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    Default Which Bass Uke

    So far I have tried:-

    Kala U Bass c500/$600, pretty impressive
    ( way more than I want to play, played one as reference v others )
    Makala c225/$300, not impressed
    Kala Journeyman, favourite of those played within budget
    Kala Rumbler, was OK, a bit louder than Journeyman but far more fret buzz

    Not had chance to try any others as yet.

    Looking for either an electro acoustic or solid electric about 300 / $400

    Any suggestions for makes and models to hunt out to a test play?
    Col.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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    I recently got the Journeyman, which also had fret buzz, but Kala fixed it under warranty and it's very good now. I've also bought a couple direct from China through AliExpress for good prices that I'm happy with, both acoustic and solid body.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
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    Which AliExpress models did you get Mike?
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maki66 View Post
    Which AliExpress models did you get Mike?
    A couple of years ago I bought a Musoo Guitar bass uke that I modified to look like a walnut Rickenbacker. Recently I found an Aiersi solid body that I'm going to modify to look like a Bongo Bass. I now remember I didn't buy an acoustic, but see them all the time. I like the Rondo.com Hadean acoustic basses sold in the States, which look just like the ones on AliExpress.






    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 5 acoustic bass ukes, 11 solid body bass ukes, 9 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 34)

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    Ukenbacker

    I like that.
    Col.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
    Ukes - Kala KA-TEME and Risa ST electric solid body.
    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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    I started out with a Rumbler, 2 years ago, it was a good starter. then I picked up a Kala Exotic Mahogany, 2012 model without a preamp, very nice! Recently found a 2011 Kala Spruce top fretless without preamp, I love it. Obviously I like the Kalas, I think they're top shelf as far as a Ubass. Journeyman might be a good starter. Had a Hadean Beatle bass, but it sounded terrible, sent it back. Some people have had good luck with Hadean, but you take your chances. Donner DUB-1 is a decent budget model too, I've heard about good results.
    Last edited by UkerDanno; 06-09-2019 at 04:09 AM.
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    I have a Kala SMHG-FS which I bought used

    I got it within a week of learning about the U-Bass for the first time and didn't appreciate what a high end instrument I'd purchased. I've never played another U-Bass of any description

    I think it is amazingly good

    I put it through a Fender Rumble 40 for amateur gigs, and can't believe how loud it is and how good it sounds

    As a matter of interest, I play it with my thumb (or a pick) to give it depth. Never with my fingers - which I always use on a bass guitar

    As a reference point, my other basses are a Fender MIA Precision and a Fender MIA Jazz

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    Kmise have now got a bass uke out as well .... could be worth considering, specially if on a budget
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Electric...zP-UEiyHyVavrw
    Mainland Banjo Ukulele - Mahogany
    70s Kamaka Soprano
    Graham Bird Concert in All Australian Native Timber
    Bruce Wei Pineapple Tenor in Acacia
    Kala Travel Concert High G with external K&K pickup
    Kala Travel Concert Low G with external K&K pickup
    Anuenue Concert Papa II with internal K&K pickup
    1920s Harmony Uke



    Forster Jumping Fleas Ukulele Band

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