Waterman Ukulele Review

Introduction

Kala has been releasing one after another good ukuleles ever since its inception. Although it is fairly a new brand, it’s definitely here to stay. The traditional ukuleles Kala have been coming out with are mostly high quality in an affordable price range.

Today we are going to discuss about the talk of the town- Waterman ukuleles by the brand Kala. The brand has once again caught everyone’s attention with its unique plastic ukuleles. Waterman is entirely made of plastic except the strings and tuners of course. 

This ukulele is definitely an exquisite ukulele piece and every instrument lovers are rushing to keep one in their collection. It comes in different colors and sizes. However, is it any good? Does it sound like a ukulele? 

Let’s discover that as we review some of the Waterman ukuleles in this article for you.

1. Kala Waterman Glow in the Dark Soprano Ukulele

Kala Waterman Glow in the Dark Soprano Ukulele

The name should have already caught your attention. Yes, they meant it when they said “glow in the dark”. This is the first Waterman ukulele we are going to review. Let’s dive into it. It has been rated 4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Build Quality

As mentioned before, the body is made of plastic but specifically the ABS composite variant. This kind of plastic is known to be very durable under challenging conditions and corrosive chemicals. The tuners are an open gear which means the ukulele is going to be light weight. This ukulele is water resistant.

Color Options

The Kala Waterman Glow in the Dark Soprano Ukulele has two color options. They are Aqua blue and Yellow in matte finish. This ukulele actually glows in the dark as it advertised. The head doesn’t glow. This ukulele piece is definitely a unique piece for its glowing feature.

Tonal Ability

The tone of the ukulele is most definitively not as great as the traditional wooden ukuleles. The strings attached are Aquila Super Nylgut and they are known for great tone. This ukulele sounds clear but not as loud. So definitely think this through if you are getting this one.

Price

The price is $40 on Amazon. It is an affordable price point and it comes with a logo bag pack which is a win- win at this price.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Unique glow in the dark feature
  • Water resistant
  • Non toxic plastic material
  • Aquila strings
  • Gig bag included
  • Light weight

CONS

  • Not as loud as traditional ukuleles
  • Average tone

2. Kala Black Concert Waterman Ukulele

Kala Black Concert Waterman Ukulele

Don’t worry, Kala kept in mind about the players who need bigger fretboard or in general bigger ukuleles. The concert size is one size bigger than the sopranos. The concert ukulele has 4.4 stars on Amazon. We are going to review the Kala Black Concert Waterman Ukulele next.

Build Quality

This ukulele is also made of ABS composite plastic overall. This plastic variant has no toxic carcinogens in it. The tuners are Nickel-plated Open Gear Tuners which can be difficult to tune but gets the job done. The fretboard is also plastic and has zero frets in it. This ukulele was a bit heavier than the first ukulele in our list.

Color Options

The concert Waterman ukuleles have two color options which are black and sea foam green. Both of them have a matte finish. The color makes them look very stylish and definitely a collective piece. It looks like the usual high quality Kala ukuleles and not like a plastic one!

Tonal Ability

As it’s a concert size ukulele, we expected it to be a bit warmer and softer than the soprano Waterman one. It turned out warmer like we thought. It is definitely not superior to the wooden concert ukuleles as they have a greater sound payout.

Price

The Waterman Concert Ukulele’s price is a bit higher than the soprano ones as it should be. Its price is $60 and comes with a gig tote bag and a quick start guide too. As this ukulele is 23 inch length, so the price is quite justified.

PROS

  • Matte finish
  • Non toxic plastic material
  • Custom Gig tote bag
  • Quick start guide
  • Good color options
  • Water resistant

CONS

  • Not as loud as traditional ukulele
  • Bit expensive
  • Difficulty in tuning

3. Kala Waterman Soprano Ukulele Fluorescent

Kala Waterman Soprano Ukulele Fluorescent

The Kala Waterman Soprano Ukulele in Fluorescent is definitely a rare type of ukulele. This ukulele is transparent and it definitely looks very attractive. Let’s see how the other features turn out to be!

Build Quality

Like you would have guessed, this ukulele’s body is also made of ABS composite plastic. The overall top, back, sides, fingerboard, nut and the saddle are all plastic. But the tuners are Nickel-plated Open Gear Tuners. The body is very durable and water resistant which can be great for outdoor activities such as camping.

Color Options

The color options on this Waterman ukulele are abundant. Anyone can get their favorite colors for fun. The options are fluorescent orange, pink, purple, green and blue which give a vintage 70’s vibe. The ukulele looks great out in the sun due to its transparent body.

Tonal Ability

The tonal ability on the Kala Waterman Fluorescent was a bit surprising. It sounded warmer and not as pitchy like we expected but nothing like the wooden traditional ukuleles. 

Price

The price of the fluorescent Waterman ukulele is $40. It falls in the budget friendly price range and if you want this as your 2nd or 3rd ukulele, it is definitely worth a shot.

PROS

  • Unique colors
  • Durable non toxic plastic
  • Water resistant
  • Beginner friendly
  • Good tones
  • Budget friendly

CONS

  • Difficulty in tuning
  • Not loud as wooden ukuleles

Final Thoughts

That’s a wrap on our review for the Waterman Ukuleles. Kala’s Waterman Ukulele is unquestionably unique and worth a purchase. It is beginner friendly and affordable. But make sure you have a pro to tune the ukulele for you as it can be quite difficult. 

Make up your mind and see which one is more your vibe to add to your collection! Have a great day!

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