See if you can name all the different uBass models.
The company has placed this disclaimer on its web site:
Please bear with us—due to new International Export Regulations regarding all species of Rosewood there will be an undetermined postponement of orders containing Kala Elites, California U-Basses, and USA Banjo Ukulele shipping outside the United States. We hope to have this resolved as soon as possible.
The Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) held a conference from September 24 to October 4 this year in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it was decided that all species of rosewood under the genus Dalbergia and three bubinga species (Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, and Guibourtia tessmannii) will be protected and its export restricted, according to Reverb.com.
The restrictions went into affect January 2.
Kosso – sometimes called African rosewood (Pterocarpus erinaceus) – will also be protected, they note.
While Brazilian Rosewood is was already under CITES protection, now all the nearly 300 other species of rosewood are under similar regulation. This includes East Indian rosewood and Honduran rosewood – as well as woods like cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) and African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) – that are widely used in the manufacturing of stringed instruments, marimbas and some woodwinds.
Rosewood is the world’s most trafficked wild product, according to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, accounting for a third of all seizures by value, more than elephant ivory, pangolins, rhino horn, lions and tigers put together.
So, if you’re an overseas customer of Kala’s, prepare for delays if you buy an instrument form them. Sales shipped within the United States are not affected. If you already own an instrument with rosewood and have it in your possession, there’s no need to worry. You can also travel with previously purchased instruments with no restrictions.
A big Thank You to Andy and the guys over at Acoustic Bridge blog for naming the uBass Appreciation Society one of their “23 Ukulele Blogs You Need to Tune Into This Year.” He also provided this cool badge for us to use on our site.
We were listed 18th among the 23 Top Ukulele Blogs, though I don’t think the blogs were listed in any order. With blogs like Uke Hunt and Ukulele Underground on the list, we’re in pretty good company.
Here’s what Acoustic Bridge had to say about us:
This site focuses on those who are interested in the Kala brand uBass, which is a combination baritone ukulele and bass guitar. They offer playing tips, news and lots of info!
In case you’re not familiar with Acoustic Bridge, they cover piano, ukulele and guitar for beginning musicians and those interested in acoustic instruments. Go check out the blog and tell Andy the uBass Appreciation Society sent you.
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.
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.
Whoever shot this video needs some lessons on where to point the camera, however. Whenever Mike is talking about a specific feature of the uBass, the camera is focusing on his face, not the thing he’s actually talking about.
Cinematography 101 people.
Our friend Magnus Sjöquist of Playubass.com has been hard at work putting together a book for novice uBass players called “Learn to Play the UBass.” It’ll feature video lessons, TABs and his musing on the art of bass playing with a uBass.
Magnus says initially the book will be available on iBooks for iOS devices like the iPad, but he may eventually do a version in ePub for PC users.
According to Magnus:
“With my different Lesson Packs I will share the knowledge I’ve gathered throughout the years. It could be anything from my thoughts and experiences about how to hold the Ubass to genre specific tools; things I think the player will benefit from when they want to play a certain style of music or get a grip on a certain technique.”
He also noted that he has considered offering uBass lessons over Skype for some time. If you want to learn how to play the uBass, there’s no one better to teach you than Magnus.
“Learn to Play the UBass” is in preview now and should be available for purchase soon. Check it out HERE.