On Sale Now: Kala Paddle Bass

Kala Paddle Bass

You can now order Kala’s new Paddle Bass through the company’s web site.
Photo: Kala Web Site Screen Capture

 

In our last post we told you the Kala Paddle Bass was nearly ready for prime time. Well, now it’s on sale on Kala’s web site.

According to the company, the Paddle Bass is:

Simple to use, the single string bass helps players quickly achieve success with music. The Paddle Bass can be played flat on a lap or table, or in a traditional instrument-to-chest position, making it accessible for all players.

Kala says the new bass features:

  • Compact
  • Road Toad Proprietary Polyurethane Pahoehoe String
  • Color-coded & Labeled, Changeable Magnetic Fret Guides
  • Chromatic, Diatonic, & Pentatonic Scales
  • Can be Played Right-handed, Left-handed, & Shared
  • Durable & Easy to Clean
  • Fretless
  • Lays Flat
  • Strap Button
  • Deluxe Gig Bag

All that for $199.99. You can order one HERE.

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Kala’s Paddle Bass is Finally a Reality

Kala Paddle Bass

Kala said its new Paddle Bass will be available for purchase on May 4.                              Photo: Kala Instagram Screen capture

 

It took a while, but the long rumored Kala Paddle Bass will finally become a reality next week.

We told you about Kala’s developing the Paddle Bass HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

Kala notes on its Web site and its Instagram feed that the Paddle Bass will be available to purchase on their Web site on Friday, May 4 for $199.95

The lightweight Paddle Bass is a collaborative effort with Kalani Das that was designed as an easy and affordable way to add bass to any setting. The Paddle Bass is the ultimate simple bass made from durable, easy-to-clean material. Compact and easy to transport, it’s perfect for any educational or therapeutic environment. The single string allows students, beginners, and players of all ages and abilities to achieve extremely quick success when played flat on a lap, table, or in the standard instrument to chest position.

The new bass features changeable, color-coded magnetic fretboards with the notes printed on them, making it easy to pick out tunes.

Kala says it is aiming the one-string Paddle Bass at the education and therapy fields.

As it stated in a reply to a comment on its Instagram feed:

This product is not meant to be for everyone but we do think it will serve as a valuable launch pad for very young musicians and music therapy patients.

 

 

Should We? Or Shouldn’t We.

For almost seven years, we’ve been writing about the awesome Kala uBass. We started this blog in 2010 because the uBass rocks, and it was unique at the time. If you wanted an affordable little bass based on a ukulele, there wasn’t much choice back then.

But that’s changed. Today, Kala has plenty of competition in the uBass field.

So that’s why I’d like your feedback on whether or not we should expand our coverage to include non-Kala brand uBasses, very short scale travel basses and similar instruments like the Kala Paddle bass. We’ll still provide coverage of Kala and its uBass models, but we think there might be an appetite for coverage of non-Kala products as well. This will not only give us other brands to write about, but also compare how the competition fares against Kala.

Our main focus will still be on the Kala uBass, but we’ll also let you know about those instruments that are trying to compete head-to-head with them.

So we’d like to hear from you. Send us a comment about whether or not you think expanded coverage is a good idea, or if you’d rather keep things the way they are.

Or use the poll above and vote for how you want us to proceed. The poll will be live for a week.

So vote early and vote often. (Actually you can only vote once, just like in real life.)

Meet the Paddle Bass’s Co-Inventor

 

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Kalani Das, co-inventor of the Paddle Bass, explains how the instrument works in a new video.

 

Kala’s new Paddle Bass, which was introduced at Winter NAMM 2017, was co-developed with Kalani Das.

Das, a world-renowned music educator and percussionist, has a video explaining the Paddle Bass and how it can be used.

Check out the video HERE.

The Paddle Bass hasn’t shown up on Kala’s web site yet and there’s no word on when it will be available and how much it will cost.

Stay tuned.

Magnus Demos the Paddle Bass

 

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Magnus Sjöquist puts the Kala Paddle Bass through its paces.

 

Our friend Magnus Sjöquist of PlayUBass fame, posted a video of himself and his bandmates putting the new, as yet unreleased, Kala Paddle Bass through its paces.

Check out the video here.

As Magnus demonstrates in the video, the one-string bass can be adapted to any genre of music and can be played on the lap, mountain dulcimer style, or it can be held like a guitar and played that way.

He also did a Facebook Live video, explaining how the Paddle Bass works. Check that video out here.