Hmm…Where Have I Seen This Before?



Kala Koa California Solid Body U-Bass ad featuring Nathan East.

Look familiar?

It sure did to us.

Spotted this two-page spread ad for the Koa California Solidbody U-Bass featuring the amazing Nathan East.


Handmade Koa uBass on the Way from Kala

Kala's new Acoustic/Electric Koa uBass

Kala’s new Acoustic/Electric Koa uBass

Kala came to Summer NAMM in Nashville this year ready to impress, and it seems they’ve accomplished their goal.

Rick Carlson brought along one of the company’s new uBass models to the show. It’s a handmade Acoustic/Electric Koa model with LR Baggs electronics, made in Kala’s Custom Shop in Petaluma, Ca. And boy is it pretty.

Check out this video of Rick introducing the newest member of the uBass stable at Summer NAMM.

This model sells for $2799 and comes delivered in a tweed hard case. It’s available fretted or fretless. Kala also has a Flame Maple version ($2299) and a Peruvian Walnut version, also $2299.

Kala is Working Up Some New uBasses

The front of Kala's new Koa USA built uBass.

The front of Kala’s new Koa USA built uBass.

Kala is planning to introduce at least one new uBass at this year’s NAMM show, which begins January 23. The company teased the new instrument on its Facebook page. It notes that there are a few new models in development.

The new uBass will be an acoustic/electric with a Koa top and from the photo looks to have Koa sides as well. It’ll be a Custom Shop model made in the USA, though there’s no word on availability or pricing yet.

Kala apparently is excited by its new uBass, as noted on its Facebook page:

We’re starting to make some very cool stuff right here in the U.S. of A! This Hawaiian Koa body is so beautiful on the inside, we can’t wait to show off the outside at The NAMM Show!

Kala also has its 2014 Catalog available as a PDF download HERE.