Buy ‘Em By the Dozen

 

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Oh No! Magnus fell and spilled all his uBasses!

You should be more careful my friend.

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The Journeyman in the Hands of a Master

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Magnus Sjöquist demoing the new Kala Journeyman uBass at the Winter NAMM show.          Photo: Kala Brand Music Co.

 

Kala posted on its Facebook page a photo (above) of our friend and uBass player extraordinaire Magnus Sjöquist demoing their new Journeyman uBass at the Winter NAMM 2018 pre-show.

I’m sure Magnus will have a full review for us to read on his Play UBass! blog once he returns from the show.

Kala also says a video is coming soon. So stay tuned.

 

Shop the PlayUBass Store

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Now you can buy official PlayUBass merchandise.

 

As you probably know, we are big fans of Magnus Sjöquist and his PlayUBass web site.

If you are too (and even if you aren’t) now you can show your loyalty by shopping at the PlayUBass store.

Magnus just opened his shop and now you can buy such merchandise as T-Shirts, mugs, hoodies and more. And for a limited time you will get a link to a free mp3 and video of Magnus’s not yet released song from his “Speaking Ubass Vol. 1 Jazz and Brazil” with your purchase!

So head on over and pick up a few items for the Holiday Season.

Magnus Needs Suggestions

 

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Magnus Sjöquist is looking for suggestions for cover songs to play. Photo: Facebook screen capture

 

Our friend Magnus Sjöquist at PlayUbass is planning on recording a new cover song and he wants your suggestions.

What do you think he should play?

Head on over to his Facebook page and leave your suggestions of songs you think would sound good on his uBass.

Magnus Demos the Paddle Bass

 

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Magnus Sjöquist puts the Kala Paddle Bass through its paces.

 

Our friend Magnus Sjöquist of PlayUBass fame, posted a video of himself and his bandmates putting the new, as yet unreleased, Kala Paddle Bass through its paces.

Check out the video here.

As Magnus demonstrates in the video, the one-string bass can be adapted to any genre of music and can be played on the lap, mountain dulcimer style, or it can be held like a guitar and played that way.

He also did a Facebook Live video, explaining how the Paddle Bass works. Check that video out here.

 

Magnus Takes His New uBass Out for a Spin

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Magnus Sjöquist poses with his new Kala California Series Acoustic/Electric uBass.

Magnus Sjöquist (I think by now I can just refer to him by his first name and you’d know whom I’m talking about) just posted a photo to his Instagram of himself and his new California Series fretless uBass.

Apparently he’s played his first gig with the new uBass and it went very well. Nice to hear Magnus! But how could you not love the uBass?

While you’re at it, why not follow Magnus on Instagram?

Paddle Bass First Look

 

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Magnus Sjöquist demonstrates Kala’s new Paddle uBass at Winter NAMM 2017.

 

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.