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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.

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New Journeymen Coming Soon

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                   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.

On Sale Now: Kala Paddle Bass

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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.

Kala’s Paddle Bass is Finally a Reality

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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.

 

 

The Journeyman in the Hands of a Master

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Magnus Sjöquist demoing the new Kala Journeyman uBass at the Winter NAMM show.          Photo: Kala Brand Music Co.

 

Kala posted on its Facebook page a photo (above) of our friend and uBass player extraordinaire Magnus Sjöquist demoing their new Journeyman uBass at the Winter NAMM 2018 pre-show.

I’m sure Magnus will have a full review for us to read on his Play UBass! blog once he returns from the show.

Kala also says a video is coming soon. So stay tuned.

 

And Now For Something Completely Different…

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Kala will be introducing the new Striped Ebony uBass at Winter NAMM 2018. Photo: Kala Brand Music Co.

 

Kala comes to Winter NAMM 2018 armed with new – and pretty cool – uBass and Ukulele models.

In the uBass Department, we have what is arguable Kala’s coolest model, the Striped Ebony uBass.

According to the company:

This beautiful U•Bass has a deep brown color with reddish-brown striping in a satin finish. The Maple binding creates a striking contrast with the Striped Ebony body, helping the wood grain stand out.

Kala also notes that the Striped Ebony comes equipped with a GraphTech TUSQnut, Hipshot Ultralite tuners, and a Shadow uBass NFX preamp with EQ and built-in tuner.

The new model will be available in fretted and fretless, with Pahoehoe strings. Kala Round Wound strings are also available as an option.

Four Years in the Making

 

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Kala updated the Rumbler uBass with new electronics and a built-in tuner. Photo: Kala Brand Music Co.

 

The Kala Rumbler uBass is getting an update.

Four years after being introduced, the Rumbler now sports electronics by Shadow Electronics and a built-in tuner. It also has Silver Rumbler strings by Aquila.

Kala notes the Rumbler is the most affordable uBass in its lineup at $420.