Kala KA-PSS Pineapple Soprano Ukulele (Discontinued)
The Kala KA-PSS takes the Pineapple ukulele design a step further by applying pineapple skin graphic on its top. While it doesn't affect playability, it does make it easily visually stand out, and makes for a fun looking instrument.
Aside from their distinctive shape, pineapple ukuleles like the Kala KA-PSS actually offer a pretty unique tone. Generally, the more surface area an acoustic instrument has the warmer its tone is going to be. Because of this, a pineapple ukulele is essentially a very warm-sounding soprano uke.
The scale length (the distance from the nut to the saddle), the nut width, and the overall length of the instrument are the same as regular soprano ukuleles. So while the width of the body and its dimensions may be different, the instrument is still very manageable for beginning ukulele players.
- Top: Mahogany
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Walnut
- Frets: 12
The combination of the extra warmth of the pineapple body style and this instrument’s mahogany construction gives this instrument a very pleasing tone which many users love. There are many reports of it being a good grab-and-go instrument at home, and many appreciate how nice it sounds when accompanying vocals.
There are a few who dislike the uke's extra resonance, describing it as thin sounding. Other issues that were brought up point to intonation and inconsistencies with build quality.
With its consistently good market reputation, the Kala KA-PSS is a good pineapple ukulele to closely consider.
Unfortunately this is no longer available new in stores but you can see highly rated alternatives in our guide to The Best Soprano Ukuleles.