Win a Fender Uke

Fender is giving away a Ukulele Nohea signed by the band Train. It’s the same model that Train guitarist Jimmy Stafford played on their hit “Hey Soul Sister.”

Now until April 1, you can sign up for a chance to win the Fender Uke giveaway at their web site Here.

Winning a Fender Uke is cool. Having to listen to “Hey Soul Sister” yet again is the only downside to the promotion.


A Big Thank You to Curt Sheller

I know I’m a bit slow on the uptake, but I just realized the awesome Curt Sheller has done an article about the Kala uBass on his site and added a link to this very blog.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Curt.

If you are not familiar with Curt (he’s an author of Ukulele method and song books, a Jazz guitarist, Ukulele player and a publisher, among other things) get your butts over to his web site right now. You’ll be so glad you did. He’s got music, lessons, TABs, videos–you name it–available for free. But be prepared to spend some time. Curt’s site is filled with tons of Ukulele-related stuff. One visit just won’t do.


The Double H Limited Edition uBass is Coming!

It’s true. Great minds do think alike.

According to Kala Brand Music Co., the Hutch Hutchinson Signature Limited Edition uBass (the Spruce one with the cutaway, reviewed Here) is going into production. No word on what size that production will be, but since it’s a Limited Edition Signature model, I’m confident in saying production will be limited. The new uBass will have a list price of $549, the company says.

Hutch Hutchinson himself hinted at it in the short teaser video we wrote about in the previous post Here.

Kala likes to call the new uBass the “HH.” I like to call mine the “Double H.” See a connection here? I’m not sure what Hutch Hutchinson calls his though.


New Kala uBass on the Way?

Well, according to Hutch Hutchinson there is.

In a teaser video posted by Kala on the YouTube Channel–apparently a video interview with Bass Frontiers magazine–Hutch says Kala has “some new models coming out” soon. The teaser video is short, but intriguing.

Curiously, Hutch is holding a Mahogany uBass in the video, not his Signature model.

There’s no mention of new models on the Kala web site yet.

I’d like to see a fretless Hutch Hutchinson model.

uBass Gallimaufry

Here’s a bunch of interesting things uBass-related:

First up we have our friend Magic Magnus Sjoquist and his jamming buddies tearing through “Black Orpheus”. Check out the video Here.

Next we have Kala Brand Music Company releasing their 2011 Catalog. In the 2010 catalog, the uBass received two full pages. This year’s edition has the uBass occupying only one page. There’s nothing new apparently (at least not tis early in the year). No Hutch Hutchinson Limited Edition Signature model news either.

And from the “Not a Kala uBass but still a Bass Ukulele Department” we have the “Steampunk Bass Ukulele”. This thing is very cool. I’ve never heard one so I can’t say how it sounds, but it sure looks nice.

The Steampunk uBass is tuned like the Kala uBass (EADG) and measures 30″ total length. The scale length looks from the photo to be a bit longer than the uBass–maybe 23″? It is handmade to order and comes with a Spruce top, Sapele Mahogany back and sides, a Maple neck and an IPA fingerboard. The headstock is Lacewood.

The Steampunk part is the brass gears from a clock, nails, and other stuff that give it that Willie Wonka feel.

The Steampunk uBass is handmade by Paul Celentano of Celentano Woodworks and sells for $3,000.

Time Magazine Discovers the Ukulele–Twice

Either the Ukulele has finally hit the mainstream or it’s jumped the shark. I’d like to think it’s the former.

Anyway, Time Magazine has discovered that the Ukulele exists. Not only that, but they’ve done two stories–count ’em, two–within a week of each other. One’s actually a print story in the magazine and online, and the other is a video interview with Jake Shimabukuro.

Want to know why the Ukulele is so popular? According to Time it’s because they’re cheap and don’t suck.

So why the ukulele’s sudden popularity? For one thing, it’s cheap. “For 40 bucks, you can get an instrument that’s not a piece of crap,” says Andy Suh, a salesman at Sam Ash Music Stores in Manhattan, who over the holidays sold up to 10 ukuleles a day.

So there you have it. There’s no mention of the uBass, but, hey, you can’t have everything.

The uBass and Motown

Here’s a nice video of an older gentleman playing a Kala uBass through a Phil Jones CUB amp.

He’s playing three songs: “Old Fashioned Love”, “All Blues” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”. Personally, I think the uBass was made for Motown.

Check out his rendition of SSDIY at 1:31 in the video.