About as close to perfection as you can get.
Recently we told you about Nik West’s first Signature California Series Solidbody uBass, the Purple Unicorn four string model. Well, now there’s a five string version as well.
And it’s a beauty. Similar in specs to the four string, except with an extra string (of course).
As we noted in February, Kala has been informing its customers outside the U.S. that due to new restrictions on the importation of Rosewood and other exotic wood species, there will be delays in shipping its Ukuleles and uBasses.
Now Kala notes on its web site that it plans to discontinue using Rosewood in its domestic and imported instruments.
In a note on its web site, Kala said:
Because of the CITES prohibition on all species of Rosewood (Dalbergia), Kala will no longer be using Rosewood on our imported and USA-made instruments as of July 2017. We will still be shipping the remaining stock of Kala instruments with Rosewood to dealers until they are cleared out of our warehouses. You may see Kala instruments with Rosewood in stores for some time after our remaining stock has been sold. As early as February 2017 we began importing instruments with Walnut fingerboards and bridges. Along with Walnut, we will also be using Pau Ferro (Morado) and other non-CITES regulated woods to replace any components formerly using Rosewood.
So if you’re a fan of Rosewood fretboards, check your local dealer’s inventory for what’s left that can still be sold. Pretty soon Rosewood in Kala musical instruments will be a thing of the past.
…Is the brand-spanking new Kala Blog, featuring all things Ukulele, uBass and, of course, Kala.
The company says the blog is scheduled for launch on Friday October 13. Friday the 13th. Hmmm. They’ll initially post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Daily posts may come eventually.
Kala says: “The blog will feature news and updates on everything Kala, including Ukulele, U•Bass, and Artists. There will also be how to’s, tips, demonstrations, behind the scenes going-ons, and much more.”
So mark your calendars folks. The new Kala Blog on October 13.
Not that we’re obsessed with Nik West and her purple uBass or anything (OK, we are. So sue us.)
Ms. West just uploaded a funky rendition of Prince’s “Kiss” using her new Signature uBass. She notes the song is played “clean” without any effects.
Here it is on YouTube for you to enjoy.
And while you’re at it, here’s the original Prince version, which by the way, doesn’t have an actual baseline.