Welcome All Kala uBass Enthusiasts

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

How to Restring a Solidbody uBass

Chris demonstrates how to put Kala metal Roundwound strings on a solidbody uBass.

Chris demonstrates how to put Kala metal Roundwound strings on a solidbody uBass.

 

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how you would go about restringing your new (or even old) solidbody uBass with Kala’s metal Roundwound strings, wonder no more. The good people at Kala – namely Chris – have released a video that will walk you through the process.

The video shows Chris restringing a 5-string Solidbody, but the same techniques apply to a 4-string as well.

For those of us who don’t have a bass tech waiting in the wings, being able to change strings ourselves is a fundamental skill to have. It’s not very complicated. So don’t be afraid to dive in and put on a new set of strings.

Happy Birthday To Us!

 

The uBass Appreciation Society is Celebrating its Sixth Birthday Today.

The uBass Appreciation Society is Celebrating its Sixth Birthday Today.

 

Today is August 23 and it’s our Sixth Birthday.

On this day in 2010, the uBass Appreciation Society sprang to life, celebrating everything that is the Kala uBass. As with our first post, our singular focus was then, and still continues to be, the uBass that Kala brought into this world in 2007.

So sit back, pop a cold beverage, get out your uBass and read a few of our previous posts to celebrate our birthday. Click on any month in the Archives links to the right and relive the past of the uBass.

Not to toot our own horn or anything…well, OK, to toot our own horn…We’ve seen our traffic steadily increase over the past six years. We’re not talking Google-size traffic or anything, but it’s pretty good for a little ad-free blog covering a very narrow subject area.

WordPress tells us that in the past six years we’ve had more than 55,000 visitors and more than 182,000 views of our 254 posts. So far we’ve got 31 followers (with a number of them with us for five years). And that’s to say nothing of the people who pop in and out at various times.

I’d just like to say thank you to everyone for your loyalty. Keep reading. And we’ll keep writing.

Bakithi Covers Bass Player Magazine

Bakithi Kumalo and his signature uBass on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Bass Player magazine.

Bakithi Kumalo and his signature uBass on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Bass Player magazine.

 

Bakithi Kumalo and his signature Kala uBass cover the October 2016 issue of Bass Player magazine.

It should be hitting the newsstand any day now, so run out and pick it up.

They’re Available for Pre-Order Now

 

Some of the newly redesigned California Series uBass models.

Some of the newly redesigned California Series uBass models.

They’re officially here! The newly updated 2016 California Series Made in the USA uBasses.

There are 13 models in all: 7 four strings and 6 five strings.

Prices range from $899.99-$989.99 for the 4-string models and $989.99-$1,079.99 for the 5-string models. You can pre-order one here.

The prices on Kala’s Web store reflect the 10% discount if you access the store through their Facebook pre-order link (above).

Order one today.

They’re Almost Here!

Bakithi Kumalo with his signature Kala uBass.

Bakithi Kumalo with his signature Kala uBass.

 

The new 2016 USA California Series uBasses, that is. Tomorrow, August 12 is the big day. That’s when they will be available to order through Kala’s web store.

According to the company:

Tomorrow the 2016 California UBasses will be released and available for purchase! We will be including a free brand new Kala UBass T-Shirt with every UBass as well as offering a 10% discount coupon to all customers who order a Ubass! We will also provide free shipping to all U.S. customers!

A free T-Shirt and free US shipping. You can’t beat that.

The new uBasses will be available to order through Kala’s web store here https://shop.kalabrand.com/pages/shop starting tomorrow.

The company notes that the series has been completely updated for 2016:

The California UBass has been cut and sanded to a smoother, more rounded shape–providing ultimate comfortability. We coat the wood in semi-gloss, UV-cured polyester which is durable and environmentally friendly. This is also our largest UBass yet with an overall length of 28.75 inches for 4 strings and a 32.75 inches length for 5 strings!

One of the biggest changes to the news series is in the neck. The new uBasses now sport offset face dot markers, which Kala says offers “a fresh new look and greater visibility” when playing. They updated the neck joint contour for greater access to the upper frets. The uBasses also have a slimmer neck profile.

Kala also posted a neat little video on its Facebook page of the new series being constructed. Check it out here.

And if that’s not enough, Kala also is offering individual customizations on new uBass purchases. Contact the company for more details and pricing.

Keep any eye on Kala’s Facebook page because the company is offering a 10% discount code to purchasers of the new series uBasses.

Actually, Size Really Doesn’t Matter

Bass Player Magazine listed the acoustic uBass in an online roundup of short scale basses.

Bass Player Magazine listed the acoustic uBass in an online roundup of short scale basses.

 

And the uBass is proof.

In an online roundup of short scale basses headlined “Size Matters: A Roundup of Short-Scale Basses,” Bass Player magazine mentioned the Kala uBass. Not surprising since the magazine has been a fan of the little guy from the beginning. But what is surprising is that the magazine added the uBass in with the likes of a $9,000 Alembic Stanley Clarke Standard 4 bass, a $4,800 Callowhill OBS bass and a $2,000 Birdsong Corto2 bass.

Now that’s pretty good company to be in.

Here’s a taste of what they had to say about the acoustic Mahogany uBass:

While the U-Bass is nothing like the other instruments listed here, it certainly offers a short scale and, most important, sounds just as capable as much more traditionally designed basses. Most every person that’s picked up a U-Bass remarks at the incongruity between the instrument’s big sound and tiny size.

They’re absolutely correct about the uBass. It’s nothing like the others: it’s the shortest scale, it’s acoustic, it uses polyurethane strings, it’s at the bottom of the price scale and it sounds the most like an upright of all of them.

Not to mention, the little uBass can hold its own pretty well among the other basses listed.