The New Kid in Town

Kamoa E3E Bass

It looks like Kala has some stiff competition in the uBass department.

There’s a new kid in town and he aims to take some of the thunder away from Kala’s mighty mini-bass. It’s the Kamoa E3E Bass from the Kamoa Ukulele Co. of Hawaii.

Making its debut at the NAMM show, the Kamoa E3E Bass is a 21.75″ scale acoustic bass. It’s tuned like a bass guitar (EADG), just like the uBass. Similar to the Kala acoustics in size and appearance, the E3E Bass could easily be mistaken for another Uke bass. But there are some major differences.

The Kamoa E3E Bass features a Maple back, sides and neck and a Spruce soundboard. It also sports a Kamoa-branded M-1 Active Preamp. Rather than the polyurethane strings like the Kala uBass, the E3E features nickel flatwound strings. Basically this thing will feel very familiar to any bass player.

The E3E sells for $499 and is available in the Kamoa online store. It’s available in Brown and Natural.

There’s little information about the E3E Bass on Kamoa’s web site. And there are no sound clips available yet. But if This Video (the E3E shows up at 4:50) is any indication, it sounds pretty nice.

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Norcal BASSIX Gives the S.U.B. Their 2012 Bass Innovation Award

Wade Craver putting the S.U.B through its paces.

Norcal BASSIX, an online directory of all things bass, has given the Kala uBass S.U.B. its “2012 Bass Innovation Award.”

And not only that, but the site’s Wade Craver has done a nice review of the Solidbody S.U.B. It’s a pretty thorough review and the little guy sounds awesome in This Clip.

If you’re a bass nut like I am, Norcal BASSIX is a site you can waste hours on. And it’s worth every minute of it.

What, Are You Crazy?

Probably, but that never stopped me before.

I’m undertaking a major project that I think will interest a lot of you, dear readers.

I’m going to publish an ‘Ukulele magazine. It’ll be called the ‘ukulele magazine (catchy, huh?). It’ll feature musician profiles, news, gear and CD reviews, photo essays, how-to articles and a lot more. All about the ‘Ukulele and the uBass. But the twist is going to be that the musician profiles will be from the prospective of their style and influences. How did they develop their style, who were their influences, etc.

It’ll be a full-color, high-quality publication with quality writing and excellent photography.

I’m presently considering if it should be a print publication with a digital version or just go digital from the start. There’s a million things to consider. If I do go with a print publication, I’m hoping to get enough advertising support to offer free subscriptions.

However, none of this will happen if I don’t reach my funding goal on Kickstarter. My pledge page is live and I’m hoping people will like the idea enough to pledge a few bucks so I can get started.

So please check out the pledge page on Kickstarter (I have a pretty cool video up there) and maybe pledge a $1 if you can afford it (you don’t have to pay unless and until we meet our pledge goal of $10,000).

But more importantly, please spread the word about the project. Mention it on Twitter, Facebook, at the water cooler at work. You never know who might be interested in reading a publication about the ‘Ukulele.

The uBass at NAMM

Steve Billman, Abraham Laboriel and Daniel Ho in the Kala booth at Winter NAMM

The Kala uBass lineup caused quite a stir at the NAMM show two weeks ago.

Check out the action in a couple of videos posted by Kala.

In the first video, we have Tal Wilkenfeld and Reggie McBride checking out the Solidbody series.

Next up we have Abraham Laboriel, Daniel Ho and Steve Billman in a trio on uBass. Check out the solo that Laboriel lays down in this one. It’s killer.

And as an added bonus, here’s a video of Laboriel on his own playing a variety of uBass models.