Kala U-Bass, Fretted - Exotic Mahogany

Short-scale Acoustic-electric Bass Travel Guitar with Exotic Mahogany Top, Back, Sides, and Neck; Rosewood Fingerboard; Active EQ; Built-in Tuner; and Custom Padded Gig Bag - Natural
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Extremely Portable Acoustic-electric Bass!

This gorgeous Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass gives you full-sized bass tone your can comfortably travel with. In fact, the U-Bass is small enough to fit into the overhead compartment of an airplane, yet's it's packed with thick, rich acoustic bass tone that's bolstered by an exotic mahogany body. Forget about its actual size - the U-Bass's tone comes startlingly close to that of traditional double bass (something that anyone used to lugging around an upright will love). And since this little uke-style instrument uses traditional bass tuning, there's virtually no learning curve if you're used to a standard bass guitar. From session work to all-night gigs, you'll be glad you picked up this Exotic Mahogany U-Bass from Kala.

Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass Acoustic-electric Travel-sized Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Special U-Bass Strings provide deep, expressive, and rich acoustic bass tone
  • The right tonewoods bring out this U-Bass's warm and woody sound
  • Custom Kala electronics with active EQ make this U-Bass a real live performer
Special U-Bass Strings provide deep, expressive, and rich acoustic bass tone

The secret behind the big sound of the Kala U-Bass is almost as cool as its small, ultra-portable format. It comes from the combination of the right tonewoods and Kala's unique polyurethane strings. These lightweight, large-diameter strings provide plenty of low frequency oomph, which resonates with a deep, rich, and wooden quality that's both reminiscent of the coveted upright sound and colored with a uniquely musical U-Bass quality all of its own.

The right tonewoods bring out this U-Bass's warm and woody sound

As an acoustic instrument, another major factor in the Exotic Mahogany U-Bass's tone is the selection of tonewoods Kala chose. This U-Bass gives you the characteristically full-bodied sound of mahogany construction. Plus, it looks simply amazing! Add to that a rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge, and you get a kind of dark warmth that blossoms with every note.

Custom Kala electronics with active EQ make this U-Bass a real live performer

Introduced on the 2013 edition of the U-Bass, Kala's custom electronics give this U-Bass a vibrant and realistic sound when you play plugged in. An active equalizer lets you tweak your tone, effortlessly meeting the needs of even the most demanding venues. What's more, Kala even equipped this U-Bass with an onboard tuner - an essential part of any musician's live kit.

Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass Acoustic-electric Travel-sized Bass Guitar Features:
  • A fun, beautiful, and massive-sounding acoustic-electric bass guitar you can take anywhere
  • Compact 21"-scale, 16-fret fingerboard provides plenty of room to play
  • Fat, proprietary polymer strings deliver deep bass resonance
  • Exotic mahogany construction provides full-bodied warmth with an incredibly deep fundamental
  • Separate compensated saddles for each string and die-cast tuners keep your tuning and intonation solid
  • Onboard piezo pickup with active equalizer provides exceptional sound in any live environment
  • Extremely portable (meets most carry-on standards)
  • Deluxe custom U-Bass embroidered logo gig bag included
Get upright bass sound without the bulk with a Kala Exotic Mahogany U-Bass!

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Tech Specs

String Type Proprietary polyurethane
Number of Strings 4
Body Shape U-Bass
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Polyurethane
Top Wood Exotic Mahogany
Back & Sides Wood Exotic mahogany
Body Bracing U-Bass
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Binding Black
Neck Shape U-Bass
Number of Frets 16
Scale Length 20.375"
Tuning Machines Die-cast
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 1.75"
Body Length 14"
Body Width 10.25" lower bout, 7.75" upper bout
Body Depth 3.25"
Overall Length 29.25"
Electronics Piezo pickup with active EQ and tuner
Strings Road Toad Strings, RT-BASS4
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number UBASS-EM-FSwBAG

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Kala U-Bass

I'd heard one of these played in a crowd at a local festival, and had to add one to my menagerie. It's beautiful, extremely well engineered, and overall an XLNT modern instrument. The day after I received it, I played it in a gig (amplified) with a jazz band. The guys and gal loved its sound. I've been using it, both amped and unplugged for recording projects, and haven't touched either of my Fender basses since! Its sound is about midway between my Mariachi "Guitarron" and my big, upright "doghouse" bass. Run through my inexpensive bass effects/mixer box and into my little GK bass amp, it's as mean and lean as my Fender JB and much easier on the fingers!
Music background: I've played every day for 50 years.
5/5

The ONLY Truly Portable Bass to Buy

Each type of Kala bass is different, but they all sound fantastic through a good bass amp, and the playability is unmatched. You do have to fret more precisely on fretted models to get pure tones, due to the shorter scale, but once you are used to it, the sound is deep and resonant. I could not ask for more in an electric bass, and I have owned Fender PBs, Gibsons and other great basses. Get one and really enjoy carrying and playing it at every opportunity. Thanks, Sweetwater, for excellent service!
5/5

Kala ubass

This is a fantastic, powerhouse of a little bitty instrument. It blows the minds of everyone when I fire up and tear down the blues. But still mellow , soft and gentle enough for gospel, and rough enough for country.Tones are exactly what I was looking for....Without all the heavy gear to lug. Having a constrictive disease in my fretting hand , this UBass has allowed me to still play, and am confident it'll last me till the rest of me gives out. Love it so much I just bought another one !
Music background: casual player of country, blues, gospel, ...clubs, studio , churches.
5/5

Amazing sound and value

Wow! I just can't believe the quality of sound of this instrument in the studio and the authentic acoustic bass quality. And it is all happening in a compact package that travels and stores well. And it's incredibly fun to play!! I highly recommend this to friends.
Music background: Professional Musician, Recording and Sound Enthusiast
5/5

Awesome

Awesome service awsome item.
Music background: Professional

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Kala U-Bass

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