Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors)

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4.2

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The Kala Makala Dolphin Uke is a great entry level ukulele from one of the great ukulele makers. Sam Ash Direct has the lowest price and fast free shipping.

The vibrant colors, fun design, and low price of the Kala Makala Dolphin ukulele make you think that this is not a serious instrument. Make no mistake, the fine agathis wook body, rosewood fingerboard and brige, and quality open gear tuners make the Kala Makala Dolphin a fine choice for an entry level instrument for players of all ages.

Kala is one of the premier makers of ukuleles in the US with 120 different models with a host of features, designs, and tonewoods. In creating the Makala line of entry level Ukes, Kala keeps in mind that the quality they put into their beginners models will translate into satisfied customers for their more advance ukuleles. Includes gig bag.

Get your Kala Makala Dolphin Ukulele from Sam Ash Direct today and get fast free shipping and the guaranteed lowest price. We provide 24/7 customer support and a best in class 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

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  • Ukulele
  • Gig Bag
Series Kala Novelty Series
Model MK-SD

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KalaDolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors)
 
4.3

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Makes me happier!

By 

from Albemarle, NC USA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cute
  • Decent Factory Setup
  • Good Intonation
  • Good Tone
  • Sturdy
  • Travels Well

Cons

  • Flimsy Gigbag
  • Maybe Too Cutesy
  • No Concert Version
  • No Tenor Version
  • Painted Side Marker Dots

Best Uses

  • Camp Uke
  • First Uke
  • Gigging
  • Travel Uke

Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

The 4 stars I give it are not just "for the money" but out of all the ukes I've tried over the past year of my ukulele journey. I own 3 other ukes costing much more that are within easy reach here, yet the Dolphin is my favorite. Amazing tone and a good setup out of the box so it is easy to play. This is no toy! Compared to my other ukes after the strings settled in the Dolphin has better intonation and is just more fun to play. The Dolphin has an agathis (piney wood) laminate top and the back and sides are a one piece polycarbonate bowl with a gently rounded shape to the back. It produces a warm round tone slightly reminiscent of the FLUKE uke tone for 1/5th the price. It is very similar construction to a Fluke. While it is not a Fluke, it is comfortably loud and projects fairly well with the stock black nylons. I never would have tried one if I had not happened upon one at a consignment shop because the stores I usually buy ukes from don't stock Dolphins and now I think I know why! If you play this and then any wood laminate model, you are walking out with this one for way less profit for the store. After trying the used one I got a new one intended to be a travel uke, but it is now the one I pick up every single day and my others are not seeing any daylight. The Dolphin is often called the best starter uke for the money, however it might be all the soprano uke anyone needs. My other ukes are wood laminates from the brand that is supposed to make you happy, but the Dolphin makes me happier! Maybe someday I'll get an all koa one made by Kamaka, but till then I can honestly say the Dolphin is MY soprano of choice.

It isn't all good as the included gig bag is only slightly better than nothing and essentially a dust cover. If you plan to carry it around you'll need to get a padded soprano bag with zippered pockets or even a hard case for a Dolphin. The finish on these will chip if you bump it hard but it will take more abuse than I thought as I've banged it around pretty good with only one BB sized corner chip. GET A BETTER BAG for travel! The side marker dots are just dabs of black paint and will wear off eventually but a Sharpie pen will remedy that so no biggie. That is really all I can complain about.

Stock Dolphins come with black nylon strings that I think are the GHS Hawaiian strings (or similar) and they sound and play fine in spite of all the people preaching to put Aquilas on it. I have 2 ukes I keep setup with Aquilas and I actually prefer the gentler warmer black nylon tone on a Dolphin. I know what Aquilas do, but for this uke I really fell in love with the Black Nylon tone for the first time. There's no need to change strings right away but buy a spare set of GHS Hawaiian Soprano strings to keep handy. Black nylons sound perfectly Hawaiian on it after they settle in in a week or two with a traditional islandy tone you've heard on thousands of records made over the past 80 years. All new uke strings require retuning frequently until they stretch out and settle down so you'll be retuning it frequently for a while. I sped up the string break in time by tuning it up a full step at the end of the day and leaving it like that overnight, then re-tuning before playing the next day as you normally would.

I'm not a professional uke player, but for 40 years I was a professional electric bassist and I know a good tone when I hear it and this thing is just fine. I recommend it not only to beginners but to anyone who wants to have more fun when they play. Everytime I pick it up I'm perfectly happy. You can spend five times more and get much less happy. GET THIS ONE! Add a padded gig bag, spare strings, a Snark or similar clip-on electronic tuner and hit the internet for tutorials and uke tabs and you'll be all set for your ukulele journey. I just read where Kala is doing a new model called the SHARK which is just like a Dolphin but has a meaner looking great white shark bridge instead of the cutesy dolphin bridge. I'm getting a Shark version just as soon as I can! If they made a concert and tenor models of these I'd buy those too. I've tried out at least 20 ukes in the past year and the Dolphin is the best uke for the money or even three times the money, so stop looking and start playing one!

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5.0

great price and value

By 

from Florida

Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

I'm 15 years old and I wanted a cheap ukulele to decorate as a reflection of my life . this uke has a kick butt sound ! Mine is white and has sparkles (how it came out of the box ) its small portabul buuuuut it was supper out of tune and a tad dirty , just would shavings and a tiny bit of dust ,,,, nothing extreme . its great and a joy to play on

love Amy dop

 
5.0

Great Value!

By 

from Columbus, OH

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Pros

  • Cost
  • Playability
  • Potential durability
  • Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General UsePractice

    Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

    I have many other ukes in different sizes that cost much more than this one. This one puts out stronger and clearer sound than many that cost over twice as much. The action is set well, and it is easy to just pick up and play. Its sound reminds me of the plastic-bodied Flea, although the Flea is even louder. For ukes in this price range, the plastic body is a plus. It resonates and produces stronger sound than wood ukes you will find in the $100 and under price range. It is also more forgiving of rough treatment and less than ideal atmosphere (heat, moisture, etc.). I plan to change the strings to Worth clears, which should make the sound warmer and brighter. I got this as a toss-around, and carry around in the car kind of instrument. But as nice as it is to play, I will probably use it more than I intended. It doesn't rate 5 stars for excellence in the same way that my Koaloha uke does, but in terms of value for the money, it could go higher than 5, if it were possible.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    got a lil better than what i payed for

    By 

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Pros

    • cheap
    • CUTE COLOR
    • Good strings
    • Nice tuners

    Cons

    • Cheap Fretboard
    • Scratches

    Best Uses

    • As beginners
    • Probably everything

    Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

    I just love this uke. I have been playing guitar for many years, but I got motivated to play uke. After researching, I found about these and bought it. Out of the box it is not tuned and you will need to tune it for many days. Sound is pretty good and it just looks great. Almost everything is great except it had some cuts and scratches. However I think it is exceptionally good for this price range.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    the best cheap entry level ukulele

    By 

    from pico rivera, ca

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    Pros

    • Excellent Finish
    • Frets polished and finish
    • Good playabillaty
    • Nice sounding
    • Not a scratch on it

    Cons

    • Action a little bit high
    • Could need string agrade

    Best Uses

    • Learning to play the uk

    Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

    This Is a very nice ukulele for the price you pay. The strings take a while to keep the key,but after a while their okay. Buy one before the price goes up.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Warm sound, Great little ukelele

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    from Cincinnati, OH

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    Pros

    • Easy on the ear
    • Easy to play
    • Flawless Finish
    • Many color choices
    • Sturdy for youngsters
    • Very pretty
    • Warm sound

    Cons

    • Not a loud uke

    Best Uses

    • Beginners
    • Fun and easy playing

    Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

    I purchased this uke for my very young granddaughter after reading several online reviews by experienced players who rated it highly in spite of the plastic body and price. I have really enjoyed playing it myself! It is surprisingly warm considering the plastic body and easy on the fingtips. The strings seem low enough to the fretboard for easy fingering. Appreciated the color choices. The dolphin has a little eye on it. Might order one for myself!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for beginners

    By 

    from SC

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

    A fun Uke
    Provides a good sound
    nothing really bad about it

     
    4.0

    Good bang for your buck

    By 

    from STL

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good fretboard
    • Holds Tune
    • Kids
    • price

    Cons

    • Needs better strings

    Best Uses

      Comments about Kala Dolphin Bridge Soprano Ukulele (Assorted Colors):

      Got this to keep my 3 year-old happy while picking up an Epiphone for my 10 year-old. She loves it, carries it everywhere and is learning how to strum and pick. I've toyed around with it and enjoy it, too. Durable product--it's banged up after being handled by the 1 year-old (who is also learning how to strum) but withstood the punishment well. Holds a tune well; first week I had to retune everything but the A string every five minutes, but it'll hold a nice tune after some breaking in.

      Definitely worth the money.

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