A Dream Come True

 

Nik West Signature UBass

The Nik West Signature California Series uBass in all its glory. Photo: Nik West

 

At least bassist Nik West’s dream anyway.

Last month we teased you with a first look at Ms. West’s Signature California Series uBass. Well, here’s what the uBass will look like when it’s done.

Nik posted this on her Instagram and Kala reposted it to it’s own Instagram. Or was it the other way around? Who knows. These things can be so confusing at times.

Anyway, the point is, the Nik West Signature uBass is ready for prime time.

Hopefully it’ll be available to buy soon for all of us non-signature worthy bassists out there.

 

First Look: Nik West Signature Solidbody

 

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A sneak peak at the Nik West Signature uBass.     Photo: nikwestbass Instagram

 

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.

Stay tuned.

Magnus Needs Suggestions

 

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Magnus Sjöquist is looking for suggestions for cover songs to play. Photo: Facebook screen capture

 

Our friend Magnus Sjöquist at PlayUbass is planning on recording a new cover song and he wants your suggestions.

What do you think he should play?

Head on over to his Facebook page and leave your suggestions of songs you think would sound good on his uBass.

The Last of its Kind

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Once this Kala Solid Koa Acoustic U-Bass is gone, that’s it for the current California Series models. Photo: Kala Facebook Page

 

Like the dinosaurs, the original Kala California Koa Acoustic U-Bass is going extinct.

Kala posted on its Facebook page photos of the last California Koa Fretless available, saying once it’s gone, they will be gone forever. Only to be replaced by a new, improved series coming in 2018.

Kala had this to say about the California Koa:

Our finest creation in the acoustic U-Bass world. Meet the All Solid Koa Acoustic U-Bass made right here in Petaluma, Ca. Our manufacturing team has put a lot of effort into making sure this bass is everything you want it to be. Extravagant wood grain figure, a neck formed perfectly to your palm, the highest quality components and electronics, and hand finished for the best natural finish you’ve ever witnessed.

And this about its future:

This the LAST available model of this instrument EVER after this final fretless U-Bass sells this series will be discontinued and those wanting a California acoustic U-Bass will have to wait until 2018 for the next development in the U-Bass series.

Even though we have to wait a year for the new series to emerge, I’m sure it will be worth it. It’s hard to see how Kala could improve on the California Series, but then, not many people could envision a U-Bass in the first place, then Kala introduced one, so we’ll wait with great anticipation.

Win the One That Started it All

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To celebrate 100,000 Facebook followers, Kala is giving away an acoustic Mahogany uBass.               Photo: Kala Brand Music Co.

 

In celebration if it’s gaining 100,000 followers on Facebook, Kala is giving away a Fretted Solid Mahogany Acoustic uBass. The one that started it all.

Begin your Father’s Day weekend with the boom of the U•Bass. The Original U•Bass model—the thundering Solid Mahogany U•Bass—is where it all started. With the sound of an upright bass in a compact package, what better way to celebrate dads!

For a chance to win, check out Kala’s Facebook page. There’ll be a post there with all the details on how to enter.

Good Luck!

Need an Amp for Those Busking Sessions?

 

 

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The new Vox Adio Air BS bass amp. Photo: Vox Amplification

 

If you’re looking for a small, portable, lightweight, yet powerful amp for your subway busking sessions, or just to practice your uBass at home, you may be interested in the new offering from Vox Amplification Ltd.

Vox, well know for their guitar and bass amps, in July plans to release their Adio Air series of modeling amps in both bass and guitar versions. The bass version, curiously named the Adio Air BS, features 50 watts, two 3″ speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, battery or AC power and it weighs just over 6 pounds without batteries. It can be powered by eight AA batteries, or the included AC adapter.

The Adio series of amps feature 11 amp models built in, or 17 models with the company’s Tone Room software. They also have a built-in tuner.

The company notes that:

The unique slanted design of the Adio allows you to position it with the speakers pointing diagonally upward so that the output reaches your ears directly even at short distances. This means that you can enjoy always performing or listening in the sweet spot. The chassis is designed to minimize parallel surfaces, delivering a smooth sound that suppresses any internal resonances.

Check out Vox’s video of the Adio Series amps in action HERE.

The amps should be available in July, and retail for $299.99.

 

 

Gettin’ in Tune

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The new Korg AW-LT100B Clip-On Tuner is said to easily tune bass frequencies. Photo: Korg Inc.

 

If you use a clip-on tuner with your uBass, you know what a pain it can be to get your strings in tune, particularly the E string. Most clip-on tuners have a hard time handling low frequencies, so trying to tune a bass is usually an act of frustration. And forget trying to tune a bass with more than four strings.

Well, those days may be over. Korg comes to the rescue with the AW-LT100B Tuner, which it says is specifically made for tuning bass frequencies.

As the company notes on its web site:

The AW-LT100B is designed specifically for bass. It uses a chromatic mode with dedicated circuitry that boosts the detection sensitivity in the ultra-low range below 100 Hz. The capability of this tuner is particularly apparent when tuning the 5-string or 6-string basses for which stable tuning has been difficult until now.

The Specs for the tuner are as follows:

  • Scale: 12 note equal temperament
  • Range (sine wave): E0 (20.60 Hz)─C5 (523.3 Hz)
  • Precision: ± 0.1 cent (Strobe mode)
  • Reference Pitch: A4 = 436─445 Hz (1 Hz steps)
  • Display Modes: Regular, Strobe, Half-strobe
  • Power Supply: AAA battery x 1
  • Battery Life: Approximately 100 hours (tuner continuously operating, A4 input, when using alkaline battery)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 60 mm x 60 mm x 55 mm/2.36″ x 2.36″ x 2.17″
  • Weight: 32 g/1.13 oz. (including battery)
  • Included Items: One AAA battery for checking operation

It remains to be seen if the tuner actually performs as Korg says it does. It may not be the best looking tuner out there, but if it does the job, then why complain.

The AW-LT100B tuner should be available in July and will cost $24.99.