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The Kala KA-SSEBY-B-CE baritone cutaway ukulele has a solid Sitka spruce top with laminated striped ebony back and sides. Unlike the other models in the Striped Ebony series, the KA-SSEBY-B-CE has a cutaway and Fishman Kula pickup.
The solid top offers more bass, resonance, and volume than the laminated tops found on many beginner ukuleles.
Ebony is often associated with fingerboards, but some companies have experimented with using it as a tonewood. Many people don’t realize that ebony isn’t always pure black and can often have beautiful figuring or “striping” as seen on this model.
In addition to the striped ebony back and sides, the KA-SSEBY-B-CE has a striped ebony fingerboard. Other appointments include wood binding, open-gear tuners, and a satin finish.
The KA-SSEBY-B-CE is available in two other sizes: the concert-sized KA-SSEBY-C and the tenor-sized KA-SSEBY-T.
I have not yet reviewed the KA-SSEBY-B-CE. However, I’m generally a fan of Kala products and feel that they make very good ukuleles for the money.
As the manager of a small music store, I’ve played hundreds of Kala ukes and they have been consistently good instruments.
- Body Size: Baritone
- Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides: Striped Ebony (Laminated)
- Scale: 20″
- Nut Width: 1.5″
- Finish: Satin
- Strings: Aquila Nylgut
- Electronics: Fishman Kula