The Kala uBass Blog just published a brief timeline of the history of the uBass.
It starts in 2007 when Mike Upton of Kala and Owen Holt of Road Toad Music meet and goes to 2018 and Beyond.
Check it out HERE.
Hmmm. Now this looks pretty familiar.
Fender is making Signature Series basses for U2’s bass player Adam Clayton. The Signature Jazz Bass and Signature Precision Bass will come in what the company calls “limited edition purple sparkle gloss.”
In Kala’s new blog, “Me & Uke,” there’s an interview with founder Mike Upton, called “Meet Mike Upton.” He talks about such things as where he’s from (Mountain View, California) and when he first started playing the Ukulele (when he was two years old).
But it’s the last question that’s of most interest to us here:
Q: Last question, what is your favorite uke or U•Bass and why?
A: I just love the original Mahogany U•Bass with the black strings. To me, those were the magic. They just sound so great. The solid bodies are cool, but that’s not really my thing, I like the woody sound of the acoustic.
So there you have it folks. Mike likes the original Mahogany. There’s always something special about the first one.
Of course, I’m sure he likes all of Kala’s other instruments just as well, even if he didn’t say as much in the interview.
You can read the entire interview HERE.
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.