New uBass Catalog Available for Download

The Cover of the 2015 uBass Catalog.

The Cover of the 2015 uBass Catalog.

 

Even though my friend Magnus at Play UBass beat me to the punch on this one, I won’t hold it against him. šŸ™‚

The 2015 uBass catalog is out and available for download on Kala’s web site.

Download your copy today and feast your eyes on the five years of uBass goodness Kala has available.

 

Kala Debuts New uBass Models at NAMM Show

A Cherryburst and Red 5-String uBass in the Kala booth at the NAMM Show.

A Cherryburst and Red 5-String uBass in the Kala booth at the NAMM Show.

 

You asked for it. And you got it.

Kala at the 2015 Winter NAMM show introduced five new 5-string S-U-B series Soldibody uBass models to its lineup.

As the company noted:

Fans of the four string models have consistently asked about the possibility of a five string model. Kala has answered that request with four new models for 2015.

The new 5-string SUB models featureĀ Kala’sĀ PahoehoeĀ strings, a Shadow active pickup system with volume control and 2 band EQ, Custom Hipshot Tuners, and a Graph Tech Black Tusq self-lubricating nut.

Five-string fretted versions are available in Sunburst, Cherryburst, Red, and Black finishes and come with a Custom Deluxe Logo Gig bag. The new models list forĀ $619.

The Secret is in the Strings

Jon Liebman of For Bass Players Only interviews Kala's Mike Upton about the origin of the uBass.

Jon Liebman of For Bass Players Only interviews Kala’s Mike Upton about the origin of the uBass.

 

The uBass is all about the strings. Or, to put it another way, the strings (specifically the original Pahoehoe strings) are what made the uBass possible.

That’s according to Mike Upton of Kala, in a new interview with Jon Liebman of For Bass Players Only. Liebman interviews Mike in a video entitled “The Story Behind the U-Bass,” which you can watch on YouTube Here. Intercut in the interview is footage of Abraham Laboriel and Bakithi Kumalo playing during what looks like the recent Bass Player Live uBass clinic.

According to Mike, the uBass is a success with professionals and amateurs alike. He told Liebman that Kala has sold about 15,000 uBass instruments in the past five years. The Spruce-top acoustic is arguably the company’s most popular uBass, Mike notes.

Today, Kala has two solidbody uBass lines (California Series and imported) and the original acoustics and the USA acoustic/electrics. The solidbody uBasses are a different animal altogether, Mike says, being “a lotĀ more focused and a lot less woody” sounding then the acoustics.

But that’s not the biggest news from the interview.

Mike says Kala is developing an upright uBass! That’s right, a uBass on a monopod stand that can be played upright, or quickly flipped over and played like a regular uBass. No word on when they will be available or how much. But I do know that I definitely want one. That will definitely be my next uBass purchase.

I can see the ads now: “Much More Bass. Still Less Space.”