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whatevsalex
02-08-2009, 07:17 PM
i stumbled upon this little article and thought it was pretty cool.. just wanted to share. im curious to see how it sounds

http://www.largesound.com/ashboryarticle/concept/ukulele/

cpatch
02-08-2009, 07:41 PM
If you check the bass section of the forums you'll find several threads about bass ukuleles, including the latest about Kala's entry into the category.

whatevsalex
02-09-2009, 07:23 PM
If you check the bass section of the forums you'll find several threads about bass ukuleles, including the latest about Kala's entry into the category.

oh sweet deal. ill check that out

Ukuleleblues
02-10-2009, 11:38 AM
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3IUSd5c6VM

$1,499

Pete Howlett
02-10-2009, 11:55 AM
I don't want to be rude but can anyone explain to me why? The coolest setup is to see a duo of soprano ukulele and upright bass. Why reduce that sound to this - I bet it sucks acoustically :eek:

dnewton2
02-10-2009, 12:13 PM
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3IUSd5c6VM

$1,499

If you read the comments below the video it says from the video poster, assumed to be Mike Upton, it will list for $599. A real Roadtoad bass might run $1499.

Yeah Pete I read somewhere it is not ment to be played acoustically, unless you want some "silent" practice.

NukeDOC
02-10-2009, 12:47 PM
I don't want to be rude but can anyone explain to me why? The coolest setup is to see a duo of soprano ukulele and upright bass. Why reduce that sound to this - I bet it sucks acoustically :eek:

i totally agree. i just dont see the point in a 4 string bass ukulele with enormous nylon strings... especially if it is tuned exactly like a bass guitar. i just dont see the point. but to each their own. i wont poke fun. but just out of curiosity... what deciding factor classifies it as a "bass ukulele" versus a "small scale acoustic bass guitar"???

Faib227
02-10-2009, 01:00 PM
that is awesome

Bassukuguy
02-10-2009, 01:04 PM
im not completely sure but i think the strings are made of rubber... not nylon. i dont think that the E would actually be able to move if it was solid nylon.

and as a bassist i completely agree, i think they missed the mark on the point of a bass here. i think the only reason this exists is because someone got bored. its an intresting concept and all but really its just an extremely short scale acoustic bass that you wont be able to hear unless its amped... idk just not a fan...

Bassukuguy
02-10-2009, 01:06 PM
evidently i was incorrect, they are poly strings... well how about that, opinion still not changed.

thejumpingflea
02-10-2009, 02:04 PM
I don't want to be rude but can anyone explain to me why? The coolest setup is to see a duo of soprano ukulele and upright bass. Why reduce that sound to this - I bet it sucks acoustically :eek:

All I know Pete is that *I* want one. Haha and to me that is all that matters when it comes to purchasing a new instrument. ;)

cpatch
02-10-2009, 02:14 PM
and as a bassist i completely agree, i think they missed the mark on the point of a bass here. i think the only reason this exists is because someone got bored.
I couldn't disagree more...they identified a niche market that wasn't being served and targeted it. I think it will get a lot of people interested in bass who haven't played before. And who cares if it has to be amplified? Grab a portable battery-powered bass amp and head to the nearest kanikapila.

echo
02-11-2009, 04:37 AM
and as a bassist i completely agree, i think they missed the mark on the point of a bass here.
The point of a bass is its size? I thought the point of the bass was its sound. Can you really give it a fair critique without hearing it?

I haven't heard a bass uke being played yet, but I've heard an Ashbory bass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashbory_bass) in recordings before, and they sound very nice. It's not the same as a standard electric bass or an upright bass, but it sounds good.

Stackabones
02-11-2009, 04:46 AM
Maybe the uke bass is to bassists what the uke is to guitarists? An object of ridicule, scorn, and jealously. ;) :nana:

Leisureclub
02-11-2009, 04:59 AM
I'll probably buy one. I have played bass guitar off and on for 15 years or so. Last summer, I broke my elbow, and rehab didn't get it back to perfect.

So, the long scale of a bass guitar is a little cumbersome for my jacked up arm. Very uncomfortable to play. I guess it probably would get better though if I played a ton.