Nik West on the uBass: It’s Brilliant!

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Jon Liebman of For Bass Players Only recently interviewed bass player and uBassist Nik West and asked her about playing the uBass.

“They sound amazing,” West says. “I slap on the acoustic one. I’m a funk player and I try to utilize that uBass with everything I do.”

Ms. West says the main reason she likes the uBass, aside from its huge sound, is that it’s small. She can play it in hotel rooms on the road if she needs to practice or if whomever she’s playing bass for decides to change the set list at the last minute. She’s even played it on airplanes, she says.

Check out the video interview with Nik West HERE. She talks about the uBass starting at 3:03.

By the way, we agree with Nik. The uBass is brilliant.

Kala Debuts New Bubinga uBass

Kala's new Bubinga uBass.

Kala’s new Bubinga uBass.

 

Bubinga. A wood you know and love if you own a boutique bass. And now you can have your uBass made out of it.

Kala just announced it is making the uBass available in Bubinga wood.

Here’s what the company has to say about the new uBass:

The 21” scale bass features distinctive grain patterns of Bubinga wood on the top, back and sides and comes with a custom fitted padded logo gig bag.  Other specifications include a mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Exclusive Hipshot Licensed black anodized tuners, Graph Tech Labs™ Black TUSQ Nut, and a Truss rod.

The company says the uBass will retail for $499, with a gig bag. No word on when it’ll show up at retailers though.

Kala vs. the Acoustic Competition

Bass Direct in the U.K. pits the competition against the Kala uBass Standard and Rumbler models.

Bass Direct in the U.K. pits the competition against the Kala uBass Standard and Rumbler models.

 

Ever wonder how the little Kala acoustic uBasses stack up against the competition? Well, this video, posted by U.K. music retailer Bass Direct will give you a good idea.

In the video, Bass Direct pits the Kala uBass Rumbler Mahogany, the Kala Spruce Fretless uBass and the Kala uBass Mahogany Fretless (with both Pahoehoe and Pyramid strings) against the Tanglewood Roadster Travel Bass Fretless, the Countryman Ukulele Bass Fretless, the Aquila Short Bass One Basic Fretless.

Which one sounds the best? Watch the video and decide for yourself. I will say that they all sound good, though I think the Kala uBasses sound more focused and refined. Except the Mahogany Fretless with the Pyramid strings. That one sounds horrible. And it’s not the uBass, it’s the Pyramid strings and the lackluster playing. Among the competitors, I think the Tanglewood sounds the best.

Though, to be fair, the Countryman and the Short Bass One have horrible setups (with string buzzes everywhere), so they don’t sound their best in this clip. Interestingly, the Short Bass One–which looks to have the largest body of all the uBasses–is the quietest. It does not project sound very well.

While it may not be a very “scientific” test of all the uBasses, this video will give you an idea of what they all sound like.