Paddle Bass First Look



Magnus Sjöquist demonstrates Kala’s new Paddle uBass at Winter NAMM 2017.


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.


Go East Young Man


Nathan East in the Kala Booth at Winter NAMM trying out the Koa California Solidbody uBass.


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.

Donald is Definitely in the Pocket



Donald “Pocket” Payne plays a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” on his California Series Solidbody uBass.


Donald “Pocket” Payne, the pride of Rhode Island, U.S.A, just posted an awesome cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke,” played on his California Series Solidbody uBass.

Check out the video here.

Donald’s YouTube channel, dp UBASS, looks to be brand new, so subscribe to it so he can post more amazing covers for us.

Let’s give the man some encouragement people!

Bass Musician Catches Up with Magnus


Magnus Sjöquist talks to Bass Musician magazine about his new uBass iBook.


Bass Musician magazine caught up with our friend Magnus Sjöquist at Winter NAMM and got him to stand still long enough to give a little preview of his new iBook “Learn to Play the UBass.”

Check out the video here, where Magnus previews his new book.

Scott Gets On Board the uBass Train



Bass player/teacher Scott Devine discovers the 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!




Magnus and Mickey jamming on their uBasses in the Kala Booth at Winter NAMM 2017.


Here we have Magnus (Sjöquist) and Mickey, jamming on their uBasses at the Winter NAMM 2017 Show.

Magnus is playing a signature Bakithi Kumalo Fretless uBass and Mickey is on a Kala Exotic Mahogany uBass strung with Roundwound Strings

This video was posted on Kala’s Facebook page. Give it a look.

The Book is Out. Get it Now.


Learn to Play the UBass is available now from the Apple iBooks Store.

One wonders where Magnus Sjöquist found the time at Winter NAMM between jam sessions, partying with famous bass players and hanging out at the Kala booth to release his new book about playing the uBass. But find the time he did.

The book, Learn to Play the UBass, is available now from the Apple iBook store for $14.99.

We told you earlier this month that Magnus was planning on releasing the book at the NAMM show. He wasn’t lying. The book is interactive, features tons of information and easy to follow videos. It’s a worthwhile investment at twice the price.

Magnus made a short video promoting the book. You can watch it here.

Head on over to the iBooks Store and pick up your copy now.