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jkevinwolfe
06-24-2009, 05:09 PM
http://files.me.com/jkevinwolfe/mnh7ua
Bought this (http://cgi.ebay.com.my/NEW-KALA-U-BASS-Ukulele-Bass-Great-new-product-case_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQitemZ270408293896) from musicguymic for $600. Yeah the price seems a bit steep, but it comes with a decent hard foam case, a nice little humidifier from Mic and a very nice Shadow passive piezo bass pickup with four separate crystals and jack which goes for about $125.

The uke itself is not that special. It's a mahogany baritone Kala made in China. It's fitted with a wide neck and special bridge to handle Owen Holt's Road Toad poly bass strings and to hold the Shadow saddle.

The sound is where this thing kicks. The Shadow needs no preamp and comes through nicely with absolutely no hum. Un-amped volume is lacking, but you'd expect that with such a small body. Still, it's loud enough for practice.

The strings are a dream to play. Very easy on the fingers (for those of us non-bass players used to thin little nylon soprano strings.)

Here's a sample (http://files.me.com/jkevinwolfe/u1jtee). This was recorded with a touch of distortion and compression. Nothing musical, just gives you an idea of what it sounds like.

seeso
06-24-2009, 05:20 PM
Bought this (http://cgi.ebay.com.my/NEW-KALA-U-BASS-Ukulele-Bass-Great-new-product-case_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQitemZ270408293896) from musicguymic for $600.

Whoa, very cool! Jealous. She sounds sweet.

Link
06-24-2009, 09:17 PM
You got one!! I want one with every fiber of my being. I just can't justify saving up the $600. Great purchase man, and she sounds awesome in the sample!

jkevinwolfe
06-25-2009, 12:22 AM
The price tag scared me off for about three minutes. Kidding. I'm not a bass player but needed a bottom end for my recordings. I like to play bass chords and this is a good option for that. Much easier than doing it on a standard bass or the fretless Ashbory.

The body joins at the 12th fret and the fretboard is only 16 frets long, so playing the upper octave is pretty much out, but overall I think it will give me years of practical use. I have been told by a few people that these strings are good for a few years. I like that part.

davoomac
06-25-2009, 12:54 AM
I soo want one..Wow that's alot... but she sure does sound awesome in the sample! Loads of fun I'd imagine.

1014
06-25-2009, 06:42 AM
for $400 more you can get locust's roadtoad bufo bass. well worth it. it's in the marketplace here

PoisonDart
06-25-2009, 07:40 AM
I want this so badly for just the reasons you've stated.

Damn having to buy a car...

jkevinwolfe
06-25-2009, 02:02 PM
I'm positive the Bufo is a substantially better uke. Owen Holt makes great stuff. This has Owen's strings and a really nice pickup so it will suffice for my needs.

PD: Definitely liking it more the more I use it.

veep
06-29-2009, 04:58 AM
sweet uke

russ_buss
06-29-2009, 05:37 AM
thanks for the sound sample and review. it sounds great!

and that price, ye-ouch!

Bluke
06-29-2009, 07:22 PM
I just played one of those at the vendor area at the Tahoe Uke Fest. It really was fun, and sounded great through a little cube bass amp. Those strings are funny, but it all worked.

$600 is not much for a nice instrument.

jkevinwolfe
06-29-2009, 11:33 PM
Bluke, Glad to hear you got a chance to play one. Owen Holt, the guy who invented the strings and designed the U Bass was there. I hope you got to meet him. Can't say enough about good things about him.

Nice to know you think it was not too pricey. I had been wrestling with that notion. But realizing that the custom HipShot tuners and the Shadow pickup together retail for about $225, the price seems justified.

kim jorgensen
09-03-2009, 04:03 PM
Hi Guys/Gals:

I've got one of Owen's semihollows for sale. It's in perfect condition and is a great little instrument. why do I want to I want to sell?

1) I'm really a tenor player

2) It would make my wife feel better because I bought a Kanilea tenor this past summer

3) I just don't have time to focus on both tneor and bass

I would sell it for $600 which is what I paid. No scratches, no nothing wrong hardly played. It took Owen 6-8 months to have it ready for me. I picked it up at his house.


Here's the thing: I live in Berkeley and am not real hit to doing things by mail where I could get cheated and you should want to see it first. Any potential buyers in my local area? or someone willing to drive? Send me an email and I'll send pictures: kjbjarne@yahoo.com no haggling, please. firm price. I don't need to sell. It would just be nice for me and you. p.s. look it up at the road toad site and you'll get all the specs. semi-hollow

kim jorgensen
09-03-2009, 04:04 PM
Hi Guys/Gals:

I've got one of Owen's semihollows for sale. It's in perfect condition and is a great little instrument. why do I want to I want to sell?

1) I'm really a tenor player

2) It would make my wife feel better because I bought a Kanilea tenor this past summer

3) I just don't have time to focus on both tneor and bass

I would sell it for $600 which is what I paid. No scratches, no nothing wrong hardly played. It took Owen 6-8 months to have it ready for me. I picked it up at his house.


Here's the thing: I live in Berkeley and am not real hip to doing things by mail where I could get cheated and you should want to see it first. Any potential buyers in my local area? or someone willing to drive? Send me an email and I'll send pictures: kjbjarne@yahoo.com no haggling, please. firm price. I don't need to sell. It would just be nice for me and you. p.s. look it up at the road toad site and you'll get all the specs. semi-hollow

Uncle-Taco
09-03-2009, 04:09 PM
I just played one of those at the vendor area at the Tahoe Uke Fest. It really was fun, and sounded great through a little cube bass amp. Those strings are funny, but it all worked.

$600 is not much for a nice instrument.

I played that, too, and I agree. I liked it.
I liked Road Toad's "Scarab" bass really well, too. (And those people are super cool.)
The string tension and scale length really, REALLY freaked me out, but I couldn't put the thing down! I couldn't hear it without the amp, but I'm hard of hearing, the room was loud, and I wasn't wearing hearing aids at the time. I don't know; does it make sound unamplified?
Nice axe!

mrUKETOBER
09-03-2009, 10:33 PM
wow i want one ! how do you even play a uke bass ? lol like a normal bass ?

Uncle-Taco
09-04-2009, 03:41 AM
wow i want one ! how do you even play a uke bass ? lol like a normal bass ?

Yes, like a normal bass.
That's what was so weird to me. I'm used to my (regular electric) bass, so the very loose string tension and short, short, SHORT scale length of the uke bass was really weird, but I would think one would get used to it very soon.
Those "rubber" strings were freaky, too, and all part of its charm.

It was funny watching people pick those up and start trying to strum them like a regular ukulele! ;)

Ukulele JJ
09-04-2009, 08:13 AM
$600 is not much for a nice instrument.

Agreed. "Normal" bass guitars go for $600 all the time, and no one bats and eye. I guess we're all just used to so many ukes being sub $300.

JJ

rastadan
09-07-2009, 08:12 AM
duuuude tht is soo sic i will let u kno if i ever have tht much money...i wuld buy it so quick

mrUKETOBER
09-08-2009, 12:53 AM
Yes, like a normal bass.
That's what was so weird to me. I'm used to my (regular electric) bass, so the very loose string tension and short, short, SHORT scale length of the uke bass was really weird, but I would think one would get used to it very soon.
Those "rubber" strings were freaky, too, and all part of its charm.

It was funny watching people pick those up and start trying to strum them like a regular ukulele! ;)

hahah i bet ! i really want one now ! i have been playing bass alot but i dont own one myself.. but i play it in 2 bands lol .. so im thinking i might get this for me to jam on at home

grammy
11-11-2009, 12:40 AM
i want one so bad it hurts.:iwant::iwant::iwant::drool::

nohandles
11-12-2009, 01:49 AM
That is way cool. I started building one before I got let go on my job and that side tracked me. What kind of strings are on it? Ashbory?
It sounds great guess I have to get mine finished.

grammy
11-12-2009, 10:00 AM
i mailed kala yesterday. i am left handed and i wanted to know if they are planning a run of leftie models...and the answer... YES, it will take about 8 months but they are planning it! i'm gonna pre order, i have to have it.

dirk.li
11-13-2009, 08:04 AM
I'd definitely like one, but the price just hurts...

Excellent sound sample, btw! :shaka:

bornagainjeeper
11-14-2009, 04:16 PM
how is it supposed to be tuned...i would assume DGBE or is it EADG like a bass

Uncle-Taco
11-14-2009, 05:12 PM
They're tuned just like a bass.

sporter323
03-17-2010, 08:14 AM
I bought the fretless, Spruce top, and I love it! I posted this in another area:

I just got mine last week and I gigged with it last night. I brought my acoustic Michael Kelly along just in case all hell broke loose. Well, it didn't. All of the members of the band loved the sound. I agree that if you work with the EQs you can get quite a full and robust sound. My husband, a pro pianist, was sitting in the audience and he loved the sound as well. This particular gig has a small band area so it is nice to use a small instrument instead of the long necks I usually negotiate in this space. I will need to practice the shorter spaces between frets to get the tuning more perfect but I did not feel I was off the mark much. It is new so I had to tune more than usual but...I think today, after its workout, it will be more stable. We play bluegrass, folk, and blues. Worked well in all those genres. It had the smokiness I needed for Summertime and the crispness for moving patterns in Blue Yodel. I am happy and very pleased to have this in my collection.

Chris Tarman
03-17-2010, 12:36 PM
It's still less than a lot of good basses! I am curious if anyone has used these things at pretty high volume? I am wondering about feedback. I play in a semi-loud band, but would love to use one.

old-fashioned
03-22-2010, 01:10 PM
It's still less than a lot of good basses! I am curious if anyone has used these things at pretty high volume? I am wondering about feedback. I play in a semi-loud band, but would love to use one.

Yes, same question here... I have an el/ac bass guitar and it's not easy to play it with drums ext because of feedback issues.

jehicks87
04-04-2010, 04:30 AM
I don't know if this is allowed here, but they have then for $400 here http://www.ukeladymusic.com/store/catalog.php?item=144
I'm pretty interested in one of these. They play the same as a regular bass guitar, right?

This is by far my favorite version of stand by me ever recorded that has been brought to my attention... EVER. Just so happens to be a Uke and Bass Uke version. Good stuff. Anybody notice most things sound better on a Uke of some sort? :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HchbmLIV3w

sporter323
05-20-2010, 05:44 AM
Through several medical events (read breast cancer!), I had become compromised in strength. So, I gradually went from the upright acoustic bass, to electric guitar basses, to an upright electric bass to the Kala U-Bass. OMG! It is easy to carry around (one of my issues now) and in tight gig spaces, a wonder on the bandstand. I have the fretless version and found the adaptation to the shorter fretboard easy to accommodate. I do watch my intervals a bit more carefully but should anyway. The sound is indistinguishable from any of the basses that I have loved in the past. I do use a pre-amp because I like a bit more oomph and control over the timbre of the instrument. All in all, I am thrilled to death. Getting to a gig, loading the car....all the glamour of gigging...is made so much easier with this bass. Worth every penny---that's what I make gigging anyway! Now, I can downsize my car to a mini-Cooper (LOTS more gigs to get that I am afraid!)

cb56
06-18-2010, 04:00 PM
Just got the spruce version and I love it. Can't wait to play it with our family Uke group.

kengojames
06-23-2010, 02:51 AM
I played the fretless version when i was in hawaii. and i loved it!!!! does anyone know if the mahogany one is really worth the extra 100 i know it has much better tuners but does it make that much of a difference. i dont know how to play bass do you think i should go with the fretted or fretless?? i like the "freeness" of the fretless but do you think it would be hard for me to pick it up ? and can you just use a guitar amp for this or do you think i should get a bass amp? i was looking at the roland bass rx micro cube good amp anyone know??

sebi
06-23-2010, 03:06 AM
I played the fretless version when i was in hawaii. and i loved it!!!! does anyone know if the mahogany one is really worth the extra 100 i know it has much better tuners but does it make that much of a difference. i dont know how to play bass do you think i should go with the fretted or fretless?? i like the "freeness" of the fretless but do you think it would be hard for me to pick it up ? and can you just use a guitar amp for this or do you think i should get a bass amp? i was looking at the roland bass rx micro cube good amp anyone know??

If you don't play bass and want to start with a UBass, I'd suggest you start with a fretted one. It will be more fun, since you'll be able to find the right note right away.

As for the extra $100: In my opinion, basses with an all mahogany body sound way better than others. But obviously, that is a very subjective thing. Tastes are different. I own a mahogany top UBass and I just love it.

cb56
06-23-2010, 01:02 PM
I've seen posts over at talkbass by folks who have played both that say they sound the same. One guy who has also played the acacia wood model says the same. Just depends on if it's worth it to you. Also I agree, get the fretted one.
also yes get a bass amp not a guitar amp. I play bass and have a regular bass rig, but I picked up a small Fender rumble 30 bass combo ($179) to use with the Ubass. The small rumble 15 is $99. Not real loud but good enough for practice.

Chris Tarman
06-23-2010, 01:22 PM
I've seen posts over at talkbass by folks who have played both that say they sound the same. One guy who has also played the acacia wood model says the same. Just depends on if it's worth it to you. Also I agree, get the fretted one.
also yes get a bass amp not a guitar amp. I play bass and have a regular bass rig, but I picked up a small Fender rumble 30 bass combo ($179) to use with the Ubass. The small rumble 15 is $99. Not real loud but good enough for practice.

Have you played the Ubass through your regular rig? My question that no one has answered yet is: how are they at fairly loud volumes? I have an Ampeg SVT 3 Pro head and (usually) an Ampeg 4x10 cabinet, and don't normally run through the PA (I wish I did, but neither of the bands seem to want to mess with micing or D/Iing anything....). So my onstage rig is the only thing filling the room with bass. I am not HUGELY loud on stage but I am wondering if there would be feedback issues. I also normally have to stand fairly close to my amp, because of space constraints. Any thoughts?

cb56
06-25-2010, 01:36 AM
No, I haven't. My guess is that you would have feedback issues just like any other amplified acoustic instrument. If I was in your situation I would maybe buy the solid body version OR get a 10 band EQ stomp box to fight feedback OR get a smaller amp for the ubass.
There is a guy over at talkbass.com that uses his with a large rig. Check out this thread he started....
http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=656509&highlight=kala
hope this helps.
cb

cb56
07-20-2010, 04:14 PM
Just thought i'd add a pic of my Ubass and little amp.
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b257/cb56/bass%20rig/UbassRig.jpg