Kala Affected by Rosewood Restrictions



East Indian Rosewood is one of the Rosewood species restricted for export.


Like all companies selling instruments and products containing Rosewood, Kala is affected by the new regulations restricting Rosewood species sales across borders.

The company has placed this disclaimer on its web site:

Please bear with us—due to new International Export Regulations regarding all species of Rosewood there will be an undetermined postponement of orders containing Kala Elites, California U-Basses, and USA Banjo Ukulele shipping outside the United States. We hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.

The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) held a conference from September 24 to October 4 this year in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it was decided that all species of rosewood under the genus Dalbergia and three bubinga species (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, and Guibourtia tessmannii) will be protected and its export restricted, according to Reverb.com.

The restrictions went into affect January 2.

Kosso – sometimes called African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) – will also be protected, they note.

While Brazilian Rosewood is was already under CITES protection, now all the nearly 300 other species of rosewood are under similar regulation. This includes East Indian rosewood and Honduran rosewood – as well as woods like cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) and African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) – that are widely used in the manufacturing of stringed instruments, marimbas and some woodwinds.

Rosewood is the world’s most trafficked wild product, according to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, accounting for a third of all seizures by value, more than elephant ivory, pangolins, rhino horn, lions and tigers put together.

So, if you’re an overseas customer of Kala’s, prepare for delays if you buy an instrument form them. Sales shipped within the United States are not affected. If you already own an instrument with rosewood and have it in your possession, there’s no need to worry. You can also travel with previously purchased instruments with no restrictions.


Kala Updates Rumbler, Adds Fretless Version

Kala is adding a fretless version of the uBass Rumbler to the lineup and updating the electronics.

Kala is adding a fretless version of the uBass Rumbler to the lineup and updating the electronics.


Kala is updating its uBass Rumbler for 2014, adding new electronics and introducing a fretless version.

As the company notes:

For 2014 we are upgrading the Rumbler Electronics to the Shadow Nano-Flex pickup and preamp  system that has been custom designed for the U-Bass.

That’s the same electronics used in Kala’s imported acoustic/electric models.

And if that weren’t enough, Kala noted it had a pretty successful Musikmesse show this year.

While we were at Musikmesse, U-BASS was awarded a second consecutive M.I.P.A. Award

The M.I.P.A. (Musikmesse International Press Award) is juried by more than 100 International music publications. Kala was awarded the honor for 2014 in the Acoustic Bass category.

Rockin’ the Rumbler

Mike Upton of Kala Brand Music Co. putting a new Rumbler uBass through its paces.

Mike Upton of Kala Brand Music Co. putting a new Rumbler uBass through its paces.

If you thought the new Kala Rumbler uBass couldn’t rock – or that uBasses in general don’t rock – Mike Upton of the Kala Brand Music Co. is here to prove you wrong.

In this video, Mike shows off the new Rumbler uBass. And he’s not just playing it through a bass amp – he’s playing it through a freaking Ampeg SVT Blue Line amp with an 810 cabinet!

Let me say that again. An Ampeg SVT!

You can’t get any more rock and roll than that.