New Chinese uBasses May be Coming Soon

A China-based guitar manufacturer called Legpap Co. Ltd. is poised to begin exporting its four acoustic/electric uBass models to the U.S. soon. The company, based in Guangdong, has been in the business of making guitars and Ukuleles for the past 11 years.

Legap uBass Models. Photo © Legap Co. Ltd.

Legpap uBass Models. Photo © Legpap Co. Ltd.

While it exports all over the world, Legpap instruments have yet to make any sort of impact on U.S. shores. But with the success (and brand recognition) of Kala Brand Music Co.’s uBass models, it seemed inevitable that imitators would eventually follow.

Legpap has five models of uBass on its web site: the Mahogany Plywood UB-M1 NS and UB-M2 NS; the Koa Plywood UB-K1 NS and UB-K2 NS; and the Spruce UB-SS NA. All models are 20″ scale and feature Rosewood fingerboards, Nato necks and on-board Belcat UK-300t preamps. They also come equipped with Aquila Thundergut strings.

It’s hard to tell what the quality of these instruments are from just looking at the photos

Rear view of the Legap UB-K1 uBass

Rear view of the Legap UB-K1 uBass

on their web site. And their uBasses look suspiciously like Kala’s acoustic uBasses–even down to the access panel on the back of the instruments.

But, hey, according to the company, they can create miracles and should be trusted:

LEGPAP will meet what you need, think of what you worry. It can create miracle for you.
LEGPAP would continually investigate the new products and provide the sincere service to you. Please trust us.

There’s no word on when (and if) these instruments will actually make it to the U.S. and how much they will cost.

And not to be outdone, Kala will bring at least one new model of uBass to the Winter NAMM show next week.

Stay tuned for more info.