You Now Have (String) Options



Kala uBasses (from left) The Rumbler, Bubinga and Exotic Mahogany are now available with string options.


As pointed out by Bass Player magazine, Kala is now offering its uBass models with different string options.

In an article on their online site, they point out that Kala is now offering Road Toad Polyurethane Pahoehoe, Aquila Silver Rumbler and Kala Roundwound strings on some models.

Not exactly new, the uBass models have been available for a while (all except the Bubinga, which is fairly new) and you could get the strings separately and restring your uBass if you were so inclined. Still, it’s nice to know Kala is offering options if you are not a fan of the original Pahoehoe strings.

You can now get The Rumbler U-Bass with Aquila Silver Rumbler strings, which are designed “with increased density and stability for a clear, resonate low end.”

You can buy the The Bubinga U-Bass strung with Road Toad Polyurethane Pahoehoe strings, which gives “it a deep, punchy low end.”

Or you can buy The Exotic Mahogany U-Bass with Kala Round Wound strings that adds “treble while retaining the immense low end.” Pahoehoe also are available on the Exotic Mahogany if you prefer.


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.

Tonal Variation: It’s All in the Wood

Kala Tonewood Chart.

Kala Tonewood Chart.


So, you’ve decided to buy an acoustic Kala uBass, but you are not sure which model to get. It’s a tough choice, for sure.

There are a number of considerations when you’re in the market for a new uBass. What sound are you going for? What type of strings do you plan to use: Pahoehoe or Roundwound? What look are you going for?

These are all important considerations. But probably the most important consideration should be what kind of wood do you want your uBass to be made from. While there has been a debate for years in guitar/bass/ukulele/mandolin circles about which tonewood is “better” for a particular instrument, the type of wood doesn’t really matter much in an electric instrument. But an acoustic instrument is another thing entirely.

When you are looking to buy an acoustic instrument, the type of wood used to make that instrument is probably the number one consideration. Do you want a light and airy tone? Or a dark, rich tone? The type of wood used will have a major effect on the sound of the instrument.

So, now that you want to buy an acoustic Kala uBass and you know that the type of wood it’s made of is important, which do you choose? Ask three musicians their preference and you’ll get three different answers. But fear not. Kala has got you covered.

As you can see in the above photo, Kala has categorized the tonewoods it uses and the sound you can expect from a uBass made from it.

For example, Spruce will give you “crisp, consistent note articulation.” While Mahogany will give you a “soft and warm balance” with a lot of mids. Koa, on the other hand, is “sweet, mellow and warm.”

So there you have it folks. Straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were. Kala has taken all the guesswork out of which tone wood gives you what sound.

Now go out and buy that uBass!