If you have an interest in the Kala brand uBass, then this is the blog for you.
The uBass Appreciation Society is the first blog on the Internet solely dedicated to those who play, or are interested in, the Kala brand uBass, a combination baritone ukulele and bass guitar. This ground-breaking 21″ short scale bass guitar produces the same pitches as a standard bass and is the closest you can come to the sound of an upright acoustic bass without an actual upright.
This blog is for all those interested in playing tips, news and information about the Kala brand uBass.
*We are not affiliated in any way, nor are we supported by, the Kala Brand Music Co., its employees or related companies.
— Dean Tomasula – uBass Appreciation Society
Mike Upton trying out a set of Dreads strings on the uBass.
Spice up your playing and add a little color to your life by replacing those boring, old, black Pahoehoe strings on your uBass with a new set of brightly colored “Dreads” strings.
They’re the same Pahoehoe formula as the regular strings, but they come in black, green, yellow and red. And while you’re at it, might as well play some Reggae in honor of these colorful babies.
According to Mike Upton of Kala, the Dreads feel a bit smoother than the black Pahoehoe, even thought they are not significantly different in formulation. He also notes they are a bit brighter (in sound) than the black strings.
Check out Mike playing a set of Dreads in THIS VIDEO.
Mike Upton of Kala demoing the Pyramid steel stings on an acoustic uBass.
While the Pyramid steel strings are not new for the uBass – we told you about them back in 2012 – Mike Upton of Kala just wants you to know that they are available on the company’s web site and from string retailers. They offer an alternative to the traditional Pahoehoe strings on the uBass.
As Mike says in THIS VIDEO demonstrating the strings on an acoustic uBass, the Pyramid strings offer “high end articulation and good fundamentals.”
If you’re looking for an alternative sound for your uBass, or (gasp!) you want to sound like all the competitive Ukulele basses out there, pick up a set of Pyramid steels. You can get them HERE from Kala (though the web site says currently they are out of stock), or at your favorite online string retailer.
You can get them for your Solidbody uBass too.
Check THIS VIDEO for a comparison between the Pahoehoe and Pyramid strings on an acoustic uBass.
Armin Alic (left) and Magnus Sjöquist – The Ubass Ambassadors.
You knew this was going to happen eventually. The world’s first uBass band! And I’m proud to say that it’s the brainchild on my friend Magnus Sjöquist of PLAY UBASS fame. The band, called the The Ubass Ambassadors, have released their first song, “Mr. Z.” It’s a collaboration between Magnus and fellow uBass musician Armin Alic.
Check out the video HERE.
According to Magnus, the song began like this:
It all started with a drum loop, a chord progression and then a little, if I may say so, catchy melody. We arranged the song together adding keyboard, synths, FXs and a guitar part. The melody was then recorded on UBass (two octaves) and synth. We also overdubbed the melody with our voices!
The two met in 2013 at Frankfurt Musikmesse, Magnus notes, and a collaboration was born.
I for one am looking forward to more music from the Ubass Ambassadors.
Kala’s Mike Upton runs through the new uBass offerings at Winter NAMM 2015.
Belongs, of course, to Kala’s head honcho Mike Upton.
In this video from the recently completed Winter NAMM 2015 show, uploaded by Bass Musician magazine, Mike runs down the new uBass offerings Kala has in store.
One piece of news that’ll interest bass players is that reggae great Robbie Shakespeare is now a Kala uBass Artist.
The Cover of the 2015 uBass Catalog.
Even though my friend Magnus at Play UBass beat me to the punch on this one, I won’t hold it against him. :-)
The 2015 uBass catalog is out and available for download on Kala’s web site.
Download your copy today and feast your eyes on the five years of uBass goodness Kala has available.
Kala’s fretless Rumbler uBass.
Kala brought it’s new fretless Rumbler uBass to the NAMM Show.
Here’s a video showcasing the fretless uBass.
The fretless Rumbler sells for $419, same as the fretted version.
Music retailer Zzounds.com demoed the uBass Rumbler and Solidbody S-U-B.
Here’s a nice video from retailer Zzounds.com demonstrating the uBass Rumbler acoustic/electric and the Soldibody S-U-B 4Fs.