Bass Player columnist Ed Friedland has a nice two-page spread on the Kala uBass in the November issue of Bass Player magazine. The article goes into the history of the uBass and its development by Owen Holt of Road Toad Music and Mike Upton of Kala Brand Music Co. It also gives a rundown of the different strings available for the uBass.
The article isn’t posted on the Bass Player web site yet, so you’ll have to go out and buy a copy of the magazine to read it.
Here’s a taste of what Ed “The Bass Whisperer” Friedland has to say about the classic uBass thump:
While the electronics, wood and construction all play a part in the big picture, the basic character of the U-Bass is greatly influenced by the string – and with several types of string available, it is possible to tailor the instrument’s response and feel several ways.
The article also includes a timeline of the development of the uBass and the various models available.
Ed concludes the piece this way:
This instrument is no joke: It is capable of delivering all the low-end punch you can handle, and based on my personal gig experiences, I consider it not only a serious addition to the bass family, but a welcome one.
And with that, the uBass continues its winning streak: yet another positive article about our little friend, with nary a negative review in sight.