Premier Guitar magazine’s online site has a review of the Kala 5-string SUB uBass, complete with soundclip.
In a short review they call a Quick Hit, the magazine has generally nice things to say about the 5-string SUB. They rate it 4 out of 5 picks for tone and and 3 out of 5 for playability.
They had this to say about the SUB:
This bass works best when you keep your pick in your pocket, restrain your attack, and don’t slap or bend heavily. But its über-deep tones are astounding given the instrument’s size. This is no toy—it’s a great low-end tool that delivers spacious upright-esque sounds in a well-made and easy-to-tote package.
Their one criticism, which I see a lot from guitar magazines reviewing the uBass, is that it takes getting used to. I guess because of its small size and thick polyurethane strings, it feels weird at first to a guitarist. But as a bass player who’s played short scales for a long time, I didn’t have an adjustment period when I got my first uBass a few years ago.
Also, the soundclip they provide of the bass–which is nice, I wish all reviews would come with soundclips–doesn’t really help the situation any. The clip sounds terrible and whomever is playing the uBass sounds like they just picked it up for the first time right before recording the clip. It doesn’t show off the SUB to its fullest extent.
Still, it’s a nice review of the 5-string SUB. And it’s nice to see mainstream guitar magazines reviewing the uBass, or any bass for that matter.
To their credit, Premier Guitar is one of the better guitar magazines out there. In the spirit of full disclosure I should mention that I am a subscriber. Even though I am a bass player, I like to keep up with changes in the guitar industry. I like to read about the latest guitar gear, not just about basses. Premier Guitar is chock-full of reviews every month and they frequently review basses. That’s something that a lot of guitar magazines don’t do. Many guitar rags wouldn’t go near a bass review for fear of getting nasty letters to the editor about how a guitar magazine should not be talking about a bass. If it has less than six very thin strings, they don’t want to know anything about it.
Luckily the editors of Premier Guitar know better.