Established in 2005 out of Northern California, Kala offers ukuleles best suited for beginner to intermediate level musicians who are looking for well-made, quality instruments at an affordable price. Kala offers over 120 ukulele models, including travel, tenor, baritone, bass (their U-BASS), soprano, electric/acoustic, and concert style ukulele. They also create instruments in a variety of unique styles and colors, including camouflage, metallic blue, pineapple design, bright pink, and mahogany finish.
Founded by Mike Upton, a former Hohner employee at their location in Hawaii, Kala is a favorite of high profile musicians like Michael McDonald, Joe Brown, and Jim Mayer from Jimmy Buffet's band. However, they are also popular in classrooms and with students, particularly young players who enjoy the vibrant colors and contemporary-inspired prints. To help augment playing and transportation, Kala sells an assortment of ukulele accessories including pitch pipes, cases, clip-on tuners, straps, stands, hangers, and method books bundles.