Last month we told you that Kala introduced a new type of uBass called the Paddle Bass, aimed at the educational market and first-time bass players.
We mistakenly told you that it was not a uBass. Well, according to Mike Upton, it indeed is a uBass.
Thanks to Bass Musician magazine, we have a video of Mike and our friend Magnus Sjöquist demonstrating the Paddle Bass at Winter NAMM.
Click Here to watch the video.
As usual for Bass Musician, the camerawork is not the best, but the video is still watchable and informative. Besides, they are a bass publication, not a video publication, so I guess I should cut them some slack.
Mike says the Paddle Bass is the “most simple uBass” that Kala has created.
He explains that the new uBass is a one-string instrument meant for new players and kids. It comes in three tunings: the keys of “E,” “F” and “G.” It also features magnetic fretboard overlays for each tuning marking the notes at each fret.
The Paddle is meant to be played in your lap, mountain dulcimer style. But it looks like it would be a lot of fun to put a strap on it and play it like a one-string bass guitar.
If you belong to a mountain dulcimer club or a ukulele club, I can see this as being a fun addition to the group, enabling you to lay down some simple bass accompaniment.
No word yet on availability or price. But stay tuned. As soon as we know anything, we’ll let you know.
I’d love to get my hands on one and do a proper review for you guys and gals. Keep it tuned here for more information as it comes in.