As you probably know, there are a number of competitors out there to Kala’s uBass. I guess it was inevitable. If you have a winning product, someone is bound to copy it. Some of these competitors are true competition for the uBass and some are not.
One of the higher quality competitors of the uBass is the Ortega RLIZARD-BS uBass. Ortega, a musical instrument manufacturer based in Germany, is probably better know for its Spanish-style acoustic guitars.
Apparently the RLIZARD uBass is becoming more and more popular.
According to Ortega, the RLIZARD features the following:
- Wood, top: Dao
- Finish, top: Satin
- Wood, back: Dao
- Finish, back: Satin
- Wood, neck: Mahogany
- Wood, fretboard: Rosewood
- Tuner: Custom Designed, Gloss Black
- Electronic: Shadow SH-UK-T/NFX Nanoflex With Integrated Tuner
- Fret: 15
- Scale Length: 510 mm (20″)
- Size, body: Bass
- Depth, body: 80 mm (3.1″)
- Rosette: Laser Cut Lizard Design
The RLIZARD also features Aquila strings and comes with a “croco-style” luxury hard case. While it’s hard to find a retailer in the U.S. that carries it, the Ortega is widely available in the U.K. and Europe and can be bought on the Amazon U.K. site. It sells for about $680.00.
So who wins the showdown–The Toad or The Lizard? It’s hard to say.
Check out these videos and judge for yourself:
Here’s Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer playing an RLIZARD.
And Here’s Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” on an RLIZARD.