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Kala U-Bass Spruce Top (Fretted)

by Kala

List Price: $530.00
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  • Proprietary Polyurethane Strings
  • Standard Bass Tuning
  • Acoustic/Electric
  • Includes Gig Bag, 20" Scale
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003EUIOG0
  • Item model number: KA-UBASS-2-FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,494 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 29, 2009

Product Description

If you closed your eyes and heard the Kala U-Bass, you may think you're listening to a real-deal acoustic upright bass. When you opened them and saw this pint-sized package, you may think someone was pulling a trick on you. But that's not the case here. The Kala U-Bass has been known to have a surprisingly close sound to an upright bass. Big things do come in small packages! To get that great tone, Kala gave this U-Bass an solid spruce top to add air to its mahogany back and sides. Another classic tonewood, rosewood, makes up the fingerboard and bridge. If you're a bassist on the go... traveling, backpacking, whatever - don't leave your music at home. Take the U-Bass with you. And if you happened to get a gig along the way? Use the built-in Shadow piezo pickup system to plug in and play!

Customer Reviews

I am just a beginner player, but this is a great sounding instrument.
Kindle Customer
I like the string bass sound, and always tried to emulate it with my bass guitars, mostly by using flat wound strings, and less high range tones.
Alan M. Mooney
I am a very meticulous person, so some of the things I note may be of little concern to others.
3 FINGER GUITAR GUY

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan M. Mooney on August 15, 2010
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This bass was recommended by a friend who plays ukulele. I also play ukulele, but not very well. I was a bass player first. I like the string bass sound, and always tried to emulate it with my bass guitars, mostly by using flat wound strings, and less high range tones. This little bass sounds more like a string bass than any bass guitar I ever played! The sound is BIG and, well, BASSEY! I never could play slap style bass, and because it uses piezo pickups, I doubt this is a good cadidate for that style. If like me you like old school reggae (Sly and Robbie, Lloyd Brevett of the Skatalites, etc.) this is for you! I love it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By 3 FINGER GUITAR GUY on January 6, 2012
I received my uBass 2 (spruce top, fretted) and love it. I usually play short (30") scale basses and did not find the size of this bass that hard to adapt too. I am playing it thru an Ampeg Portabass amp and the tone is great. As everyone says, very much similar to an upright bass. I used the normal passive input (without an outboard pre-amp) and have no trouble getting a nice tone and plenty of volume.

Someone had commented about concern that quality control might suffer with the great demand. I am a very meticulous person, so some of the things I note may be of little concern to others. I have not seen an earlier production model but I was somewhat disappointed in the QC on this uBass. Right out of the box, The input jack was lose, there were 3 tiny spots of something, orange in color, apparently spilled on the top after the finish had partially dried (and left there). The finish is so thin you can feel the wood grain pretty much every where. The ends of the frets are poorly dressed and are felt when you run your hand up/down the neck. The magnetic cover for string access is not flush and can be dislodged accidentally. I know this is not a $ 1000 instrument but I did expect a little better... I have a Jay Turser jazz box made in China and it is perfect...

For those considering a uBass purchase, here are the stats from mine:
neck width at the nut 1.77"
neck width at the 12th fret 2.2"
neck thickness at 1st fret 1.8"
scale 20.375"
neck meets the body at the 12th fret
lower bout 10.187"
upper bout 7.687"
body depth at lower bout 3.125+"
body depth at upper bout 2.75"

nominal string diameters (after one re-string/stretching as per KALA video)
E string = .185"
A string = .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Megustalo on November 22, 2011
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Ended up buying two of these through Amazon after trying my brother's. The first was a gift for a friend and that one fortunately is fine. The one I bought for myself however, is not. I'm sending it back for rework because the D and G strings buzz all the way up and down the neck. Service from George's Music (Jimmy) has been very good, but ultimately they recommended returning it to Kala for repair because the headstock nut (I offered to swap it out myself for a re-cut version) is epoxied in place and consequently there is a risk of damage upon unskilled removal. So Kala will replace it and hopefully this will lift the action sufficiently to eradicate the dreaded buzz. Otherwise, I think the bass is a great innovation and is well-crafted. Just know there is some risk of getting one that's not set up quite right, and though this is often the case with string instruments, there's not a lot you can do about it on this unit - no truss rod and nuts are epoxied in at the factory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Hendrix on June 20, 2012
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I haven't performed in public yet, but I like the sound and I especially like that you can practice without amping. I'm still a beginner, but I like this way better than an electric bass guitar. Wish the price weren't so high, but they have a unique product without competition and if you want it, you gotta pay. That's why the four stars instead of five. C'mon Kala, be nice! Make it more affordable and sell way more units! Mahalo for the case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iggy Noble on March 21, 2013
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This really is an amazing instrument. Plugged in you get the thickest double bass sound that will have you reaching for your Ray Bans. The passive piezo setup is crystal clear, and well balanced between strings. Unplugged, you can sit on the sofa in your duplex apartment at 11pm and noodle for hours feeling the rumble in your chest, all while your neighbor dreams of torturing someone else.
Aguilar Thunderguts help tone, and feel a little closer to what your used to. Be prepared to clean them often, and don't be sloppy about sliding those digits about. It's not quite as bad as balloon animals, but the piezo amplified sound of fingers running up and down a dirty rubber band can get quacky (quackish?).
The small scale mixed with low tension strings means this thing plays like butter, so easy your gonna get spoiled if you don't go back to steel often, but this is not a do everything ax so that shouldn't be a problem.
I love my U-Bass like all my ladies, but like most mail order brides (especially those from overseas) she needed some civilizing. Out of the box the fret ends could saw through skin if you tried, tuning machines where flopping around, endpin jack was nowhere near tight and sucure. I'm used to imports "Set up in the USA" and see the work as part of my own inspection set-up, so a couple hours and a new set of strings later and I was ready to go all night. If you don't do your own work be prepared to pay another fifty or so (Ouch!). Wood finish, assembly, and appointments where near perfect however, and the frets where level. Intonation is acceptable.
If you need a back packer, a new tone to work with, or new inspiration, and you already have Your PB and your 'Ray, this instrument is just plain fun.
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