Should We? Or Shouldn’t We.

For almost seven years, we’ve been writing about the awesome Kala uBass. We started this blog in 2010 because the uBass rocks, and it was unique at the time. If you wanted an affordable little bass based on a ukulele, there wasn’t much choice back then.

But that’s changed. Today, Kala has plenty of competition in the uBass field.

So that’s why I’d like your feedback on whether or not we should expand our coverage to include non-Kala brand uBasses, very short scale travel basses and similar instruments like the Kala Paddle bass. We’ll still provide coverage of Kala and its uBass models, but we think there might be an appetite for coverage of non-Kala products as well. This will not only give us other brands to write about, but also compare how the competition fares against Kala.

Our main focus will still be on the Kala uBass, but we’ll also let you know about those instruments that are trying to compete head-to-head with them.

So we’d like to hear from you. Send us a comment about whether or not you think expanded coverage is a good idea, or if you’d rather keep things the way they are.

Or use the poll above and vote for how you want us to proceed. The poll will be live for a week.

So vote early and vote often. (Actually you can only vote once, just like in real life.)

Black Friday California uBass Sale Coming!

Kala is offering 10% off its California Series uBasses in a Black Friday sale.

Kala is offering 10% off its California Series uBasses in a Black Friday sale.

 

Kala announced it is holding a Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale on its California Series uBasses.

From Nov.25 to Nov.28, Black Friday Weekend here in the U.S., the company is offering 10% off its California Series uBasses. You’ll also get a free Kala USA T-Shirt with your purchase.

The deal is only available for purchases through Kala’s web store.

Handmade. Right Here in the U.S.A.

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Kala’s figured Solid Maple California Series uBass.

 

Kala plans to make available two new models of uBass in its California Series next month in its online store.

The company said it will make available two handmade acoustic/electric models – one in figured Solid Maple and one in Solid Koa. The California Series currently consists of 4-string and 5-string Solidbody models.

“These basses will represent the pinnacle of acoustic UBass tone and sound,” Kala says.

The company says it will release more information and photos soon – presumably the price and detailed specs – on the two models. Kala plans to make the models available for purchase on October 14.

As they say, watch this space.

How to Restring a Solidbody uBass

Chris demonstrates how to put Kala metal Roundwound strings on a solidbody uBass.

Chris demonstrates how to put Kala metal Roundwound strings on a solidbody uBass.

 

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how you would go about restringing your new (or even old) solidbody uBass with Kala’s metal Roundwound strings, wonder no more. The good people at Kala – namely Chris – have released a video that will walk you through the process.

The video shows Chris restringing a 5-string Solidbody, but the same techniques apply to a 4-string as well.

For those of us who don’t have a bass tech waiting in the wings, being able to change strings ourselves is a fundamental skill to have. It’s not very complicated. So don’t be afraid to dive in and put on a new set of strings.

Happy Birthday To Us!

 

The uBass Appreciation Society is Celebrating its Sixth Birthday Today.

The uBass Appreciation Society is Celebrating its Sixth Birthday Today.

 

Today is August 23 and it’s our Sixth Birthday.

On this day in 2010, the uBass Appreciation Society sprang to life, celebrating everything that is the Kala uBass. As with our first post, our singular focus was then, and still continues to be, the uBass that Kala brought into this world in 2007.

So sit back, pop a cold beverage, get out your uBass and read a few of our previous posts to celebrate our birthday. Click on any month in the Archives links to the right and relive the past of the uBass.

Not to toot our own horn or anything…well, OK, to toot our own horn…We’ve seen our traffic steadily increase over the past six years. We’re not talking Google-size traffic or anything, but it’s pretty good for a little ad-free blog covering a very narrow subject area.

WordPress tells us that in the past six years we’ve had more than 55,000 visitors and more than 182,000 views of our 254 posts. So far we’ve got 31 followers (with a number of them with us for five years). And that’s to say nothing of the people who pop in and out at various times.

I’d just like to say thank you to everyone for your loyalty. Keep reading. And we’ll keep writing.

Bakithi Covers Bass Player Magazine

Bakithi Kumalo and his signature uBass on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Bass Player magazine.

Bakithi Kumalo and his signature uBass on the cover of the October 2016 issue of Bass Player magazine.

 

Bakithi Kumalo and his signature Kala uBass cover the October 2016 issue of Bass Player magazine.

It should be hitting the newsstand any day now, so run out and pick it up.

They’re Available for Pre-Order Now

 

Some of the newly redesigned California Series uBass models.

Some of the newly redesigned California Series uBass models.

They’re officially here! The newly updated 2016 California Series Made in the USA uBasses.

There are 13 models in all: 7 four strings and 6 five strings.

Prices range from $899.99-$989.99 for the 4-string models and $989.99-$1,079.99 for the 5-string models. You can pre-order one here.

The prices on Kala’s Web store reflect the 10% discount if you access the store through their Facebook pre-order link (above).

Order one today.