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    Default Other bass uke choices.

    Here are some other bass ukes I've seen online recently. I just might get the Oscar Schmidt/Washburn flame maple.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/chuya-online...3D361318476028

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Oscar-Sc...-/361318476028

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    I've tried the Rondo Bass Solid. The Gold Tone Solid. The Rondo Bass acoustic. Kala acoustic. Kala Sub-U and and Kala California.

    The Kala California blows them all out of the water by a long distance. Mike you should come by my house and try my Kala California. For the amount of money you are throwing at all that junk you could get a bass that is clearly much much better.

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    Thanks Sherry. It's really just a lark for me, I have so much fun acquiring, modifying, rotating. My Gold Tone acoustic is really good and that's my go-to for gigs, the others are just for the fun of it.

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    The Oscar Schmidt looks nice , but the others look nice but I bet use the same cheap electronics as the hadean. I'm definitely focusing on a California 5, however long it takes. I almost won a gold tone solid body on eBay but I'm glad I didn't now, I would still want the kala. I tried a Cali 4 in a bass shop yesterday and it felt amazing.

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    Any one out there own/tried the ohana obu-22?

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    I bought the Oscar Schmidt, I don't mind being the guinea pig. I have a set of Gotoh bass tuners and I'll use a set of Thunder Reds, my first try with them. The preamp on it looks the same as what came on my Gold Tone acoustic, it was fine, but I actually changed it to a very nice Joyo from China. The only variable is the pickup, which also looks like the ones on my Gold Tone and Hadean, so we'll see.


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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    I've tried the Rondo Bass Solid. The Gold Tone Solid. The Rondo Bass acoustic. Kala acoustic. Kala Sub-U and and Kala California.

    The Kala California blows them all out of the water by a long distance. Mike you should come by my house and try my Kala California. For the amount of money you are throwing at all that junk you could get a bass that is clearly much much better.
    With respect to your experience with these instruments, could you be more specific?

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    Most of those Uke Basses look very similar to me (and like copies of Kala's original U-Bass), with the notable exception of the Ohana OBU, the Aquila ShortBassOne and maybe the Goldtone MicroBass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    With respect to your experience with these instruments, could you be more specific?
    So here is why the Kala California is a gigantic improvement over the others I've played:

    1. Sound - Kala uses LR Baggs active electronics. The pickup is higher quality than anything else on any of these small basses. If you use a quality amp you can really hear the difference.

    2. Balance - The Kala California is wonderfully balanced. No neck dive.

    3. Small body - Very comfortable to hold. You don't need a big body with a solid body instrument.

    4. Neck - The neck feels great to hold. Fret ends are properly finished.

    5. Frets - Kala uses very high quality frets on the instrument.

    6. Overall Fit and Finish - Mine is fantastic.

    When I play the Kala California, everything about it feels right and it sounds great. It's in a whole different league from the Asian made Kalas - which are not bad at all.

    I think the Rondo acoustic is a very good deal for the price although it is quite unrefined. The Rondo solid body that I had had simply horrid electronics. The Kala Sub-U is a great little bass, with a very different sound from the California, but the balance and neck are nowhere near that of the California.

    I am as guilty as anyone of buying a lot of junk when the same amount of money would get me something that's really good. Of the ones I have owned the Rondo solid body and the Gold Tone solid body particularly deserved to be called junk. Although in fairness to the Gold Tone, even Gold Tone agrees that the one I got is defective. But from a design perspective I'm not fond of the neck or the weight or balance. The Kala Sub-U that I bought is a bass that I love despite it's flaws, but I have spent some money to upgrade it. As it originally came, the pickup jack was just too cheap.

    I have not experienced the ShortBassOne. At this point if I were to recommend for a first time buyer I'd say this:

    1. For a really cheap U-Bass to see how you like it and don't want to spend much - the Rondo Acoustic is the "best" buy. It has a lot of the faults of the Kala Rumbler (cheaply made, don't like the strings, no access plate in the back). If you want the cheapest it's a better deal than the Kala Rumbler.

    2. Kala Acoustic solid top (not the rumbler). This is a few hundred more and worth it. Much higher quality. Better strings (the Pahoeohe strings work overall better than the silver strings). Back access plate. My preference is for the earlier ones with passive electronics.

    3. Kala Sub-U Bass - I love mine. In fact I prefer the solid body U-Basses for the size. You need to plug in anyway. Also no feedback issues. Access to higher frets. The only reason I don't recommend this for first time buyers over the Acoustic is that it is a solid body. With some ukulele groups you have to have an "acoustic".

    On the other hand if you are have some experience with the bass and you know you are going to be playing it, and you don't mind spending a bit more, the Kala California is more expensive but in my opinion well worth the extra dollars. Analogizing to ukuleles - many people feel that a Kamaka is well worth the extra dollars over a Kala. Most of the U-Basses are comparable in quality to a $100 ukulele. The Kala California is like moving up to a K brand.

    Also while all the Uke Basses look very similar, there more differences between them than between one ukulele and another.

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    Thank you for your great assessment of these instruments Katy. It is extremely helpful and informative. I will read it several times (I'm old and it takes me a while, LOL)

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