See if you can name all the different uBass models.
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.
Raul Amador, Executive Editor of Bass Musician Magazine, has just posted a review of the California Series Solidbody four string uBass on the magazine’s YouTube channel.
Amador says he’s really impressed with the “thought that has gone into designing and coming up with a functional solid” uBass like the California Series. He also notes the improved 2-band EQ in the California Series and the innovative charging mechanism for the system.
Check out Bass Musician’s review HERE.
And as we noted a few days ago, Kala is holding a Black Friday Sale next weekend on the California Series uBasses. You can pick one up for 10% off the regular price.
Whoever shot this video needs some lessons on where to point the camera, however. Whenever Mike is talking about a specific feature of the uBass, the camera is focusing on his face, not the thing he’s actually talking about.
Cinematography 101 people.
Belongs, of course, to Kala’s head honcho Mike Upton.
One piece of news that’ll interest bass players is that reggae great Robbie Shakespeare is now a Kala uBass Artist.
He says so in an interview in this month’s Bass Musician Magazine.
Hutchinson is interviewed by Rick Suchow (no slouch himself when it comes to bass). In addition to running down HH’s career (which includes a longtime stint as Bonnie Raitt’s bass player), Hutchinson opines about his love for the uBass:
“I just did a record with George [Marinelli] and Ricky [Fataar] from Bonnie’s band, and I used it on one of the demos. It’s so good that when we overdubbed on the demo, I couldn’t replicate that bass sound with anything else. It almost sounds like a fat upright, or an early Bill Wyman Stones-y sound, it’s a really cool sound. And so it works in the studio.”
Check out the full interview with HH in the latest issue of Bass Musician Magazine.