The Colors of Summer NAMM

 

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Sam from Kraft Music shows off the new Kala Journeymen uBasses at Summer NAMM.        Photo: Youtube Screen Capture

 

Here’s a nice video by Kraft Music of the new Kala Journeyman uBasses at Summer NAMM in Nashville. The video features the Mahogany, Black and Red models.

According to Sam in the video, the Mahogany is shipping with Aquila Thundergut strings and the Black and Red are shipping with Kala’s Roundwound metal strings. Each also ships with a Kala gig bag.

The three uBasses retail for $359.99.

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Aquila Thunderblack Strings Tested

 

 

Aquila Thunderblack

Aquila says its Thunderblack strings for the uBass are superior to the standard Pahoehoe strings.                                      Photo: Aquila Corde Armoniche

 

If you have been thinking about trying the Thunderblack strings from Italian string maker Aquila Corde Armoniche for your uBass, but don’t want to plunk down $29.95 for something you might not end up liking, take a look at this video by our friend Magnus Sjöquist.

Magnus puts the strings through their paces on his acoustic uBass. The video will give you a good idea of what the strings sound like so you can make an informed decision whether to buy them or not.

If you prefer to read about the strings rather than watching a video, Magnus did a blog post about them on his site PlayUbass.

More String Choices

 

Galli Strings

Galli Strings has a new set of black nylon, synthetic core strings for the uBass.                           Photo: Galli Strings Facebook

 

Add Galli Strings to your list of uBass string manufacturers.

The Italian string company says it’ll soon have a new set of black nylon, synthetic core strings for the uBass. No word yet on when they will be available or how much they’ll cost though.

But not to worry, our friend Magnus Sjöquist of Play Ubass says he has a set and will do a review soon. So keep an eye on his site for further details.

For now, here’s a short video from Galli Strings of the new strings in action.

New Journeymen Coming Soon

Kala Journeyman Red and Black

                   The Kala Journeyman will be available in Red and Black later this year.                                     Photo: Kala uBass Blog

 

Apparently Kala has a hit on its hands.

Kala says its brand new Journeyman uBass will be getting two new variations later this year. The model will be available in two new colors: red and black.

The company notes:

The Kala U•Bass has always been beloved for its unique look, feel, portability, and giant low end. When approaching the design of the Journeyman, the first thing we wanted to do was give our next U•Bass a make-over in appearance. We took inspiration directly from our Kala Jazz Tenor Archtops and added stylish f-holes, white binding, and beautiful sounding white Aquila Thundergut strings made in Italy.

The Journeyman was introduced at Winter NAMM earlier this year.

Read more the Journeyman HERE and HERE.

Putting the Journeyman Through its Paces

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Magnus Sjöquist puts the new Kala Journeyman uBass through its paces at Kala’s headquarters. Photo: Kala Facebook Video Screen Capture

 

If you were wondering how the new Kala Journeyman uBass sounds, wonder no more.

Here’s a video of our friend Magnus Sjöquist giving the new uBass a workout.

Enjoy.

Happy Birthday Nik

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Nik West and her uBass in her video for the song “My Relationship.” Photo: YouTube Screen Capture.

 

Today is Kala uBass player and uBass Artist Nik West‘s birthday.

Let’s all wish her a wonderful birthday uBass style.