Bass Player Reviews the Solidbody uBass

Bass Player magazine in their October 2011 issue (the one with Flea on the cover) has a nice two-page review of the USA California Series solidbody uBass. The articles appears as part of the magazine’s “SoundRoom” section. The article is not on their web site yet.

By the way, I wonder who’s been on more covers of Bass Player, Flea or Geddy Lee.

The article has a nice shot of the Natural solidbody uBass as an illustration. The article lists the uBass’s “Pros” as: “Small body, big bottom.” The “Cons” listed are: “None.” Overall, it’s a positive piece about the solidbody. Has there ever been a negative thing said about these babies by anybody?

One thing that had me scratching my head though was this passage:

Like the hollowbody U-Bass, the Solid Body comes equipped with a custom Shadow piezoelectric pickup with individual elements for each string. But while the hollowbody model’s electronics are powered by a single 9V battery, the Solid Body features a unique Mi-Si Align active preamp that is battery free.

The hollowbody (or acoustic) uBass models have passive electronics and do not use a battery. At least my Mahogany and Double H models are battery free. I’m not sure what acoustic uBass Bass Player was talking about, but as far as I know, the acoustic models don’t use a battery–9 volt or otherwise. And if they do, it’s not evident and probably lasts forever because there’s no way to change it.

Magic Magnus is at it Again

(L to R) Andreas Gustafsson, Magnus Sjoquist, Bror Engström

We here at the uBass Appreciation Society always enjoy the videos posted by Magnus Sjoquist. And with this installment of his “Jammin’ with my Kala uBass” series he doesn’t disappoint.

Check out Magnus’s rendition of Sting’s “Moon Over Bourbon Street.”

This time the lineup consists of: Andreas Gustafsson on vocals– and occasional “voice-tambourine”; Bror Engström on keyboards and our friend Magnus on uBass and “foot-controlled-tambourine.”

You’ll be glad you watched.

Solidbody uBass Gets UK Press

It may not be causing Anarchy in the UK, but Bass Guitar Magazine in their July 2011 (Issue 68) has an article about the Kala Solidbody uBass (USA version) on page 10. Their headline isn’t any better than my opening line, by the way.

Entitled  “Kala Solid Body U-Bass Is Born In The USA,” the article is basically a rehashing of the Kala press release. It even includes the quote from Hutch Hutchinson contained in the press release.

Still, it’s nice to see that the little solidbody is getting some good press in the bass mags around the world.

The article is not online. So far it’s only in the print edition, the one with Glenn Hughes on the cover.