Natural Mahogany Banjo Concert Ukulele



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Based on 2 reviews

The Natural Mahogany Banjo Concert Ukulele is a creative application of some of the banjo’s beloved characteristics, in true ukulele form!

A new Americana addition for 2022, this model delivers the same "banjolele" charm at a lower price point, with a more overtly rustic look than its Black Maple counterpart. With a twangy tone, mellowed by its nylon strings, this Kala banjolele design is outfitted with a Remo Weatherking® Banjo Head, Natural Mahogany back & sides, a floating bridge, and a custom Banjolele Gig Bag.

Bag and Case Information

Fits Kala Banjo Ukulele bags and cases.

Size: Concert
Neck: Mahogany
Finish: Stained Satin Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Headstock: Banjo Standard
Nut: Graphtech Nubone (Natural)
Saddle: Maple/Ebony Cap
Strings: Aquila Super Nylgut®
Electronics: N/A
Includes: Banjo Ukulele Gig Bag
Head: Remo Weatherking®
Back & Shell: Five-Ply Maple

Scale Length: 15.0 inches, Overall Instrument Length: 24.25 inches, Shell Diameter: 8.0 inches, Shell Thickness: 0.375 inches, Number of Frets: 18, Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1.38 inches, Fingerboard width at neck/body joint: 1.81 inches

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Reviewed by John P.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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Weird, Fun, Funky and Worth Every Penny

The banjo uke or soprano-ish banjo has been the weird, happy hobo uncle of America's musical past since around the start of the 20th century, it seems. You can spot it tucked into some of the more intricate jazz orchestra photos from New Orleans and Chicago, along with the occasional raccoon coat-wearing arch college funboy during the uke craze of the 1920s. A bit rare yet ever-present. I've always secretly wanted one.

So this mahogany re-issue from Kala took me by surprise at its price point, almost too good to be true. I've had it less than a week but I thought it deserved a cursory review to let you know ... it's kinda amazing, for the money. The neck feels great, the frets are set in nicely, there are no buzzes and the floating bridge is easy to nudge into place for very playable intonation. The very basic nature of the back and headstock really add to the "primitive" vibe while the hardware and head feel like something on a much more expensive instrument. It's loud, but not like the 100-plus-year-old tenor banjo I inherited from my grandfather -- this little guy has a softer, folkier chirp thanks to the Nylagut strings. Not too much sustain, but an even response from string to string across the neck and down the frets.

If you're on the fence, I'd say just get it -- it's simply fun and if nothing else it make any setting a little funkier just sitting off in the background.

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Reviewed by Michael K.
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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Not a bad instrument

I like the fact that this sounds more banjo than Uke but can still be played using Uke chords. God for some songs that require a more jarring sound. Seems to be well constructed, time will tell.

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