Spotted

Saw an ad for the Solidbody uBass in the June 2011 digital issue of Premier Guitar magazine.

It’s nice to see some recognition of the bass in a guitar mag. To their credit, unlike some other guitar mags, Premier Guitar usually has at least one article on a bass or some bass gear in every issue.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the ad.

Curiouser and Curiouser

I ran across this video on the Kala uBass on YouTube (where else?). It’s pretty strange. Not the actual video, but the point of the video. It seems to be an ad for the uBass, but it’s not from Kala. It showcases the uBass with some pretty crappy photos taken from various web sites (Road Toad, Kala, etc.) and has a link to buy a Spruce-top uBass at Amazon.com at a “discount.” The “discount” is actually the full price you’d pay at the Road Toad store. The instruments are sold by Amazon through Sam Ash Music and Musician’s Superstore, for the same $414

The videos seem to be posted by someone with an Amazon Associates subscription. If you buy through the link on the video, the person gets a small cut from Amazon. The poster seems to upload videos of electronics and musical instruments, all with links to Amazon and all with the same cheesy background music and lousy photos.

My Wish is Their Command

Kala Brand Music Co. now has a solidbody uBass page up on its web site. I’d like to think it’s because they read my previous post, but more likely it’s because they finally got some time to update things.

It features the Hutch Hutchinson video we posted about previously. There’s also the specs for each of the four models.

I gotta say though, the photos on their web site do not do justice to the uBasses. They have very little detail and the contrast is a bit low. This may be due to them converting the originals for web use. Kala really should post higher rez photos with better detail.

Solidbody uBass Spotted in the Wild

Well, not exactly in the wild, but at Musikmesse 2011 in Germany.

Kala’s marketing guru Rick Carlson spoke with Premier Guitars’ Charles Saufley in Frankfurt about the Solidbody uBass.

Check out this video of the Solidbody in action (sort of).

It’s obvious the Saufley doesn’t know much about basses and practically nothing about the uBass (solidbody or acoustic) from the questions he asks. But Kala’s Rick Carlson explains it to him.

Some of the comments on PG’s YouTube page complain that the Solidbody “doesn’t sound good.” But that’s not the bass, that’s Torsten’s crappy playing. But, hey, what can you expect from a guitar magazine.

Kala Needs to Update Their Web Site

Seriously.

I know. It’s obviously not a very high priority for the Kala Brand Music Co. right now, what with the Solidbody uBass being sold and their trying to catch up with demand for the acoustic uBass. Not to mention the production of their awesome Ukuleles.

It’s a small company. I get that. Believe me, I know what it’s like to run a small business and try to find the time to get everything done that needs to be done. I run a portrait photography studio in “real life” with a very small staff. So I get it.

But, hey, the web site is their calling card to the world. And it hasn’t been updated in weeks. They still have the “Ukadelic by Kala” banner as “Coming Soon.” The Ukadelic Ukuleles are already in stores. Heck, they even have their own section on the web site already. That’s more than can be said for the Solidbody uBass.

And Kala’s “News and Events” section still has Winter NAMM press releases–nothing newer.

Kala needs to add the Solidbody uBass to the uBass section. Though, they do have it in the banner at the top of the page.

They also, I think, should mention the Hutch Hutchinson Limited Edition Signature uBass in there somewhere.

I’m just saying.