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Galli Strings

Galli Strings has a new set of black nylon, synthetic core strings for the uBass.                           Photo: Galli Strings Facebook

 

Add Galli Strings to your list of uBass string manufacturers.

The Italian string company says it’ll soon have a new set of black nylon, synthetic core strings for the uBass. No word yet on when they will be available or how much they’ll cost though.

But not to worry, our friend Magnus Sjöquist of Play Ubass says he has a set and will do a review soon. So keep an eye on his site for further details.

For now, here’s a short video from Galli Strings of the new strings in action.

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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.

Separated at Birth?

Kala-Rotosound

 

Notice any similarities between these two string packages? The Rotosound Nexus Bass strings on the left have been around for about four years. The Kala Silver Plated strings are fairly new. But the packaging is eerily reminiscent of each other.

So what’s the deal? Great (marketing and design) minds think alike? Imitation? Coincidence?

Who knows.

It’s probably more like, when you hit upon something good, you go with it.

I guess just as in Western music where everyone is working with the same notes, there’s just so much you can do with string package design.

 

Changing Strings? Try Metal.

The packaging for Kala's new metal round wounds uBass strings.

The packaging for Kala’s new metal round wounds uBass strings.

 

Let’s face it. Sometimes you just need to change things up. You need to try something different. Well, if you’re about to change the strings on your uBass, or are getting bored with your Pahoehoes, why not try Kala’s new metal round wound strings.

The strings are constructed with a nylon core with silver plated windings. In a video touting the new strings, Mike Upton says while the strings are “boomy” like the Pahoehoes, they do tend to offer a bit more treble than the other strings. So if you want your uBass to sound more like an electric/acoustic bass and less like a double bass, these may be the strings for you.

“These round wound strings provide a warm booming sound that the U-Bass is known for,” Kala notes. “They feature lower tension compared to traditional built bass strings, making them easy on the fingers with a great overall feel.”

The new strings feature the following:

  • Nylon core with Silver-plated windings
  • Specifically constructed for use with the Kala U-Bass
  • Provides player with extreme playability
  • Warm, powerful sound with clear note articulation
  • String construction and gauging gives player very accurate intonation

The new strings are very responsive and very articulate, according to Mike Upton. They still feature the “boomy” sound the uBass is known for, but with a bit more clarity and top end.

These new strings should not be confused with Kala’s Silver Rumbler strings made by Aquila. The Silver Rumblers feature Nylgut and a proprietary formula and are not metal strings.

Check out a video with Mike demoing a set of the strings HERE.