Two new Solidbody 5-String uBass models.
Photo © and courtesy of Kala.
The elves at Kala are hard at work on some 5-string Solidbody SUB uBass models. The company notes that the new fivers will be available “very soon.”
No word on pricing or an exact availability date yet though.
Kala had this to say about the new uBass models on its Facebook page:
Later this year we will have 5 String SUB U-BASSES available. We’ve been playing a couple of them here at headquarters this week…. and they are killer!
The company also is working on a new hardcase for the Solidbody uBass models.
As always, stay tuned right here for more detailed info when available
USA Redwood Exotic Soldibody uBass.
Photo © and Courtesy of Kala Brand Music Co.
Our little uBass is turning five years old. Where has the time gone?
Kala is celebrating the uBass’s birthday with a bunch of new models, including the Redwood Exotic you see here.
As Kala notes:
The acoustic electric models are available in finely crafted figured Hawaiian Koa or flame maple finishes. The solid body designs feature a variety of exotic wood tops that include koa, redwood, myrtle, and walnut.
The uBass is now available in more than 30 models, including acoustic-electric and solid body versions, both fretted and fretless. Kala even offers six different types of strings for the uBass, including the original Pahoehoe polyurethane strings.
As Mike Upton noted in a statement:
I was absolutely floored by the deep tone of the little bass when I first plugged it in. Five years later we are proud to say that players all over the world have experienced the same reaction.
Indeed they have Mike.
Kala is adding a fretless version of the uBass Rumbler to the lineup and updating the electronics.
Kala is updating its uBass Rumbler for 2014, adding new electronics and introducing a fretless version.
As the company notes:
For 2014 we are upgrading the Rumbler Electronics to the Shadow Nano-Flex pickup and preamp system that has been custom designed for the U-Bass.
That’s the same electronics used in Kala’s imported acoustic/electric models.
And if that weren’t enough, Kala noted it had a pretty successful Musikmesse show this year.
While we were at Musikmesse, U-BASS was awarded a second consecutive M.I.P.A. Award
The M.I.P.A. (Musikmesse International Press Award) is juried by more than 100 International music publications. Kala was awarded the honor for 2014 in the Acoustic Bass category.
Kala came in at #83 on Music Trades’ list of the Top 100 Music Suppliers in North America for 2013.
Music Trades magazine, the trade journal for music retailers, just released its Top 100 North American Music Product Suppliers, ranked by revenue, for 2013.
And guess what?
Kala came in at number 83 on the list, with $13.2 million estimated in revenue, right behind Mesa Boogie (#81) and Seymour Duncan (#82). Kala came in ahead of EMG (#88) and a bunch of other companies.
The magazine noted:
The results … reflect a market that, while improving, is still struggling to regain ground lost in the wake of the financial crisis.
The magazine also noted that the industry has been held back by of all things, the ingenuity (or lack thereof) of the companies’ engineers. Which is probably why we’ve seen – and hopefully will continue to see – some really cool products from Kala of late.