Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22

Thread: Kala Ubass new/old models?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Posts
    209

    Default Kala Ubass new/old models?

    Hi
    Go a special offer in a shop today for a Kala Ubass.
    I wonder if Kala has made newer editions of the ubass, if so, how can I tell the difference.
    Thanks
    It looks like this one:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Minnesnowda
    Posts
    218

    Default

    Does the bass have a preamp with tuner?

    When I started looking at U-Basses in the fall of 2013 one sales guy said that the older stock had no preamp, just a pickup. The newer stock had the preamp and tuner built in. I was looking at a mahogany plywood with no preamp at the time, which I decided not to buy.
    ===================
    Sopranos: Kamaka Gold Label, Martin S1 (Mexico, currently in violin tuning for my wife), ??Regal?? no-name, Dixie Banjo-lele
    Concerts: Mele Mahogany, Kala Traveler, Kala KA-ACP-CTG (slot head, cedar top, acacia back/sides, low G), Gretsch G9112 Resonator (low G)
    Tenors: Kala KA-ASAC-SP-TGE-C-MM Marcy Marxer, RipTide Mahogany A/E
    Baritone: Silvertone
    U-Bass: Kala Hutch Hutchinson

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Posts
    852

    Default

    As mentioned, old models had the piezo pickup wired straight to the jack, with no preamp. I actually preferred this, because then you could use your own standalone preamp instead of whatever one they put in. My former Hutch Hutchinson model U-Bass was the no preamp model, and it was nice.
    Product Specialist
    Social Media Manager
    GHS Strings - The String Experts

    Ukes:
    Kala Bocote Butterfly Tenor
    Boat Paddle M-Style 5 string Concert

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Posts
    209

    Default

    Thanks. It had a tuner and EQ, so I guess it's up to date.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Posts
    209

    Default

    Brought my tuner to the shop to test the intonation. The two ubasses was both very bad :-( they were about a semitone off above the twelfth fret. They were playable to the 7th fret. Are they all so bad? Think I'll try out the fretless models when I get the chance.

  6. #6

    Default

    It's an issue because the neck is so short. They are generally a bit off after the 12th fret. On the solid body ones there is a little more ability to adjust the intonation. I don't think fretless is the answer. Because the neck is so short with fretless you have to be very accurate or you are off. And as you go up the neck the amount of room you have to deal with to get the note is less. On the whole the u-bass works best on the first seven frets.

  7. #7

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    On the whole the u-bass works best on the first seven frets.
    True of just about any bass! That's why they call them the money notes... ;-)

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Maui
    Posts
    22

    Default

    I am new here and would like to know the opinions of ubass owners. Are the newer ubass with the preamps and hipshot tuners better/same/ less than the older ubass with just the passive pickups and hipshot tuners? I hope I phrased it correctly. Thank you friends...

  9. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by oldpoidog View Post
    I am new here and would like to know the opinions of ubass owners. Are the newer ubass with the preamps and hipshot tuners better/same/ less than the older ubass with just the passive pickups and hipshot tuners? I hope I phrased it correctly. Thank you friends...
    It depends. I have one of the older ones with just a passive pickup. I prefer it to the active models because (a) the stock built in preamp is a cheap thing and when I want to use a preamp I use an external Fishman, and (b) I've had a u-bass preamp battery die on me in the middle of a gig. Other people prefer the built in preamp. Other than the preamp the actual U-Bass is the same.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Maui
    Posts
    22

    Default

    Thank you katysax

    Is there a way then to bypass the preamp on the newer ubass and wire the pick up to an external preamp? Would a luthier be able to make such a modification?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •