Bass Player Live 2014 uBass Clinic

Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Bukithi Kumalo on stage at Bass Player Live 2014.

Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Bakithi Kumalo on stage at Bass Player Live 2014.


If you were lucky enough to be at Bass Player magazine’s 2014 Bass Player Live show on November 8-9 in Los Angeles, then you probably saw the uBass clinic live. If you weren’t there, you can still enjoy the clinic thanks to Kala, which posted the highlights in a vide on its YouTube channel.

The clinic was hosted by Abraham Laboriel Sr. and Bakithi Kumalo. Those in attendance were treated to a duet by the two bass greats, with Laboriel on an acoustic uBass and Kumalo on his signature Solidbody.

Check out the video Here.

Highlights from the show include:

The presentation of Abraham Laboriel’s Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by a performance by Open Hands, with Abraham, keyboardist Greg Mathieson, saxophonist Justo Almario and drummer Bill Maxwell.

A VSOP clinic performance by Abraham Laboriel, Bakitihi Kumalo (Paul Simon) and Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), presented by Kala.

If you play bass, then the Bass Player Live event is like heaven for you. All that bass talent in one place would make anybody want to immediately run out an buy a uBass – or two.


Going Once. Going Twice…

This Custom uBass SUB, signed by 12 famous bass players, is being auctioned for charity.

This Custom uBass SUB, signed by 12 famous bass players, is being auctioned for charity.


If you’ve always wanted to pick up a uBass with a little something extra, now’s your chance.

Kala is auctioning for charity on eBay a U-BASS-SUB4FS-SBK, signed by not one, not two, but a dozen famous bass players. The uBass was made by Kala’s Custom Shop and features a pink mirrored pickguard and truss rod cover provided by WD Music.

The uBass sports the following bass players’ autographs:

Abraham Laboriel
Bakithi Kumalo
Leland Sklar
Tim Lefebvre
Phil Chen
Mike Merritt
Bob Glaub
Chuck Rainey
Steve Bailey
Neil Stubenhaus
Philip Bynoe
Oscar Cartaya

Kala says that 100% of the funds generated by the auction will be donated to Family House, Inc., a non-profit that serves as a home-away-from-home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

The uBass features the following:

Poplar body
Fretted bolt-on Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
HIPSHOT licensed tuning machines
Rosewood nut
SHADOW active pickup system with volume control and 2-band EQ
Proprietary Polyurethane strings
U-Bass logo gig bag included
Pink mirrored pickguard and truss rod cover

You can bid on the bass on eBay Here. As of this posting, the bass has four bids and is at $510. There are nine days left in the auction.

It’s a great uBass. And an even greater cause. If you have the money, put in a bid. You might just win. If you don’t win, you’ll still be contributing to a great charity.

Playing a Little Bass

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Hutch Hutchinson, Abraham Laboriel, Bakithi Kumalo and Steve Bailey jamming at the Kala uBass Day.

Wow! Just, Wow!

This is what’s possible with a uBass in the hands of a master. And in this case, the uBass is in the hands of not one, but three, masters.

Check out this video from last month’s Kala uBass Day at the Berklee College of Music. Here, Hutch Hutchinson, Abraham Laboriel, Bakithi Kumalo and Steve Bailey jamming together with three uBasses and a Warwick six-string bass.

It’ll blow you away.

Get Thee to Berklee

Bakithi Kumalo

If you’re anywhere within shouting distance of Boston on December 7, get on over to the Berklee Performance Center at 1:00 pm for the U-Bass Summit.

Steve Bailey, the bass chair at Berklee College of Music, has invited three of the world’s greatest bass players (who also happen to be Kala uBass endorsers) – Abe Laboriel (Herbie Hancock, Madonna, Michael Jackson), Bathiki Kumalo (Paul Simon), and Hutch Hutchinson (Bonnie Rait, Willie Nelson) – to present a workshop on the uBass. The event is open to the public and will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

And the best part is, it’s free.