The Colors of Summer NAMM


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Sam from Kraft Music shows off the new Kala Journeymen uBasses at Summer NAMM.        Photo: Youtube Screen Capture


Here’s a nice video by Kraft Music of the new Kala Journeyman uBasses at Summer NAMM in Nashville. The video features the Mahogany, Black and Red models.

According to Sam in the video, the Mahogany is shipping with Aquila Thundergut strings and the Black and Red are shipping with Kala’s Roundwound metal strings. Each also ships with a Kala gig bag.

The three uBasses retail for $359.99.


Guild Debuts New Travel Bass


Guild’s new Jumbo Junior Acoustic/Electric Travel Bass. Photo: Guild Guitars

Guild Guitars at Summer NAMM introduced an acoustic/electric travel-sized, short-scale bass. The oxymoronically (is that even a word?) named Jumbo Junior Bass is a 23 3/4 inch scale four-string bass in the company’s Westerly Collection of guitars and basses.

The company says the Jumbo Junior Bass features a Sitka Spruce top and arched Flame Maple back, with a Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard.

Guild notes:

We chose a solid Sitka spruce top and arched flamed maple back to mirror the tonewoods that have been used in upright bass construction for centuries, resulting in a clear, tight bass tone that is impressive for its reduced size.

The Specs include:

Scale: 23¾″
Body Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
Body Back and Sides: Layered Flamed Maple
Bracing: Scalloped Sitka Spruce
Rosette: MOP and ABS Ring
Finish: Satin polyurethane
Body Binding: Cream ABS
Top Purfling: Black and White ABS
Neck: MapleNut Width: 1 5/8″ / 41mm
Nut Material: Bone
Fingerboard: Ebony
Fingerboard Inlays: 5mm MOP Dots
Frets: 19
Tuning Machines: Guild Closed Gear Bass, 18:1 Ratio
Hardware Finish/Plating: Chrome
Truss Rod: Dual Action
Bridge: Ebony
Bridge String Spacing: 2 1/8″ / 54mm
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ivory Colored Plastic with Black Dot
Strings: Coated Phosphor Bronze Nylon Core .037-.090
Endpin: Endpin Jack
Pickguard: Tortoiseshell
Pickup: Guild AP-1 Active Acoustic Piezo Pickup
Case: Guild Deluxe Gig Bag

Check out Guild’s video of the new bass HERE.

Handmade Koa uBass on the Way from Kala

Kala's new Acoustic/Electric Koa uBass

Kala’s new Acoustic/Electric Koa uBass

Kala came to Summer NAMM in Nashville this year ready to impress, and it seems they’ve accomplished their goal.

Rick Carlson brought along one of the company’s new uBass models to the show. It’s a handmade Acoustic/Electric Koa model with LR Baggs electronics, made in Kala’s Custom Shop in Petaluma, Ca. And boy is it pretty.

Check out this video of Rick introducing the newest member of the uBass stable at Summer NAMM.

This model sells for $2799 and comes delivered in a tweed hard case. It’s available fretted or fretless. Kala also has a Flame Maple version ($2299) and a Peruvian Walnut version, also $2299.

The SUB uBass Live from NAMM

Here it is folks, live from Summer NAMM 2011, the new import Kala SUB Solidbody uBass in action.

Check out this video–presented by Harmony Central–of the new SUB imports live and in person at the Kala booth at NAMM.


New Kala Imported Solidbody uBass Models Debut at NAMM

Don’t want to pay $1,199.00 for a Made In The USA Kala uBass? Well, now Kala Brand Music Co. is offering imported models for half that price.

Kala introduced yesterday at Summer NAMM three UBASS-SUB import models to the lineup. I assume they are made in China. The three models are similar to the USA Solidbodies, except they are made from Poplar, not Swamp Ash. The other specs are similar to the USA models. The UBASS-SUB comes in black, red and sunburst. They retail for $549.00 for the black and red and $649.00 for the sunburst. They also sport a passive Shadow Piezo pickup and 2-Band EQ like the American versions, but I suspect they are of lesser quality on the imports (hence the lower price).

They should be arriving in stores soon. Initially the SUB models will only be available in fretted and right-handed. Can fretless and lefties be far behind?

Kala also added a link to Online Dealers on its USA Solidbody uBass page.

Have A Ukadelic New Year

Kala Brand Music Co. is debuting a new series of Ukuleles next week at the 2011 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA..

The “Ukadelic” series features “audacious” new graphics that include Paisley, Tie-Dye, Tattoo, Flag, and Reggae designs, according to the company.

“Ukadelic captures all that is fun about the ukulele and more. The designs of these colorful ukes incorporate art, culture, and humor into their design,” Kala says. “All models are available in Soprano size, with the Reggae model also available in  tenor size. Ukadelic models feature all wood construction, geared tuners, and Aquila Strings.”

Look for them to show up on the Kala Web site soon.

More Solidbody Goodness

As if my previous post about Kala’s solidbody uBass wasn’t enough to get your UAS (ukulele acquisition syndrome) churning, here’s a photo of Owen Holt of Road Toad Music–the man who designed the Kala uBass–at Summer 2010 NAMM, showing off a 5-string Solidbody uBass.

This one is a “Jazz” style in Tenor size. And it’s a singlecut!

It looks pretty cool dressed in Dreads, doesn’t it?

Hopefully we’ll see this one available for purchase soon.