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11-22-2017, 06:23 PM
Real dumb question but having just bought this bass ukulele it arrived with an allen key in a plastic packet. I'm guessing there's a good reason for it but could someone please fill me in?


Total noob but loving the ukulele
Shropshire UK

11-22-2017, 06:58 PM
It has a truss rod in order to fix neck.

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11-22-2017, 07:17 PM
The screw head most likely is inside the sound hole at the end of the neck. Can you post a photo of your bass, the online photos look very nice.

11-22-2017, 07:21 PM
Thanks very much for the pointer. I don't have an allen key socket at the neck end, but further investigation showed it to be inside the sound hole.

Much appreciated

11-22-2017, 07:28 PM
The screw head most likely is inside the sound hole at the end of the neck. Can you post a photo of your bass, the online photos look very nice.

Not quite yet figured out how to embed a pic in a post - hope this works


11-22-2017, 11:43 PM
Hi, Graham!

We call these strings udon. Yummy!

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11-23-2017, 04:42 AM
I immediately started looking up the Makala U Bass. I don’t think they are still in production. Was that an early inexpensive version of Kala’s (same company) U Bass? I am only seeing them for sale in the UK online.

11-23-2017, 10:44 AM
That looks like it comes from the same Chinese factory where Rondomusic.com gets it's acoustic bass ukes, judging by the electronics, tuners, strings, rosette. Does it have a rear access panel to make string change easier?

I just bought this one, a walnut cutaway, $185.90 shipped from Amazon. Eventually I'm going to change the strings to Road Toad black Pahoehoe because I find the Aquila Thunderguts are way to sticky and will dent (sausage) where they press against the frets.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Rondo Hadean my Walnut 800.jpg

11-23-2017, 05:53 PM
Yes it does have a rear access panel which I had to open as I kept hearing an odd swishing noise when I moved the uke. Turned out to be a small silica gel bag!

11-23-2017, 07:56 PM
No doubt it comes from the same factory in China. Rondo seems to be the USA distributer, I guess Makala (Kala?) must be for the UK.

11-26-2017, 11:04 PM
It is indeed made by Kala according to the label inside.


Interestingly, although the uke has a strap button on the end above the jack socket there isn't a second one anywhere. I'm hoping (looking at my tenor uke) that I could buy one and fix it somewhere on the neck where I've indicated?


Croaky Keith
11-26-2017, 11:22 PM
You can put a button anywhere on the heel, no problem, (they probably expect that most people will tie their straps to the headstock, but I don't either).

11-27-2017, 12:26 AM
Hi, Graham!

Try this syle first and see what happens.

https://s18.postimg.org/8d3skgm0p/image.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

11-27-2017, 12:44 AM
Thanks guys - at least you've explained why it is the way it is.

11-27-2017, 06:40 AM
I always add strap buttons to my bass ukes that don't have them. In this case ivory color.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Walnut Heal strap button.JPG

Even though the label shows Kala, it is still made in China by the same factory that makes the Rondo Hadean. There should be a Made in China label, usually on the back of the headstock.

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Walnut Made in China label.JPG

11-27-2017, 10:19 AM
Yup - I have an oval gold sticker with Made in China on mine in much the same position. I just wondered why the other strap button was omitted, but I can see that it would be easy enough to tie a strap onto the headstock.

01-22-2019, 08:53 PM
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