Kala posted these photos on its Facebook page today.
Check out the purple goodness of the Nik West Signature uBass.
And check out Nik’s music as well.
Ubass endorsing artist, superb bassist, friend of this blog and all-around great person, Nik West, just dropped a new single.
If, after listening to the song, you say to yourself: “Hmm. That sounds a lot like Prince.” Well, that’s probably because Prince was a mentor to and a friend of Nik’s. And a big musical influence on her.
Also, check out the new Nik West Signature uBass in all its purple goodness on the cover!
Today is our Birthday!
Today, we begin our seventh year of publishing.
There have been some changes over the years and I’m sure they will be plenty more as the years roll on.
Hopefully we’ll still be here seven years from now, bringing you the best of the uBass and small, portable travel instruments.
And hopefully you’ll still be with us too.
At least bassist Nik West’s dream anyway.
Last month we teased you with a first look at Ms. West’s Signature California Series uBass. Well, here’s what the uBass will look like when it’s done.
Anyway, the point is, the Nik West Signature uBass is ready for prime time.
Hopefully it’ll be available to buy soon for all of us non-signature worthy bassists out there.
Guild Guitars at Summer NAMM introduced an acoustic/electric travel-sized, short-scale bass. The oxymoronically (is that even a word?) named Jumbo Junior Bass is a 23 3/4 inch scale four-string bass in the company’s Westerly Collection of guitars and basses.
The company says the Jumbo Junior Bass features a Sitka Spruce top and arched Flame Maple back, with a Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard.
We chose a solid Sitka spruce top and arched flamed maple back to mirror the tonewoods that have been used in upright bass construction for centuries, resulting in a clear, tight bass tone that is impressive for its reduced size.
The Specs include:
Body Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Back and Sides: Layered Flamed Maple
Bracing: Scalloped Sitka Spruce
Rosette: MOP and ABS Ring
Finish: Satin polyurethane
Body Binding: Cream ABS
Top Purfling: Black and White ABS
Neck: MapleNut Width: 1 5/8″ / 41mm
Nut Material: Bone
Fingerboard Inlays: 5mm MOP Dots
Tuning Machines: Guild Closed Gear Bass, 18:1 Ratio
Hardware Finish/Plating: Chrome
Truss Rod: Dual Action
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8″ / 54mm
Bridge Pins: Ivory Colored Plastic with Black Dot
Strings: Coated Phosphor Bronze Nylon Core .037-.090
Endpin: Endpin Jack
Pickup: Guild AP-1 Active Acoustic Piezo Pickup
Case: Guild Deluxe Gig Bag
Check out Guild’s video of the new bass HERE.
Here it is. A first look at the newest in the line of Kala Signature uBasses. The Nik West Solidbody, in – what else – Purple Sparkle.
This one is a four string. No word yet on when these will hit the shelves or how much they’ll cost.
Ms. West previewed this on her Instagram. She notes it’ll have Roundwound strings.
I’m sure she’ll let us know when they are ready for the masses.