About as close to perfection as you can get.
As we noted in February, Kala has been informing its customers outside the U.S. that due to new restrictions on the importation of Rosewood and other exotic wood species, there will be delays in shipping its Ukuleles and uBasses.
Now Kala notes on its web site that it plans to discontinue using Rosewood in its domestic and imported instruments.
In a note on its web site, Kala said:
Because of the CITES prohibition on all species of Rosewood (Dalbergia), Kala will no longer be using Rosewood on our imported and USA-made instruments as of July 2017. We will still be shipping the remaining stock of Kala instruments with Rosewood to dealers until they are cleared out of our warehouses. You may see Kala instruments with Rosewood in stores for some time after our remaining stock has been sold. As early as February 2017 we began importing instruments with Walnut fingerboards and bridges. Along with Walnut, we will also be using Pau Ferro (Morado) and other non-CITES regulated woods to replace any components formerly using Rosewood.
So if you’re a fan of Rosewood fretboards, check your local dealer’s inventory for what’s left that can still be sold. Pretty soon Rosewood in Kala musical instruments will be a thing of the past.
…Is the brand-spanking new Kala Blog, featuring all things Ukulele, uBass and, of course, Kala.
The company says the blog is scheduled for launch on Friday October 13. Friday the 13th. Hmmm. They’ll initially post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Daily posts may come eventually.
Kala says: “The blog will feature news and updates on everything Kala, including Ukulele, U•Bass, and Artists. There will also be how to’s, tips, demonstrations, behind the scenes going-ons, and much more.”
So mark your calendars folks. The new Kala Blog on October 13.
Ubass endorsing artist, superb bassist, friend of this blog and all-around great person, Nik West, just dropped a new single.
If, after listening to the song, you say to yourself: “Hmm. That sounds a lot like Prince.” Well, that’s probably because Prince was a mentor to and a friend of Nik’s. And a big musical influence on her.
Also, check out the new Nik West Signature uBass in all its purple goodness on the cover!
Here it is. A first look at the newest in the line of Kala Signature uBasses. The Nik West Solidbody, in – what else – Purple Sparkle.
This one is a four string. No word yet on when these will hit the shelves or how much they’ll cost.
Ms. West previewed this on her Instagram. She notes it’ll have Roundwound strings.
I’m sure she’ll let us know when they are ready for the masses.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, has a 2012 spruce Kala uBass on display as part of its collection of instruments. The uBass was a gift from Kala to the museum.
The MIM, which has more than 6,500 instruments on display from more than 200 countries around the world at any one time, boasts more than 16,000 instruments in its permanent collection. The organization says all of its instruments have artistic and historic merit.
The display card for the uBass reads: “U-Bass (plucked Lute). China 2012. Mahogany, Spruce and Ebony woods; metal. Kala Brand Music Co., maker. This 21st-C[entury] version of the ukulele generates a rich bass tone when amplified. Gift of Kala Brand Music Co.”