It sure did to us.
As pointed out by Bass Player magazine, Kala is now offering its uBass models with different string options.
Not exactly new, the uBass models have been available for a while (all except the Bubinga, which is fairly new) and you could get the strings separately and restring your uBass if you were so inclined. Still, it’s nice to know Kala is offering options if you are not a fan of the original Pahoehoe strings.
You can now get The Rumbler U-Bass with Aquila Silver Rumbler strings, which are designed “with increased density and stability for a clear, resonate low end.”
You can buy the The Bubinga U-Bass strung with Road Toad Polyurethane Pahoehoe strings, which gives “it a deep, punchy low end.”
Or you can buy The Exotic Mahogany U-Bass with Kala Round Wound strings that adds “treble while retaining the immense low end.” Pahoehoe also are available on the Exotic Mahogany if you prefer.
Magnus Sjöquist (I think by now I can just refer to him by his first name and you’d know whom I’m talking about) just posted a photo to his Instagram of himself and his new California Series fretless uBass.
Apparently he’s played his first gig with the new uBass and it went very well. Nice to hear Magnus! But how could you not love the uBass?
While you’re at it, why not follow Magnus on Instagram?
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.
Nathan East, one of the most recorded bassists in music, has played with everyone from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton to Phil Collins. He has appeared on more than 2,000 albums in the past 35 years.
Here he is at the Kala booth at Winter NAMM trying out a Kala Koa California Solid Body UBass.
Bass player and teacher Scott Devine has jumped aboard the uBass train. Seems Scott’s wife got him an acoustic uBass for Christmas and he’s totally sold.
He put up a video about his thoughts on our little friend.
Check out the video here.
At one point in the video he says he’s not sure what model uBass he has, but he thinks it’s some kind of Koa. However, it looks like the Mahogany acoustic model. Anyway, he says it’s a great little bass that sounds great and is a lot of fun to play. But then, we already knew that.
He does warn, however, that you need to adjust your technique a bit if you plan on doing a lot of sliding. Because of the small scale, if you slide into a note, you’ll probably be about a semitone out of tune unless you adjust your speed and accuracy. He also notes the ultra-short scale takes a little getting used to if you’re coming from a long-scale bass.
But, all-in-all, Scott has nothing but praise for the uBass.
Glad to have you on board Scott!