Kala uBass SUB Series
Not only that, but they have a nice page on their web site dedicated to the Solidbody SUB.
For those of you that don’t know them, Gollihur Music specializes in upright bass instruments and accessories. They’re also a major East Coast distributor of Kala uBasses in their various guises.
According to their newsletter, the SUB:
…looks and feels like a real pro-level instrument, basically a small electric bass guitar. The 2 solid colors (and the sunburst) finish on each instrument looks very sharp, and the overall fit and feel is very good. The amplified sound is round and fat, but with definition and with a good and full frequency range.
They also note that while it doesn’t sound exactly like an upright bass, the uBass SUB certainly has the upright vibe.
Does it sound like an upright bass? Not really, but it’s a lot closer to the URB “vibe” than a typical electric bass. It’s got a big, round, warm sound thanks to the unusual strings.
Gollihur also compares the SUB to the Ashbory bass–particularly the Guild and D’Armond versions. However, they conclude that the SUB is a better bass all around than the Ashbory. Having owned an Ashbory I can agree totally with that conclusion. The Ashbory was hard to keep in tune, the strings would break while the bass was stored in its case and it wasn’t very ergonomic to play.
Curiously, on the web page Gollihur says the SUB is “even more like the old Ashbory basses” than the acoustic versions of the uBass–because it’s a solidbody, small-scale and had polyurethane strings–but then goes on to say it really is nothing like the Ashbory. Huh?
Still, it’s a glowing review of the SUB uBass.
And better yet, Gollihur has the uBass SUB in stock in all three configurations.