Kala U-Bass (4-string, Fretted, Mahogany)
Short-scale Acoustic Bass Travel Guitar with Solid Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Custom Hard-foam Case - Natural
Sorry, the Kala U-Bass (4-string, Fretted, Mahogany) is no longer available. We've left this page up for reference only. Check out the great alternatives on this page or call toll-free (800) 222-4700 to speak with a Sweetwater Sales Engineer about similar products.
From Our Research Team:
Extremely Portable Acoustic BassThe bass you can travel with! The Kala U-Bass sets a new sonic standard for "travel-sized" instruments. This little puppy is tuned in traditional bass tuning, it's sized to fit into the overhead compartment of an airplane, yet's it's packed with thick, rich acoustic bass tone. Many bass fanatics, in fact, feel that the U-Bass offers tones extremely close to the sound of an upright bass. So, what's the secret behind this portable, affordable bass gem's rich sound? We'd wager it's the gorgeous solid mahogany body, complemented by a solid mahogany neck, a rosewood fingerboard, and a rosewood bridge - these are well-respected, time-proven tonewoods.
Of course, the magic in the U-Bass is also in the details. Kala paid attention to the whole instrument, giving it a reliable set of custom Hipshot tuners plus an amazing-sounding Shadow pickup system for when you want to plug in and play.
Veterans of the electric bass guitar will love the Kala U-Bass's great sound, portability, and jam-ready design. This is also the perfect instrument for anyone accompanying an acoustic guitarist on the open mic or coffeehouse circuit. Throw in the included custom hard-foam case, and the Kala U-Bass is an absolute steal!
Kala U-Bass Acoustic-electric Bass Travel Guitar Features at a Glance:
Here's a great-sounding acoustic bass you can take anywhere, the Kala U-BASS!
Can We Help?Sweetwater's friendly and knowledgeable Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and educated professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, they are available to provide personalized advice any time you need it.
Call toll-free (800) 222-4700 or E-mail us
Be the first to review this product
by Leslie Scott from Meridian, MSVery pleased with bass. Works great for a jam session or even for a larger setting. Fun to play.
January 21, 2013
Music Background: Bluegrass
Great serice from Sweetwater!!
Great addition to my bass collection...
by Shawn from SCDO NOT let the size of this bass fool you. It is a monster. You will need a preamp as it is an acoustic passive instrument, but you will love the sound. I use it for an electronic/funk project and a b... read more [+]luegrass band. It has a deep, full-bodied tone that you will love and your band will love. Very clear and powerful, and really complements the bass drum. Almost most upright-sounding, but without all the issues that come with it. I love the sound of this instrument on recordings too.
April 12, 2012
Music Background: Pro/Semi-Pro Musician
Obviously, you will get a few weird looks at first, but that's only a small part of its charm IMO. Trust me, their fears are soon assuaged. After buying one and taking it out a few times the instrument has landed me several gigs already, and has paid for itself several times over. It gets as many requests as my EUB's by bands and fans, which I didn't expect since I originally bought it as a "travel instrument." It is now my go-to bass after the NS Design EUB's.
One last thing, this bass is portable and doesn't require an amp to practice by yourself or with an acoustic player or two. You will play it all around your house, your front porch, at work, etc. It makes it really easy to just woodshed whenever and wherever, and has been great for me as an older player who had started to neglect sightreading practice and just theory stuff in general. My advice, get the FRETLESS model. Maybe it's the strings, but it's really REALLY easy to intonate. I had the fretted model first and thought that it "farted out" entirely too much if you didn't place your finger down exactly right each note...which meant I was always starting at my left hand and not the charts! Seriously, the fretless version of this instrument is the only way to go...bass butter. close [-]
by Tamara from Beaverton, OrWhen I heard my guitar teacher play a Kala U-Bass in concert , I was love struck. Music partner ordered it for me as Xmas gift. It took a month for it to arrive from Sweetwater, but it fullfills all ... read more [+]expectations. Beautiful mahogany, set up is great, sound is thunderous and sweet. Fantastic instrument for smaller hands. close [-]
February 4, 2012
Music Background: Guitarist, Singer
A recording monster
by Tom Bramhall from HuntsvilleReally bought it as a curiosity. On a lark did some tracks with it for someone who had a tune that was acoustic guitar driven. Records very well and fit the tune marvelously. Who knew?
August 1, 2011
Music Background: 40 year veteran
I Love TINY BASS
by Susan from Seattle, WA USAI got this today after lusting for as long as I knew of such a thing's existence and find myself quite happy with it. A couple of big basses have come and gone in my life, but as a person who is on th... read more [+]e smaller side I always felt lost among huge frets. I also generally prefer an upright sort of tone. It's very pretty, has a frog inlay on the headstock, and, oh yes, the electronics sound quite nice, even just though my audio interface. It is a little picky with intonation, even with frets. Fingers must go in exactly the right places and press exactly hard enough. I'll get use to it, but that is the biggest hurdle. It'll be a lot of fun to have along while traveling. close [-]
March 1, 2012
Music Background: Singer/Songwriter
Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Kala U-Bass (4-string, Fretted, Mahogany)
Buy Today, MakeSweetwater's Flexible Payment Plan is a convenient, interest-free way to buy gear now and stretch your purchase across three budget-friendly payments. Simply choose the "3 Easy Payments" option in your cart, and we'll divide your purchase amount into three convenient payments, billed to your current MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. There is a $10 processing fee for using this service, and your billing address must be in the United States to be eligible. It's just another way we make shopping at Sweetwater easy and convenient!
Get your Kala U-Bass (4-string, Fretted, Mahogany) now and spread out the payments!
This program is subject to credit approval. We will pull a copy of your credit report to approve your application.