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kissing
10-19-2011, 02:09 AM
Upon some Youtube video hunting, I came across this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF4omm67jkQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF4omm67jkQ

Apparently its a bass ukulele that takes a special gauge of classical guitar strings.

To my ears, it sounds the best out of all the bass ukes I've heard. I like how it sounds firm and has sustain (more so than the Ubass). According to the maker in one of the comments, the acoustic sound is not bad either as they're classical-guitar-like strings (I'm guessing it's just a very thick wound string).

I wonder how much it costs..


Info page:
http://www.guitars.de/stevens-custom-guitar/galerie/akustik-instrumente/bass-ukulele/


Bass Ukulele

Our new baby out of the ukulele family!

Ukulele Bass? A contradiction in terms?

We have been searching for the perfect strings for our Ukulelenbass and now they have found. Multiple-wrapped nylon strings.

Our bass has the dimensions of a baritone ukulele, a scale length of 53 cm and is constructed of solid wood in our workshop. Very handy and the amazing thing, it sounds, thanks to the construction and the special strings like a "big" bass. And it is tuned exactly like a bass guitar. A real game play purely acoustic and so loud that he can prevail against other acoustic instruments. Who still wants it louder, a pickup is fitted as standard.

zac987
10-19-2011, 04:33 AM
I'd have to agree with you. It definitely sounds better than all the other bass ukuleles I've heard.

bazmaz
10-19-2011, 04:40 AM
Not been impressed with the sound of the Kala U Bass unplugged at all, but saw a video recently of it strung with the brand new Aquila bass strings - sounded like a different instrument!

AnnaUK
10-19-2011, 06:01 AM
I wonder how much it costs..

According to this page:
http://www.guitars.de/stevens-custom-guitar/preise/
(and scroll down a bit)

Bass Ukulele includes case cedar + PU 990
Bass Ukulele includes case Sitka top + PU 990

Wow - 990 Euros is 866 GBP or $1340 USD (according to the mighty Oracle of Google).

Still, it's very cool and I like the sound. But I won't be getting one at that price(!)

kissing
10-19-2011, 12:07 PM
Ouch, I didn't see the price. I knew there was a catch :(

PhilUSAFRet
10-19-2011, 02:48 PM
Wasn't surprised about the price as soon as I saw pictures, saw where it was made, etc. Wouldn't mind having one, but ...............

marymac
10-19-2011, 07:59 PM
Not been impressed with the sound of the Kala U Bass unplugged at all, but saw a video recently of it strung with the brand new Aquila bass strings - sounded like a different instrument!

Anybody heard when/where the new Aquila Ubass strings will be available?