Bakithi’s Baby is Official

It’s here. The Bakithi Kumalo Signature solidbody uBass that we told you about in

Bakithi Kumalo and his Kala Signature Solidbody uBass.  Photo courtesy Kala Brand Music Co.

Bakithi Kumalo and his Kala Signature Solidbody uBass. Photo courtesy Kala Brand Music Co.

September. Well, now you can buy one of your very own.

Per Kala’s Press Release:

Kala Brand Music Co. and bass legend Bakithi Kumalo have collaborated on a new signature model solid body U-BASS™ that is being manufactured by Kala in the U.S. Bakithi Kumalo is the revered longtime bassist for Paul Simon, who discovered Bakithi while seeking musicians in South Africa for his legendary Graceland album.

Bakithi, a U-BASS endorsee since 2009, has found the U-BASS to be an extension of his unique and distinctive playing style. The B.K. U-BASS is a 21” scale solid body electric 4-string fretless bass strung with Kala’s proprietary polyurethane strings. Other features include a select ash body with strong grain Espresso Brown finish, a black single-ply pickguard and Bakithi Kumalo’s signature on the headstock.

In addition there is a custom L.R. Baggs active EQ and pickup system developed in conjunction with Kala, a select maple neck, and lined fretless fingerboard. Each bass is set up to Bakithi’s specifications and includes a custom deluxe gig bag. The list price starts at $1099.

This is Kala’s second signature model, joining the Hutch Hutchinson acoustic in the lineup.

Hit up your favorite online music retailer for one. Or run down to your local Mom & Pop music store and tell the to stock them.

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