A Brief Timeline of the uBass

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A selection of Kala uBasses at Bass Player Live 2017.

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.

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The Original Mahogany is Mike’s Favorite

 

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Kala’s Mike Upton with the original Mahogany uBass. Photo: Kala “Me & Uke” Blog

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.

The Mike and Ukulenny Show

Kala's Mike Upton and Ukulenny jamming on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"

Kala’s Mike Upton and Ukulenny jamming on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”

 

Mike Upton of Kala Brand Music Co. not only talks the talk, but he also walks the walk.

Here’s Mike accompanying Uke player Ukulenny on the uBass to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”

Check out the VIDEO  HERE.

The Mike and Magnus Show

Magnus Sjöquist speaking with Mike Upton about the uBass. Photo: YouTube Screenshot

Magnus Sjöquist speaking with Mike Upton about the uBass.
Photo: YouTube Screenshot

Here’s a real treat for all of you uBass fans: Mike Upton of Kala interviewing Magnus Sjöquist, uBass Artist and Play UBass! blogger about the uBass. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Our friend Magnus explains how he first encountered the uBass and what attracted him to it (Spoiler Alert: It was the big sound.)

This is Part I of the video with Magnus. Hopefully Part II will be up soon. And hopefully there’ll be more than just two parts.

I know Mike’s a busy man, but it would be great if this could become a recurring series of interviews with Kala uBass artists.

Add a Little Color to Your Life

Mike Upton trying out a set of Dreads strings in the uBass.

Mike Upton trying out a set of Dreads strings on the uBass.

Spice up your playing and add a little color to your life by replacing those boring, old, black Pahoehoe strings on your uBass with a new set of brightly colored “Dreads” strings.

They’re the same Pahoehoe formula as the regular strings, but they come in black, green, yellow and red. And while you’re at it, might as well play some Reggae in honor of these colorful babies.

According to Mike Upton of Kala, the Dreads feel a bit smoother than the black Pahoehoe, even thought they are not significantly different in formulation. He also notes they are a bit brighter (in sound) than the black strings.

Check out Mike playing a set of Dreads in THIS VIDEO.