therefore I’m getting better quickly, and that’s nice. The word ‘soft ‘ pops into my head again when I think of a word for the sound. Maybe switch the name to Soft top. Joke. I guess I could use warm but Warm top doesn’t cut it. The reverb is very nice, sustains well . I guess ‘sleepy ‘ would be the best description. That’s all I have for sound. Lastly, appearance. Bold contrasts in wood tones, sophisticated comes to mind. Trim/edging is same as wood, classy, sophisticated. This ukulele makes…

  • MB
    Mark B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 weeks ago
    Absolutely love it + great CS

    This is without a doubt the best sounding baritone ukulele at its price. I was initially torn between the solid Acacia (KA-SA-B) and this one because honestly, the Acacia looked nicer (love the fretboard inlay) and more traditional. However, it doesn’t come with a pickup/tuner and I preferred one factory installed. But most importantly, after watching hours of YT videos for both ukuleles, I just really loved the sound of the SSEBY. And after receiving it, I was even more impressed with its sound. I was admittedly skeptical initially of the spruce top, given its tendency to be a very bright/shiny tone wood and I was worried it would sound more like a guitar than an ukulele, but Kala knew what they were doing pairing it with the striped ebony. This Uke has the most beautiful deep warm richness to its tone without muddying the midrange that I wasn’t able to find in even $1000+ baritone ukuleles from other brands. And the spruce allows for incredible sustain. It sounds to me like a traditional Koa ukulele that has been EQ’d to boost the low (sub 200hz) and high range (above 1000hz, resulting in a subtle cut in the midrange, making it very easy to balance well with vocals in a mix. Not sure what else I can say other than you just have to hear it for yourself.

    Lastly, just wanted to mention that it initially arrived with the built in tuner not working/registering notes, but I contacted customer service and they had a new one shipped out to me within a week that was flawless

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    Stacey
    Verified Reviewer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Uke. Happiness is a kala

    And this model has it in spades, the look and feel is sublime finish is first class.

    Not so sure about the bridge I think I would prefer pins, and that would be my only gripe.

  • EK
    EMILY K.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    8 months ago
    Solid spruce top baritone with cutaway and EQ

    This uke has an extremely mellow sound which is very relaxing. I love it!

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