Slappin’ the Funk Out of a uBass

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Nik West playing her rendition of Prince’s “Kiss” on her Signature Solidbody uBass.                Photo: YouTube screengrab

 

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.

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Two Beauties

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The Nik West Signature uBass. And the cover of Ms. West’s latest single.

 

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.

Nik West Drops New Single

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Nik West and her signature uBass on the cover of her new single, “Purple Unicorn.”

Ubass endorsing artist, superb bassist, friend of this blog and all-around great person, Nik West, just dropped a new single.

The track, called “Purple Unicorn,” features MonoNeon on guitar, Nik on bass and Lil John Roberts (Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, among others) on drums.

Check the song out on iTunes, Spotify or Tidal.

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!

A Dream Come True

 

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The Nik West Signature California Series uBass in all its glory. Photo: Nik West

 

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.

Nik posted this on her Instagram and Kala reposted it to it’s own Instagram. Or was it the other way around? Who knows. These things can be so confusing at times.

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.

 

The Last of its Kind

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Once this Kala Solid Koa Acoustic U-Bass is gone, that’s it for the current California Series models. Photo: Kala Facebook Page

 

Like the dinosaurs, the original Kala California Koa Acoustic U-Bass is going extinct.

Kala posted on its Facebook page photos of the last California Koa Fretless available, saying once it’s gone, they will be gone forever. Only to be replaced by a new, improved series coming in 2018.

Kala had this to say about the California Koa:

Our finest creation in the acoustic U-Bass world. Meet the All Solid Koa Acoustic U-Bass made right here in Petaluma, Ca. Our manufacturing team has put a lot of effort into making sure this bass is everything you want it to be. Extravagant wood grain figure, a neck formed perfectly to your palm, the highest quality components and electronics, and hand finished for the best natural finish you’ve ever witnessed.

And this about its future:

This the LAST available model of this instrument EVER after this final fretless U-Bass sells this series will be discontinued and those wanting a California acoustic U-Bass will have to wait until 2018 for the next development in the U-Bass series.

Even though we have to wait a year for the new series to emerge, I’m sure it will be worth it. It’s hard to see how Kala could improve on the California Series, but then, not many people could envision a U-Bass in the first place, then Kala introduced one, so we’ll wait with great anticipation.

There’s Good News. And Bad News.

 

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Mike Upton says Kala is working on a Ubass newsletter. Photo: Kala

 

The good news that now there’s a new source of uBass information you can sign up for.

The newest entry is from none other than Kala themselves. They’ve been sending out an Ukulele-centric newsletter for years. Now they’ve decided to do a uBass-centric newsletter as well.

Really, Kala?

Just kidding. We welcome the company.

Besides, what could be better than getting the info from the horse’s mouth, as it were.

According to Mike Upton:

We received feedback requesting a separate newsletter solely focused on the U-Bass. We took your advice, and you can now sign up to receive our brand new U-Bass newsletter.

You can sign up for just the uBass newsletter, just the Ukulele newsletter, or for both. At the bottom of every page on the Kala web site there’s a sign-up box. Just put your email in and you’re good to go.

If you’re already a subscriber to Kala’s Ukulele newsletter, you can update your preferences to include the new newsletter on their web site.

We can’t wait for the first issue to hit our mailbox.

And now the bad news: Kala says they are discontinuing the acoustic California Series uBasses, in order to make room for new and improved models.

In a note on the Kala Facebook page, the company had this to say:

The Kala Acoustic California UBasses will be discontinued and production on these beautiful basses will cease to exist as we put our heads down and start work on the development of our next generation of Kala California Acoustic UBasses over these next six months.

The company notes it has two fretless and one fretted Koa model available for purchase. Get them while you still can. Once they are gone, that’s it for the current Acoustic California uBasses.

I’m Ringo and I Play Drums

 

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Ringo Starr and Nathan East with his Kala 5-string uBass.

 

Now how’s this for a rhythm section? Ringo Starr (you know who he is–the one on the left) and Kala endorsing artist Nathan East.

I swiped this photo from Kala’s Instagram. Hopefully they won’t mind.