Tried to Sneak This One By Me, Did Ya?

Kala's new Bakithi Kumalo Signature Fretless uBass

Kala’s new Bakithi Kumalo Signature Fretless uBass

This beauty is the Bakithi Kumalo Signature Fretless uBass. It showed up recently on the Sweetwater web site for sale at $1,099.00 The BK Signature features:

  • Lightweight swamp ash body
  • MI-SI ALIGN active preamp system
  • Preamp charges in 60 seconds for up to 8 hours of playing time
  • Volume control and 2-band EQ
  • Custom HIPSHOT tuners
  • GRAPH TECH Black TUSQ self-lubricating nut
  • Polyurethane strings
  • Meets all airline carry-on requirements
  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Deluxe gig bag with backpack straps included

I guess it makes sense to give BK his own Signature model – he is, after all, one of Kala’s highest profile endorsers.

Not sure how I missed this one.

Anyway, for those of you into specs, here are the particulars:

Specification Detail
Body Type U-Bass Solidbody
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Expresso
Body Material Swamp Ash
Scale Length 21″
Number of Frets Fretless
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12 Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Fret Lines
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape C
Bridge/Tailpiece Rosewood
Tuners Custom Hipshot
Number of Pickups 1
Neck Pickup No Neck Pickup
Middle Pickup No Middle Pickup
Bridge Pickup Passive Shadow Piezo
Controls Custom Mi Si Align Rechargeable Preamp
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number KA-SB4FL-SBN-BKwBAG

Not only that, but it sports Bakithi’s signature on the headstock as well.

Nice job Kala.


They’re Here!

Well, some of them anyway.

Kala's USA Solidbody U-BASS Kit.

Kala’s USA Solidbody U-BASS Kit.

Now that didn’t take very long, did it?

Kala now has USA Solidbody Kits ready for your customization pleasure. More kits, as well as parts, should follow in a few weeks.

According to Mark Milazzo, Kala’s Branding Manager, the company plans to offer complete U-BASS kits, replacement parts and individual parts for those who want to customize or build their own U-BASS.

As of today, Kala has USA Kits available HERE. Each kit has all the parts needed to build a custom USA Solidbody uBass in either four or five string, fretted or fretless. They also comes with a deluxe gig bag.

Pricing for the USA kits are as follows:

  • U-BASS-KIT4FL (4 String fretless) – $750
  • U-BASS-KIT4FS (4 String fretted) – $750
  • U-BASS-KIT5FL (5 String fretless) – $799
  • U-BASS-KIT5FS (5 String fretted) – $799

The kits, however, do not include strings. But they can be purchased through Kala’s web site or at many online string retailers.

Build Me Up, Buttercup

Kala Plans to Introduce uBass Parts and Kits.

Kala Plans to Introduce uBass Parts and Kits.

For all you Do-It-Yourselfers out there, Kala’s got you covered.

Kala plans to introduce uBass parts and Kits.

No word on exactly when they will be available or how much they’ll cost, but as they say: “Watch this space.”

Get it While It’s Hot

The Daily Deal for Today is the Kala uBass Rumbler.

The Daily Deal for Today is the Kala uBass Rumbler.

If you’ve been looking for a Kala Rumbler uBass, here’s your chance to pick one up and save $50 in the process.

The Ultimate Guitar Store – which bills itself as the “Daily Deal and Online Discount Guitar Boutique store that offers limited quantity and limited-duration deals on guitar and guitar-related products” – is offering the Rumbler today only (for another 17 hours as of this posting) for $299.99. That’s $50 off the usual $349 price you’ll find online. And with free shipping and a Kala gig bag!

You’ll have to register at the Ultimate Guitar site and accept their Daily Deal newsletter to take advantage of the offer, but it’s worth it. If you’re looking for gear, they offer some great deals.