New uBass Models on the Way

 

 

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New uBasses from Kala will include The Wanderer (left), The Passenger (center) and The Journeyman (right).

 

Kala has teased us with the news that it will be announcing new uBass models for 2018. There will be three new models in the initial release and hopefully more to come throughout the year.

According to Kala, the new models include The Wanderer (left in the photo), The Passenger (middle) and The Journeyman (right).

The Wanderer, the company notes, is “durable, travel friendly, and fitted with a clean and simple design.” It will come in Mahogany. It is expected to retail for $269.99

The Passenger is also made of Mahogany, Kala says, and features “handsome white binding and rosette as subtle stylish ornamentations.” It will retail for $299.99.

Kala says The Journeyman is “the grandest in our new UBass line up.” It is made of Mahogany and has a white binding and decorative f-holes. It will retail for $359.99.

Stay tuned for more information as Kala announces it.

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A Unique Concept in Uke Music

UniKuE

The 6-song EP from Sweetwater Studios features music played with Kala Ukuleles and uBasses.

 

Progressive Rock played on Ukuleles? Including the uBass?

Well, yes. That’s the concept behind the band UniKuE (Get it? It spells unique and Uke at the same time. Clever, huh?)

UniKuE is also the title of a six song EP created with Kala Ukuleles, uBasses, drums and vocals. There is not a guitar in sight. Not even a Kala Tenor Guitar.

The concept is pretty simple – and impressive:

The UniKuE concept was born when South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon) made a visit to the Sweetwater Studios with his Kala U-Bass. Producer Mark Hornsby loved the sound of the bass and wanted to do something that featured the instrument. Mark, along with drummer Nick D’Virgilio and guitarist Don Carr, came up with the idea of recording a few songs using not only the Kala U-Bass, but the whole Kala Ukulele family.

The tracks on the EP include:

  1. Living In The Past (Jethro Tull)
  2. Closer To The Heart (Rush)
  3. Frame By Frame (King Crimson)
  4. Kid Charlemagne (Steely Dan)
  5. Going To California (Led Zeppelin)
  6. Roundabout (Yes)

Sweetwater music, the online music retailer, produced the EP in their studios, recruiting top-tier musicians and producers. Bakithi Kumalo plass uBass on Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” and Jethro Tull’s “Living In The Past”. Adrian Belew plays on King Crimson’s “Frame by Frame”.

You can purchase the EP as an audio CD or download for $9.99 from Sweetwater.

Shop the PlayUBass Store

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Now you can buy official PlayUBass merchandise.

 

As you probably know, we are big fans of Magnus Sjöquist and his PlayUBass web site.

If you are too (and even if you aren’t) now you can show your loyalty by shopping at the PlayUBass store.

Magnus just opened his shop and now you can buy such merchandise as T-Shirts, mugs, hoodies and more. And for a limited time you will get a link to a free mp3 and video of Magnus’s not yet released song from his “Speaking Ubass Vol. 1 Jazz and Brazil” with your purchase!

So head on over and pick up a few items for the Holiday Season.

Get 10% Off the California Series

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Kala is offering 10% off all California Series uBasses and part until the end of the year.

 

From now until the end of the year (that’s 11 days from now), Kala is offering 10% off all California Series uBass instruments and parts purchased through its online store.

Just enter the code “UBASS17” at checkout to get your 10% discount.

Hurry, before you miss out.

A Brief Timeline of the uBass

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A selection of Kala uBasses at Bass Player Live 2017.

The Kala uBass Blog just published a brief timeline of the history of the uBass.

It starts in 2007 when Mike Upton of Kala and Owen Holt of Road Toad Music meet and goes to 2018 and Beyond.

Check it out HERE.

Now, Where Have I Seen This Before?

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Fender Adam Clayton Signature basses in Purple Sparkle Gloss.    Photo: Fender Musical Instrument Co.

 

Hmmm. Now this looks pretty familiar.

Fender is making Signature Series basses for U2’s bass player Adam Clayton. The Signature Jazz Bass and Signature Precision Bass will come in what the company calls “limited edition purple sparkle gloss.”

Now, where have I seen this before? Oh, yeah, Here and Here.

Looks like Nik West and Kala are trend-setters.

A Dream Come True – Part 2

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Nik West’s 5-String Signature uBass. Photo: Bass Player Magazine Instagram

Recently we told you about Nik West’s first Signature California Series Solidbody uBass, the Purple Unicorn four string model. Well, now there’s a five string version as well.

Bass Player Magazine posted a photo of the new uBass on its Instagram from its Bass Player Live 2017 Show.

And it’s a beauty. Similar in specs to the four string, except with an extra string (of course).

No word yet on when Nik and Kala will stop teasing us with these and make them available to the general public for purchase.